SKYLINE Movie Review
As the credits began to roll at the end of SKYLINE, there was dead silence then the audience burst into excited cheering, shouting and applauding “It’s over, we are free at last from the horror!” All right, I am exaggerating a little tiny bit, but Skyline is up there with some of the worst movies of the year.
I wanted to like it, I really did. I love alien invasion movies. I actually love bad science fiction and have a collection of movies both vintage and modern that some people might consider questionable. Skyline will not be joining them, because it was not bad fun or bad cheesy it was bad, “oh please let it end now” awful.
Like all alien invasion movies Colin and Eric Strause’s Skyline has its core of plucky survivor’s. Their names get lost in the mix, because they really don’t matter in the long run, Eric Balfour plays Jarrod and Scottie Thompson his girlfriend Elaine who have come to Los Angeles to visit Jarrod’s friend Terry (Donald Faison). Doesn’t sound like much to know about them, does it, and I am sure there was more back story, but it really doesn’t matter.
Nothing matters once the aliens descend.
Oh and that nothing includes script, acting… you get the idea..
The sad thing is even the special effects aren’t that slick. That can usually save a film like Skyline, but for some reason known only to the writers they decide to send our plucky survivors to hide in Terry’s apartment for most of the film so they (and we) get to watch the Alien Destruction through Terry’s telescope. So what should be a special effect extravaganza is just, well, boring. Um… Yeah… Uh huh… Lame…
Skyline had such potential. It had everything that makes a great alien invasion movie great. It had aliens, it had invasions, it even had brain sucking. And while you might think that all should come together in a brilliant mix of the genre, leaving you breathless and hoping for a sequel, this movie actually leaves you hoping it’s going to end about halfway through and the theater is going to feel so bad about it they will give you your money back. I swear they found the script in a reject bin, rewrote it, had it rejected again, rewrote, rejected, turned it over to the reject staff who rejected it and then made a movie.
The saddest thing about Skyline is the previews are evil. They make it look exciting, they make it look like that slick alien invasion film that it should be. Plucky survivors fighting off bad aliens, eventually saving the earth and humans reigning triumphant while really awesome special effects come crashing out of the sky around them. If you have seen the previews, though, you have seen every good part. All the rest can be skipped, really, it can. And skip it. Don’t be drawn like a moth to the flame of Skyline only to have your brain sucked out by the horrible awfulness of this film.