Dark Skies Friday, 03 April 2020

Dark Skies

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Horror themes and violence.

  • The pitch:

    A family of space cadets experience some unwanted guests.

  • Starring:

    Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo, Kadan Rockett, JK Simmons

  • Directed by:

    Scott Stewart

  • Running time:

    97 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    A boy discusses a game of modern warfare. Boys tell scary stories. A man smacks his car with an object. Asthma attack. Great White shark attack (on television). Yelling, shouting, bickering. A father tears his son's bedroom apart. Screaming. People experience blackouts, seizures, behave as if possessed. Tall alien-like beings are seen. Head-banging. A boy is shot with a paintball gun. A man attacks a child. Men fight, wrestle, punch. Eyeless face. Photos, news articles of missing children seen. Doors smashed. Home invasion. Gunfire, knife raised. Suicide by gunshot (implied). Abduction, missing child. Blood/gore: Animal blood smears windows, walls. Heavy blood splatter on cupboards, walls, people. Corpse. Bites, scars, bruising. Bloody nose, bloody clothing.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Boys watch a pornographic film. Two females have their clothed breasts squeezed by males. Kissing. Spicing up sex life (mentioned). Swimwear, clingy nightwear.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Marijuana, drug paraphernalia. Stoned behaviour. A woman consumes pills. Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits). Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE:

    S-words, derogatory terms for females, slang for male and female genitalia. Name-calling. Cultural and gender stereotyping.

  • THEMES:

    Science fiction, aliens, abduction, child abuse, families, failure, financial difficulties, stress, unemployment, extra-terrestrials, allergies, illness, unexplainable events, possession, alien markings, skepticism, alien encounters, hallucination, suicide, paranoia.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    July 4th setting. Full moon. Barbecuing meat, bacon. Lizard (without tail), flocks of birds, dead animals, cats, dog. A boy kicks a dead animal. Spitting. Sleepwalking. Bad dreams, rehabilitation, the Sandman, sleep-eating disorder, avian flu, hailstorms, lightning, seizure, MRI, emotional trauma, cancer (mentioned). A family experiences financial troubles. Urine-soaked shorts. Fireworks, firecrackers. Murdered mother seen (dream). TV picture distortion creates strobe effect.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Spooky. Moments of disconcerting drama. Slow-burn approach to narrative (which doesn't work, incidentally). Best thing about the film is the Arthur C Clarke quote that opens it.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    No suspense or plot unravelling, lacks atmosphere. Terrible sceenplay, performances. Absurd, boring, bad, superficial. You might believe in aliens but the actors clearly don't. Pointless sub-plots. Formulaic.

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