“Dark Skies” is one of those films that didn’t interest me in the beginning. The film’s trailer looked like another boring film. When I feel that way, I usually don’t watch the film. Still, I figured I give the film a shot since I enjoyed the films that producer Jason Blum has recently produced.
The film follows a husband and wife who are struggling with everything but still live in a nice quiet neighborhood. One night, they witness something mysteriously has going on in their house. The events become more disturbing and soon effects the whole family. Soon, they begin to notice that they’ve been marked by a mysterious and terrifying force. Now they must fight to survive and unravel the mystery of what or who is after them and their family.
Going into “Dark Skies”, I was expecting to not like this film, considering that the film’s trailer didn’t interest me. It looked like another of those boring alien abduction films. Surprising, this was an interesting film that keeps my interest throughout.
One of the reasons for that was the way that Scott Stewart handles the direction. He does a very good job making everything feel dark. From the look of the film to the film’s tone, he does a good job making sure that everything has gloomy feel to it. If the film didn’t have that feel to it, then it would’ve lost my interest immediately since I’m not too fond of alien abduction films. It also helped the film overcome its low budget especially in its final act. The performance were also good. Stewart makes sure the performances kept your interest, as it’s hard to do with a film like this. He does that very well, by making the performance have an intensity to the situation. It made me interested in both Keri Russel’s and Josh Hamilton’s performances, as I was interested in this film.
Stewart’s screenplay was also good. One of thing that he does right is making sure the film had a consistent tone to it. The tone of the story was dark from the beginning to the end of the film. It made the story more engaging to me and suspenseful than what you usually see from alien abduction films. The other thing that I liked about the screenplay was the fact that the character and the action is developed. Stewart does a good job making sure that he takes his time developing everything. Whether it’s the way he develops the family’s history to how the action builds up, it doesn’t feel rushed or forced. It made it into a better story and also helped with the film’s twist at the end. It made me more into the story then I would be with a film like this.
There isn’t many extras on the disc. First, the film’s audio commentary track with writer/director Scott Stewart and producer Jason Blum. This was a good commentary track. I liked how the both of them go into the various aspects of the production and the film’s screenplay. It provided interesting stories about the film. It worth a listen, as this provides the information that you’re looking in a track like this.
After that, the disc wraps up with deleted scene with optional commentary.
The only grip that I have with this disc was there weren’t any behind the scenes featurettes. It would have been nice to hear the cast talk about the film and their characters. It would’ve added another perspective on its making of. Instead, you only have the commentary track to go by.
“Dark Skies” is one of those films that surprises for the quality of acting and storytelling. It’s worth checking out, if you’re into alien abduction thrillers.
Review Rating: Three and a Half Star
Blu-Ray Extras: Two Stars