"Skyline? Yeah, I've seen it. It has a fine ending." The casual remark from a friend made me much more curious about the movie than the actual trailer so I gave it a shot. He was right, it does have a great ending. Such a shame that the rest does not measure up.
Review by Wasa
August 4, 2011
Director: Colin Strause and Greg Strause
Joshua Cordes and Liam O'Donnell
Scottie Thompson as Elaine
Eric Balfour as Jarrod
Brittany Daniel as Candice
David Zayas as Oliver
Donald Faison as Terry
Movie tagline: If you think you can hide...if you think you can resist...if you think you can survive...You haven't seen the light.
In a nutshell, it is an alien invasion movie where aliens use a bright pale light to mesmerize people and lure them aboard their spaceship.
The movie follows a handful of people in Los Angeles who are caught up in the event and try to find a way to escape.
Watching this movie I had a strange feeling that they spliced together two incompatible films.
On the one hand, there are the captivating and original aliens, obviously designed with great care for detail. On the other hand, the human characters are plain undeveloped and shallow. Try as I might, I could not bring myself to sympathize with Jarrod and Elaine, the two main characters.
Jarrod is a cool guy until his girlfriend, Elaine, tells him she is pregnant. As you would expect, he freaks out. And now, with the alien invasion pending, he has to deal with that, too. What a bummer! By the way, from the story's point of view, it would make more sense if he was a reliable, go-to guy from the start, not to mention so much more refreshing.
Elaine, our damsel in distress, timidly sticks with the guy who needs a disaster of biblical proportions to sort out his personal issues (luckily for her, there is one just around the corner). Being a lifelong member of Ripley and Sarah Connor fan club, I found it hard to swallow. But that's just me.
Skyline movie would not be that half bad if it was half that length. Story fits better to an episode of Outer Limits, but there wasn't enough steam to fill the full-blown movie. It would be much better if Strause brothers did not save their big guns for the last 10 minutes and closing credits. They should have introduced interesting ideas much earlier and built the story on them.
Considering the dynamics of the movie, I think, it would fare better as a game and it would definitely be more fun.
It is a shame that they did not flesh out the aliens more as they introduced us to quite a range of flying, crawling, bipedal, big and small ones niftily designed intriguing organic and metallic hybrids.
All in all, Skyline is a movie with great visuals and ending, but the rather bland story exhausts itself in one viewing. Not exactly an SF movie explorer's dream movie.
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