REVIEW: ‘Skyline’

Colin Strause, Greg Strause
Eric Balfour
Scottie Thompson
Brittany Daniel
Donald Faison
Rated: PG-13

This film may win a record for ripping off alien movies.

Skyline follows the characters Jarrod (Balfour) and Elaine (Thomson), a couple that are on their way to Los Angeles to visit their friend  Terry (Faison) who is a successful actor in Hollywood. When they arrive they start partying right away, but during the night a bright light starts pulling people into the sky including one of the people from the party at Terry’s apartment.

After another hour or two, they see outside that there are actually massive space ships that are sucking up all the humans, and they send down smaller ships/aliens themselves to search for more to capture. So, the rest of the film the audience is left with these characters whose biggest dilemma is whether or not to leave the apartment.

For the movie to have been better, it would have been nice if the characters actually had left the apartment. Instead, the film just shows them in the apartment the entire time, not interacting with what’s going on outside. As this goes on, the movie gets more and more repetitive as they continue arguing about whether to leave or not.

Perhaps the filmmakers were trying to do something like “The Mist,” where the characters are all trapped and the real conflict comes from the people themselves. However, here, the drama just seems so petty and uninteresting.

All of the characters in the picture become nerve-wracking after a while, a major negative when the film is following their survival. This is a real contrast from an earlier film this year, “The Crazies,” where the characters were both likable and competent. There wasn’t much of that here, especially since the dialogue was poorly written.

At the very least, the special effects looked solid. There’s a specific scene featuring the U.S. Air Force combating the alien ships that was fairly exciting. This sequence was just one part, though, and don’t add to a huge amount of enjoyment.

“Skyline” offers nothing that other alien pictures haven’t already delivered. The scope is small and the drama inserted is forgettable. Even worse, the movie features an ending that is completely laughable. 1 out of 5.

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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