Dark Skies (2013) – Review

2 Stars

Dark Skies is a solid little chiller for two-thirds of it’s running time. Then the third act torpedoes the story and leaves the viewer scratching their collective heads. Can anyone explain the final scene? Producer Jason Blum knows his way around the genre, which probably explains the on-the-level production vales and casting, even he must have realized the ending is a cop-out not a satisfying conclusion.

Mission: Impossible III (2006) – Review

3 Stars

T.V. director J.J. Abrams makes his feature film debut with the third installment in the Mission Impossible franchise. This entry is a slam-bang action thriller; throwing plausibility out of the window early on and reveling in the techno-gadgetry that makes the series so appealing. Ethan Hunt (Cruise) is aided this time out by series regular Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames), as well as two new operatives on the IMF team. The MacGuffin in this episode is called ‘the rabbits foot’, a mysterious device that can cause a doomsday affect. Abrams and his writers have wisely chosen to treat the object as a perfunctory part of the storyline. The real focus in the screenplay by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, is on the relationship between Hunt and his fiancee, Rachel.