Movie Review: Skyline (2010)


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Published on November 13, 2010 by

As a frequent movie-watcher, you are trained to endure a certain level of bad — I mean, it’s just the nature of cinema; most movies aren’t Oscar nominees, hell, most movies don’t even come close to winning any sort of awards. Nonetheless, we watch them. As for the reason, it really doesn’t really matter as it can range from sheer boredom to wanting to get laid that night. What should be made clear to any potential film director, however, is that there is a certain line that should not be crossed because, beyond this theoretic line, there is nothing but harsh reviews and unsatisfied audience members. Unfortunately for Colin and Greg Strause, their latest, Skyline, doesn’t just border on horrible — it’s an abomination.

The film, which was penned by Joshua Cordes (known for being the animation supervisor for Avatar, The Incredible Hulk, Wanted, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Liam O’Donnell (who, well . . . . doesn’t have any credentials except for the fact that he doubled for a homeless guy once in Alien vs. Predator: Requiem), stars Eric Balfour, Scottie Thompson, Brittany Daniel, Crystal Reed, Neil Hopkins, David Zayas, and Donald Faison. As you’ve probably notice, this is a cast of no-names, which pretty much sums up the film’s production value too. However, setting aside the film’s cast and their wooden performances, Skyline also suffers from an incoherent story (which lacks an ending), incredibly forced dialogue, and incredibly bad special effects. As if that wasn’t enough, on top of that, it’s also overlong.

Skyline starts with the cliché aerial view of Los Angeles, before erupting into complete and utter chaos — in fact, consider this one shot, a calm before the storm. From there, we see beams of light descending onto the city. It turns out, these are actually alien spacecraft, which emit a bright light that lures humans in, mutates them, and then warps them onto the mother ship. We are introduced to Jarrod (Balfour) and Elaine (Thompson), who after a long-night of drinking, wake up and are alerted to this impending disaster.

Cue the flashback and we see that the young couple on an airplane, arriving in Los Angeles to see Jarrod’s friend, Terry (Faison), who I believe is supposed to be a successful rapper, but I’m not sure because not only is the script vague, but it’s also not very memorable. Oh well, seeing as I’ve forgotten most of the key-plot points already (just about two hours after seeing the film . . . and taking notes mind you), let me just say that Terry, whether he be a rapper or not, has a hot wife named Candice (Daniel), who he cheats on with his equally attractive assistant, Denise (Reed), and that the five of them must fight for their survival in Terry’s swanky apartment complex. But just as a little side note: These aliens eat brains.

Now for some reason they decide that it’s safe on the waterfront, but perhaps they just saw Signs and figured that all aliens are deadly afraid of water. Once again, this is never really explained. However, it does lead to one of the funniest scenes that I have ever seen; you see, Terry takes his sports car, drives outside, and gets stomped on by an alien (this is in the trailer), but after being squashed he jumps out of the car, without injury.

But words cannot describe how much I hated Skyline. The last time that I have felt so cheated was during The Last Airbender. As I’ve already mentioned before, the acting is dirt cheap, comparable to something you’d find in pornography, the special effects are absolute trash, relying on the classic alien stereotypes, and the editing is just . . . ugh, I have no words to describe it — it’s that bad.

Usually I’d call a film like this a “piece of shit,” however, in the case of Skyline, that’d be insulting to the crap that I took right before seeing it, which, coincidentally, was much more entertaining to sit through.

Critical Movie Critics Rating: 1 Star Rating: Stay Away



10 Comments


  1. - The Critical Movie Critics
     
    Danny

    Give me my money back! The computer effects were okay but lack of a plot, terrible acting and total absence of cohesion left me really really unhappy.




  2. - The Critical Movie Critics
     
    Pampers

    Agreed, special effects were ok but the rest of the film was junk. Just put Skyline down as an intersting opportunity lost.




  3. - The Critical Movie Critics
     
    kcmd

    Two out of five stars, but only because of the special effects and initial suspense were decent. A few problems with this movie: most of the movie occurs around someone’s apartment; the first three-quarters of the movie seem to be leading up to something but then completely bombs in the fourth quarter; and, the ending happens way too abruptly (without any explanation) and then the very last sixty seconds drops this into the B-movie category. Don’t even wait for the DVD to arrive in the mail; possibly worth watching when made available for streaming, since you could then abort the viewing and then not feel that you wasted a DVD mailing slot.




  4. - The Critical Movie Critics
     
    Ed

    Based on the trailers, seems good, I dragged my Wife and daughter to watch with me, they fell asleep half way the showing and wake up near the ending and ask me “Is that It?” This movie plot and story embarrassed me. The graphics is nice and so realistic but man, story sucks. Maybe The Billy Meier Story is a lot better, i do not know whether its true or not but i read it for so many hours. Sorry, if there is lower than D ill give it F!




  5. - The Critical Movie Critics
     
    gagan pasricha

    well i am a big fan of aliens vs humans movie,& that was the only reason i went to see ths movie in my exams. But alas……wished i havent seen this. thought it to be a movie like independence day sort of n hoped to see an intresting fight b/w humans n aliens. effects are good but the ending is poor. when one hopes to see somthing intresting…the movie ends!! well hope its second part will be much better n have some sense.




  6. - The Critical Movie Critics
     
    Hawk

    Its so frustrating . Movie after Movie on the same old depressive alien invasion scenario and NOT ONE SIMPLE SOLUTION that could dissolve away all of our Nightmarish FEARS! it is ACID!! Car Battery Acid in Syringes. Known dis-solver of Alkaloid based Creatures that only exist in our Imagination. We have Gallons of it right under our noses in all the Cars we drive and in all of these ridiculously lame movies that paint us humans as week and defenseless. Come on!! We Make Sport of War!




  7. - The Critical Movie Critics
     
    Garcia, Portugal

    Do not think so, I think the film is having an exaggerated criticism, particularly among people who dont like sci-fi and enjoy more the emotions and human interrelationships. The film is successful, transmits adrenaline, especially in parts where there is fighting back the invaders. The cast is a little cheap, but now we eat a lot worse movies and less criticism.

    Is satisfactory, the path of good.




  8. - The Critical Movie Critics
     
    Mariusz Zubrowski

    @Garcia, what are you smoking?




  9. - The Critical Movie Critics
     
    Laszlo

    Wtf is wrong with all the movie critiques bashing Skyline? It is the best alien invasion movie of all, far better than Independence Day, War of the worlds, Encounter of the 3rd Kind, Signs or any other high budget Hollywood crap. If this planet would ever be invaded by aggressive aliens it is likely that they would harvest us or exterminate us like we would exterminate bugs. That is exactly what happens in the movie. It is highly unlikely that the aliens that have the capability to travel thousands of light years and are doing it to invade our planet are not taking chances and know exactly what are they doing and they are doing it flawlessly so they don’t walk around Mel Gipson’s living room to get splashed with water (Signs), expose themselves to bacteria (War of the Worlds) and make retarded crop circles. The special effects are amazing and I am surprised they fit in the 10 million dollar budget. I enjoyed this movie when it came out in 2010. I am a sci-fi lover but there are very few sci-fi movies I like because logic is important for me. Skyline is one of my favorite Sci-Fi-s. I was looking to see if there is a sequel coming out when I start reading reviews and for my surprise I couldn’t find a positive one. Just because Angelina Jolie doesn’t throw a boob out there and it doesn’t have a happy ending (it does has a twisted ending though) Skyline doesn’t deserves the crappy reviews.




  10. - The Critical Movie Critics
     
    Zxyz

    Why are people trying to defend this movie by saying aliens wouldnt make mistakes? WE MAKE MISTAKES ALL THE TIME IN SPACE TRAVEL! Geez no matter how much planning there is there are going to be mistakes. This movie would have been better used if the tickets to it were shredded and made into toilet paper. AND IM SICK OF BAD ENDING MOVIES, THEIR NOT ORIGINAL ANTYMORE! THEIR PLAYED OUT CRAP!





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