Rental Review - Dark Skies

Dark Skies (2013), PG-13, 97 minutes - This is a film that my wife and I had been interested in since we first saw the trailer last year. It was added to our Netflix queue where it sat and sat until the other night when we finally had the opportunity to give it a watch.

Dark Skies is a paranormal thriller that follows the Barretts - Lacy (Keri Russell), Daniel (Josh Hamilton) and their sons Jesse (Dakota Goyo) and Sam (Kadan Rockett) - a family battling financial trouble and the stresses that come along with it. To make matters worse, the family begins experiencing strange phenomena, most of which seem to revolve around Sam and his belief in the stories about the Sandman  told to him by Jesse. As unexplained events continue, other members of the family are effected. Lacy's fear of what is happening leads her to the internet, where she finds a local man named Edwin Pollard (J.K. Simmons) who is considered an expert on the paranormal phenomena they have been experiencing. Lacy and Daniel meet with Pollard and are terrified by what he tells them.

This film follows a pretty basic paranormal thriller story line. It does have a small twist towards the end that keeps it from being completely predictable which is nice. It may have been because of the mention of films such as Insidious and Sinister in the trailer, but I was actually expecting a film dealing with ghosts or demons as opposed to an alien invasion (apparently I missed the tail end of the trailer). Dark Skies doesn't break any new ground for the genre but it is fairly well made and was good for a couple of scares. It gave us a little break from the holiday craziness and we enjoyed it, which is really all I'm hoping for from a rental.


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