Ben's Review of Skyline

  • 20 months ago via Flixster

    Skyline (2010)

    "Skyline" is so outrageously absurd because the whole structure of the film's story and execution is aggressively frustrating. The audience is forced to sit back and witness an hour and a half of non-existent characterization and flawed special effects, only to realize that everything that could be potentially interesting to see takes place outside the boundaries that have been created by the movie's writers. The result is an intense feeling of claustrophobic nausea that remains prevalent throughout the duration of the picture, and will only end once it comes to a close. The horrible performances and atrocious cinematography further bury the film into a hole of predictability. The Strause family has successfully created a total and complete mess.

    Aliens start to take over and they have this special power that locks people in their visual grip until all of their energy is taken away. A bunch of people that the audience has no interest in must stick together and try to survive the onslaught of the extra terrestrials. This idea would have been fine if literally everything was executed differently. Unfortunately it wasn't, and the result is complete chaos from start to finish. Joshua Cordes and Liam O'Donnell have created a terrible script that has no qualities in it whatsoever. Most of the film takes place inside buildings, where the audience is forced to watch horrible characters decide how they are going to go about surviving. All the audience can do is think about all of the things that are outside; hoping that at some moment the screenwriters will actually allow you to have a good time. It's truly baffling to think that a script as bad as this would get the go ahead from a major distribution company, but it did. The movie feels as if it is teasing the viewer, making them aware that their is cool stuff happening in the world around them, but the viewer is not allow to see it. Instead, the film presents the viewer with terrible dialogue from terrible actors, who contain no chemistry with one another. It's a truly horrible concept.

    Maybe the writers had no interest in showing their audience anything interesting because they had foreseen the immensely horrible special effects that would follow their terrible writing. "Skyline" looks like a video game cut scene from 2001. The visuals are so insanely horrible that I had a hard time believing that this movie was taking itself seriously. Everything looked like a B movie, and that's not a good thing. The movie almost feels like an unpolished blueprint of a movie that could have possibly been created ten years down the road. The visuals feel as if they are a pre-production shoot for camera testing. To have special effects in this day and age that are this terrible is truly disconcerting.

    As stated earlier, the acting is absolutely horrible. The motley of unknown actors give terrible performances, thanks in part to the utterly flawed script that was mentioned before. Eric Balfour and others seem to be almost completely disconnected to what ever substance this movie may have had at some point during its production. The terrible actors recite terrible dialogue in terribly structured sets, filmed with terrible cinematography, surrounded by terrible special effects.

    "Skyline" swings and misses in literally every department of film. The atrocious direction, terrible acting, insanely dimwitted script, and terribly offensive special effects don't help the movie clime out of the damnation that it creates for itself in its first five minutes. Rogue Pictures and Universal Studios, for some reason, decided to present its audience with a movie that progresses in literally no way at all. Its a movie that goes nowhere, and literally stays nowhere. The movie itself almost feels like its in the perspective of the extras, and the main characters are somewhere else off screen, where the real plot is taking place. When the film comes to a close, you'll find yourself wondering how something like this could have been released.

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