“Dark Skies”

March 3rd, 2013 at 4:13 pm by under A Look at the Movies

One StarRated PG-13

1 Hour 35 minutes

Starring: Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, J.K. Simmons

How special would you feel if aliens invaded your home every night? “Dark Skies” or “Close Encounters of the most stupid kind” is enough to give extra-terrestrials a bad name.

I can’t believe Keri Russell has so few film offers coming her way. Keri realized too late “Dark Skies” is for the birds. And I don’t mean the ones committing mass suicide against her living room windows.

What passes for spine tingling terror can easily be explained as nonsensical foolishness, as with all of these bogus nerve janglers. In desperation the family, at their wits end, locates a screwball recluse, played by the usually more selective J.K. Simmons, who has all the answers.

Josh Hamilton is even more traumatized by the paranormal phenomenon running roughshod through their home security system.

There’s not much help for a misguided movie that started off on the wrong foot and just grew progressively worse. And that look frozen on Hamilton’s frightened face is just the look of being dumbfounded how terrible the movie is. Look, if we didn’t trash a few stinkers now and then, we’d never full appreciate the really good stuff when it comes along. “Dark Skies” is a dismal disappointment that’s so shockingly inept.

It deserves even less than 1 star. We’re talking really bad, a true turkey.

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