Dark Skies

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Dark Skies

Aliens do the darnedest things! Or so this batty, Z-grade abduction shocker would have us believe. Though considering these spooky actions include bothering pigeons and sneaking into kids’ bedrooms in the middle of the night, it’s entirely possible that writer-director Scott Stewart has got extraterrestrials confused with dirty old men. Keri Russell plays Lacy, a suburban mum who begins to fear for her family after a series of unexplained events (all of them tiresomely familiar to anyone who’s seen ‘Signs’, ‘Paranormal Activity’, ‘The X-Files’ or ‘The Birds’).

Time and again, Stewart squanders the opportunity to do anything remotely interesting or worthwhile: the characters are cardboard, the visuals bland, the plot simultaneously overfamiliar and completely baffling. Worst of all, the entire film is totally humourless, making for occasional moments of unintended hilarity – the scene where a tranced-out Russell smashes her face repeatedly into a plate-glass door has definite comedy value – but an overall mood of unrelenting po-faced drudgery.

By: Tom Huddleston


Release details

Duration: 100 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Scott Charles Stewart
Cast: Keri Russell
Josh Hamilton
Dakota Goyo