Critic Consensus: A middling sci-fi entry, Skyline offers proof that solid special effects alone cannot overcome a flat storyline filled with uninspired dialogue.
|Rating:||PG-13 (for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, some language, and brief sexual content)|
|Genre:||Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy|
|Directed By:||Greg Strause, Colin Strause|
|Written By:||Joshua Cordes, Liam O'Donnell|
|In Theaters:||Nov 12, 2010 Wide|
|On DVD:||Mar 22, 2011|
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Critic Reviews for Skyline
Visual-effects wizards Greg and Colin Strause directed, showing more affinity for the city's steel and glass than for any of the characters.
Directors Colin and Greg Strause eschew things like a credible script and decent acting to focus on CGI enactments of hapless apartment dwellers being rammed into slimy alien orifices.
A big screen B-movie with a convoluted plot and limited scope - inundating viewers with melodrama instead of the alien invasion apocalypse occurring outside.
The filmmakers thought that all it would take to make a movie is some special effects, but this film only goes to show what most people already know: a film shouldn't be designed around something meant to be an afterthought.
Skyline packs some impressive money shots, however with its tracing-paper-thin script there's not enough propping up these whizz-bang set pieces.
Audience Reviews for Skyline
Really hard to decide what to think. It seemed like this owuld have been better on SyFy as saturday movie. Than it would have been worth more a lot more. But as a full on movie yeah just cant cut it.
Now I liked this film despite numerous numerous bad reports from virtually everyone, yes it has clunky acting and yes the plot has lots of holes but its actually a good fun sci-fi romp. As said the plot has its problems agreed, aliens come down (for no real purpose it seems) to nick every humans brain (it seems) and that's it. There isn't really any other explanation. The aliens themselves are a hybrid of many other movie creatures eg. 'The Matrix', 'ID4', 'Cloverfield', 'The Mist', 'Monsters' etc...although I admit it isn't easy to create a unique original alien anymore, these aren't too bad but maybe the brothers should of stayed away from the usual tentacle option again. So despite the aliens not being too original looking they are effective and do create tension throughout...although how they pilot their space cruisers and star fighters is beyond me.
The effects are a mixed bunch much like the acting, on both counts there are times when they are both pretty decent and do the job well, other times both fare rather badly and show this up for the cheap B-movie stuff it really is. That's not a problem to be honest as if you accept this as purely B-movie guff and you will enjoy it a whole lot more. Again though I must oppose the mass contempt for this film and praise the brothers for some neat CGI from the comforts of their bedroom. It is effective if maybe a little bit close to a videogame sequence, but that's not really a huge shock is it.
Acting is very average yes but its not as bad as people make out, the cast are unknowns which works well for the film and makes it more realistic (unknowns are always a winner) or that little bit more believeable. Personally I thought all cast members were quite OK, apart from the odd moment of dialog with some hammy lines (David Zayas), nothing really detracted from my enjoyment of this 'War of the Worlds' clone. There is a nice sense of being trapped, isolated and alone, forced to hideout within this building which many have moaned is cheap or weak story telling. But in my opinion it works and the cast do a sturdy job in bringing that across.
A slightly more serious take on 'Independence Day' with added 'War of the Worlds' plus bits of various other films. Its completely unoriginal even with one sequence involving US jet fighters going up against the alien mothership (total rip of a film mentioned). But an intriguing little ending which could lead to interesting things in the future did grab my attention. Its rather silly and hokey but lets remember this is a sci-fi B-movie affair right, question is why is it called 'Skyline'?
Even though the effects this alien invasion has to offer are top notch, every minute feels like a student film. The minimum of dialog or character development show that someone wanted to create cool action scenes and alien attacks but knew little about how to tie them into a story. So while the look of the film is major league, it never manages to grip you or make you care much about anything that's going on. At least the ending is somewhat surprising and fresh, but may infuriate viewers for all kinds of other reasons. Wasted opportunities all around.
|Jarrod:||They're not beat... they're just really, REALLY pissed off!|
|Terry:||[on the phone] Yeah well you shoulda thought about that when you shot the piece of shit. [hangs up]|
|Walt:||Everyone is saying that this film was rubbish and it didn't have an ending but think it was awesome!|
|Terry:||Their in the f***ing building|
|Jarrod:||(the blids open) Terry?|
|Terry:||It's the timer. Hide.|
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