DARK SKIES (Alliance, 2013) D: Scott Stewart, w/ Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton. Rating: NN; Blu-ray package: NN Rating: NN
Dark Skies isn't a poltergeists-in-suburbia movie, but it acts just like one. After a quick set-up - solid middle-class husband, wife and two sons - we move straight into the weird midnight pranks, the son with the disturbing dreams, the escalating weirdness that turns into all-out attacks, the guy who shows up to explain what's going on, and then the finale.
The spooky harassment takes odd forms that give it some novelty value, but overall the movie feels like writer-director Scott Stewart is more interested in suburban drama than the occult. There's some marital squabbling, the older son's unsuitable friend and burgeoning interest in girls, and the increasingly hostile reactions of the formerly friendly neighbours. But none of that goes anywhere.
Some of the individual scenes work well due to solid performances by Keri Russell and Josh Hamilton, the parents.
Stewart talks about working with child actors and the methods of low-budget filmmaking on the commentary he shares with a pair of producers and his editor.
EXTRAS Commentary, deleted scenes, alternate ending. English, French audio. English, French subtitles.