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Dark Skies (2013)

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As the Barrett family's peaceful suburban life is rocked by an escalating series of disturbing events, they come to learn that a terrifying and deadly force is after them, one which may have arrived from beyond the stars.

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Scott Stewart

Writer:

Scott Stewart
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keri Russell ... Lacy Barrett
Josh Hamilton ... Daniel Barrett
Dakota Goyo ... Jesse Barrett
Kadan Rockett ... Sam Barrett
J.K. Simmons ... Edwin Pollard
L.J. Benet ... Kevin Ratner
Rich Hutchman ... Mike Jessop
Myndy Crist ... Karen Jessop
Annie Thurman ... Shelly Jessop
Jake Brennan ... Bobby Jessop (as Jake Washburn)
Ron Ostrow ... Richard Klein
Tom Costello ... Young Father
Marion Kerr ... Young Mother
Alyvia Alyn Lind ... Young Daughter
Josh Stamberg ... Police Officer
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Storyline

The Barrett family-mother Lacy, father Daniel, older son Jesse, and younger son Sammy-reside on a quiet suburban street in an unnamed American city. Daniel is currently unemployed, placing the burden of supporting the family on Lacy, who works as a real estate agent. Their two sons enjoy a happy relationship and communicate with each other from their beds via walk-talkie. A number of strange occurrences befall the family. During the night, the contents of the kitchen are rearranged in bizarre configurations. The house alarm is set off when it detects that all entry points were breached simultaneously. Sammy suffers a fit while playing soccer and Lacy is shocked when hundreds of birds suddenly crash into the house. One night, Lacy is awakened by a sound from Sammy's room. When she goes to check on him, through the darkness she sees a figure standing over his bed. She turns on the light to find an empty room. Sammy is found walking away from the house but cannot remember leaving. Lacy, ...

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Fear the dark See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, terror throughout, sexual material, drug content and language - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los elegidos See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,189,166, 24 February 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$17,411,930, 19 May 2013
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Dolby Digital | Datasat

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Scott Stewart wrote the screenplay in just 6 weeks. See more »

Goofs

While Lacy is on the phone after waking up from her blackout, and her boss calls her, while talking she looks at the phone to see the time, and the screen is what it should be when in a call on an iPhone. But then when the camera switches from her point of view to a third person perspective, she lifts the phone to her ear, and the charging battery icon can be seen briefly, along with the slider that shows on the lock screen, which wouldn't happen while on the phone. See more »

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Title Card: Two possibilities exist... Either we are alone in the universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying. - Arthur C. Clarke
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Referenced in Face Off: Cosmic Conspiracy (2014) See more »

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Stars & Stripes Forever
Written by John Philip Sousa
Performed by The United States Marine Band
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A decent slow burn
3 April 2013 | by Thrill_KillZSee all my reviews

Maybe I had too high of hopes for this. I never, well I try to avoid watching the TV ads and I don't make a habit of watching trailers. Nonetheless I had a pretty good notion of what this film was about and I had really thought maybe this was going to deliver something new that I hadn't seen before. The story was interesting enough for a decent viewing experience & it did have some good frightening scenes spread thinly throughout. Overall it was mainly a psychological thriller and was hardly a horror film, so if you're thinking you're going to be in for any kind of brilliant sci-fi visual experience you won't get much more than very thin "shades" of the most commonly used interpretations of what an alien being looks like. Also don't expect any visual horror scenes because there is little more than a bit of head banging. With a budget of $3.5 million the film relied heavily on story & acting, but laid off on the CGI. Overall it's cast did a fine job & it's production value was as good as any other Hollywood film. While I believe it will hold peoples attention, I doubt many people will be walking out of the theater saying wow or OMG brilliant! The plot was very similar to many other alien abduction films, which made it somewhat predictable right down to the final scene, which contained little more than a very very slight turn of events. Should you run to the theaters or otherwise to see this film, no, but it's still a pretty good watch and do recommend seeing it at your convenience, it's a solid 7/10


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