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SKYLINE (2010 Film)

A 2010 alien invasion film directed by Greg Strause.

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The potential was there, but the execution was abysmal

  • Jan 3, 2011
Rating:
-3

Being one of those conspiracy guys who likes to look up at the night sky and wonder when the hell we're going to have an alien invasion, or at least be paid a visit, (we've been around for quite a while now, where's the planet warming present?) so this type of film would usually be right up my street. Naturally, the concept of a film crossing Independence Day with Cloverfield would be a good one, as we frequently get alien invasion films set on a larger scale, so the impact on the everyday person becomes lost in the more epic global story. The Strauss Brothers had the perfect opportunity to finally tell such a story and make it memorable to the point where people would be talking about it for years, along the same lines as the former films mentioned. They failed to properly capitalise on what, on paper was a decent premise, and delivered a boring, shallow and pointless piece of garbage.

The main characters of this story are Elaine (Scottie Thompson, if you're familiar with her then good for you) and Jarrod (man with pointy face and the charisma of a jellied eel), two people with the emotional depth of an iPod nano, who have recently arrived in LA to celebrate their friend, Terry's (the black one from Scrubs) birthday party. While there aliens with a penchant for blue lighting, decide us Earthlings are causing too much mess and start hoovering us up. Being scared, our heroes decide they're going to attempt to get to the harbour, because aliens don't like water, and they must just hate LA and decide not to invade anywhere else. That doesn't go very well so they decide to stay indoors, which doesn't go very well either as it turns out the aliens are almost invincible and have a liking of brains.

The acting, if you can call it that, is absolutely horrendous. The concept of the blue light turning people into zombies is a nice idea and I can't fault the special effects, but the overall execution of the film is just painful. The majority of the film is spent indoors as these people attempt to wait out the invasion hoping for the best, it possibly wouldn't be that bad if the actors were better, or the dialogue was intense or at least interesting. The whole thing was just drab and pointless, a genuine waste of time and, if you've spent any on viewing this, money. One thing I will give credit to this movie for, is the way they used the budget. The SFX were astonishing for a meagre $10 million, especially when you compare this to the bigger budget flicks that seem unable to be completed unless the budget passes $100 million.

This film was just dire, and the fact that the Strauss Brothers seem to think a sequel is a good idea just makes this all the more horrifying. Should a sequel ever see the light of day, I'd like to think they would learn from their mistakes and deliver something a lot better than this pointless piece of cinema.

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January 03, 2011
I was so disappointed with this one. Welcome back, Steveo!! Happy New Year!!
 
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  • Opens November 12, 2010
  • PG-13
    For sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, some language and brief sexual content
  • Strange lights over Los Angeles herald the arrival of a malevolent alien force that threatens to swallow up all of humanity.
  • Cast: Donald Faison, Eric Balfour, David Zayas, Scottie Thompson, Brittany Daniel
  • Director: Greg Strause
  • Genres: Alien FilmScience Fiction
  • A series of blindingly bright lights appear all over Los Angeles, mesmerizing the citizens of the city while luring them to an uncertain fate in this sci-fi thriller from sibling filmmakers Greg and Colin Strause. As speculation regarding the origin of the mysterious lights runs rampant, a Los Angeles entrepreneur (Donald Faison), his best friend, Jarrod (Eric Balfour), and Jarrod's frightened girlfriend (Scottie Thompson) struggle to resist temptation as they seek out the source of the luminous threat. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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    Director: Greg Strause
    Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi
    Release Date: November 12, 2010
    MPAA Rating: PG-13
    Runtime: 92 minutes
    Studio: Universal Studios
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