February 23, 2013
It's gonna take a lot more than Reese's Pieces to please E.T. this time.
Like my title, Dark Skies is a laundry list of horror movie cliches. Night vision amateur video footage? Check. Open the door to find something freaky pop up for a split second and disappear? Check. Run upstairs when you shouldn't even be there in the first place? Check. Don't forget my favorite, the 'ol pan camera up behind someone, turn them around and see something scary where their face should be? Check, check and check.
The one great thing this movie has going for it is J.K. Simmons; although he isn't given nearly enough lines for his dry comic relief to be allowed to shine. Personally, if this movie had featured more of him and somehow woven him into the final scene of the movie, I'd give this film a better rating. He would have made a great "ghost buster," or in this case, a great comic-relief Fox Mulder. Hell, just let him narrate this movie half as well as he did for Portal 2, and you would have had a better movie.
Dark Skies isn't bad, but it isn't great either.
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