Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 97 minutes
Age Appropriate for: 13+. It’s not a groundbreaking scary movie by any means, just a little creepy—shadowy figures, people walking around without control of their bodies (slamming their heads into walls, etc.), unexplainable wounds and bruises appearing on people. Also some kissing, implied sexual activity, and cursing.
What happened if E.T. actually wanted to kill you? Sci-fi horror flick ‘Dark Skies’ tries to turn all of our understandings about friendly aliens into freaky, terrifying stuff, but while it has some creepy ideas, too much of the film feels stolen from other classics of the genre.
By Roxana Hadadi
We’re not very used to the idea of “scary aliens,” at least not on a macro, human-to-human level. Films like “Signs,” “Battle: Los Angeles,” and even the all-around American classic “Independence Day” (Will Smith’s “Welcome to Earth!” is pretty much the best line of all time) suggest that aliens want to take over our world completely, wiping out civilization in every way possible. The idea of an alien terrorizing someone personally isn’t that common, but that’s what exactly what “Dark Skies” wants us to believe: that it’s actually an alien, not a monster, going bump in the night. The idea is interesting, but the film’s execution isn’t.