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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

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Scott Stewart
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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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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 »

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When Daniel announces he has a new job, the flowers repeatedly jump back and forth between his hands and Lacy's hands between shots. 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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References Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (2011) See more »

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America the Beautiful
Written by Samuel A. Ward and Katharine Lee Bates
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Fails to live up to its potential
24 August 2013 | by Buddy-51See all my reviews

"Dark Skies" works reasonably well for its first 45 minutes or so, until it collapses under the weight of redundancy, over-familiarity and a surfeit of alien-invasion silliness.

The always reliable Keri Russell ("The Americans") and Josh Armstrong play the parents of two young boys whose peaceful suburban home is suddenly invaded by unknown creatures (think of it as "Poltergeist," only with extraterrestrials rather than ghosts as the uninvited guests). The movie is intriguingly atmospheric in its early stages, as strange, inexplicable occurrences begin happening in the house, but the longer "Dark Skies" goes on, the less interesting it becomes, till, finally, we find ourselves awash in a sea of over-baked conspiracy-theory clichés. The ending is fairly admirable, I suppose, but by that point we're even more eager than the family is to hightail it out of that house for good.


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