Dark Skies leaves viewers in the dark

Keri Russell stars as the wife of a laid-off architect in

Keri Russell stars as the wife of a laid-off architect in “Dark Skies.”

Daniel Green and Daniel Green

Dark Skies is movie with an interesting concept, but it fails to deliver on story and scares by relying too much on clichés and execution.

The story revolves around the ordinary Berrett family trying to cope with unexplained incidents around there home.

While the events start to become more violent, the family never seems to be in any real danger.

It isn’t until the end that the movie makes the viewer feel like the family has something to lose, and by this point the viewer has a hard time caring.

Another aspect that took the film down a bad route was how unlikable the family was.

For an audience to care about characters, they must relate to them and want them to overcome the challenges they face.

Except for one character in the movie, there was no other member of the family who could have caused any empathy with the audience whatsoever.

The other problem was that the story was too unclear on what was happening.

It felt like the writer wanted to play on the audience’s fear of the unknown and keep the viewers in the dark.

While this can be an effective tactic, it can be a balancing act.

There’s a fine line between mysterious and confusing that writers should always be aware of.

No one wants to pull back the curtain and reveal the wizard right away, but eventually you have to show the audience something or it will get bored.

This caused the story to drag around the one hour mark, and like someone telling a rambling story after a while, one just wants them to get to the point.

It tries to build to a big ending, but it feels unsatisfying. Even a couple surprises at the end fail to make it interesting.

By the end, it feels like this movie might just abduct ninety minutes of any person’s life.