Dark Skies is a suspense-thriller with a sci-fi-, rather than a paranormal twist. It starts off with a quote by Sir Arthur C Clarke; “Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.” This sets up the first quarter of the movie, when weird shit starts happening and we are implicitly asked the question: What’s really going on here? I anticipated this to remain for a large majority of the movie, but soon – much sooner than I expected – this question is answered. What remains is the constant suspense, not in the least due to some great sound design.
I won’t go into the details of the story as I don’t want to spoil anything, and I highly suggest you do not go watching the trailer if you think you might want to watch this, as it does somewhat spoil the good bits.
The acting in the movie was unobtrusive. Certainly not bad, but nothing exceptionally stellar either. If you want to see what leading lady Keri Russell is really capable of, you’re better off watching the new TV-show “The Americans” where she’s absolutely great. In Dark Skies the script didn’t really lend itself to amazing performances.
Not that there is anything wrong with the script. Immediately from the opening moments the pace is set. Very deliberate and truly taking it’s time, revelations and explanations follow each other in a reasonable and logical succession. This works great, and perhaps is a necessity for a movie of this kind.
Dark Skies is not really my type of film, but this one might have won me over to the genre. It was thrilling in its suspense, and believable in its suspense of disbelief. I can’t really compare this movie to same-genre competitors, as I have actively avoided these in the past, but I can say that I enjoyed this one.