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'?
It's not a masterpiece, and not original, but I found it entertaining. I don't know why people are complaining about a lack of plot, it's basically a slasher movie - lots of dislikable people get knocked of in entertaining ways.
The ending is crazy weird, not one a person with a closed mind would appreciate.
I had this pre-conceived idea that there was no way Skyline could be as bad as I'd heard. I was wrong. Skyline has got to be one of the top 5 worst movies of 2010. It was excruciating to sit through. I almost turned it off about 3 or 4 times, but I did want to see the notorious ending, which is as bad as you've heard.
The cast is complete garbage. I guess that's what you would expect when they throw together a bunch of tv actors and hot girls that have absolutely no acting talent. Scottie Thompson is so bad, it's almost unbelievable. She has no acting talent whatsoever and hopefully she won't get another role.
The only thing that upscales the travesty that is Scottie Thompson is the dialogue; if you can call it that. Every word that comes out of somebodies mouth is complete shit. I guess you could argue that the effects are cool. But who really gives a shit. They don't make up for everything else that is so dull. The Strause Brothers should stick to special effects because as directors they are extremely bad. Skyline is as close to unwatchable as any movie I've ever seen. It is in the company of movies like The Happening; it's that bad.
Just complete utter garbage without so much as an engaging scene to draw you in.
The only redeeming factor are the concept artists behind the alien designs but that hardly makes up for this mess.
Nate's Grade: D