Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Skyline [2010]

Director: Brothers Strause
Cast: Eric Balfour, Donald Faison, David Zayas, Scottie Thompson, Brittany Daniel
Genre: Science Fiction/Disaster/Thriller
Rating: Teen (horrific images)
Comment: "At this era, any sci-fi movie is a risk to make. Brothers Strause took that risk with Skyline, but failed miserably. An epic fail, if I may say so..."

The tagline says "Don't look up", but what it should really say is "Don't get your hopes up" or if you really want to be frank, "Look away". Trust me, there is no exaggeration here. Skyline attempts to be several things while keeping the sci-fi element intact, but it was just no good.

The story begins with a flashback that serves no purpose whatsoever, but anyway our protagonists found themselves in Los Angeles attending a birthday party in a high-rise condominium. But when the celebration was long over, somebody, or rather something, came to crash the party... and they are not from this world.

If that sounds promising, I'm telling you now to just forget the whole damn thing. This is exactly one of those movies where what you see is what you get, and there isn't much of that either. You can almost tell that the movie rests much too heavily on its special effects. No complaints there because they are actually kind of decent. Nothing too impressive, but an eye candy regardless.

Unfortunately it would be much too easy to overlook that particular aspect due to its other blaring flaws; Derivative plot, lousy direction and poor development of characters.

I have lost count on exactly how many disaster/thriller movies that had been released between Independence Day [1996] to this one. I know one thing, however, plenty of the rest at least attempted to bring something new to the table. Skyline didn't. In fact, thanks to its poor direction, you really couldn't understand what they're trying to sell. Seriously, what kind of story that they wanted to tell?

It's almost like somebody drew a CGI alien spaceship with blinding blue lights and fell in love with it. So much that they decided to write a story around it that involves subjects from the value of human life, to friendship, to love. The result? A disastrous disaster movie.

"Runnnn!!!!"

Of course, what comes with a disaster movie? A group of characters who can't seem to get it together, and not to mention most of them are only good at getting killed. Seriously, where do these people come from? But the one that really takes the cake this time around is the building concierge. Who could have known that a butler can suddenly become a beacon of hope for human survival.

But on a more serious note, it's true. Human characters were given most screen time, but they are so poorly developed you wouldn't be able to take them seriously. Heck, you might even root for the aliens to annihilate them all and spare us the trouble of ever having to see them again.

Points Calculation

The Good [+100]
- Special effects

The Bad [-80]
- Derivative plot
- Poor direction
- Characters are just not believable

100 - 80 = 20 points

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