Strange lights descend on the city of Los Angeles, drawing people outside like moths to a flame where an extraterrestrial force threatens to swallow the entire human population off the face of the Earth in the 2010 sci-fi action flick “Skyline”. Staring Eric Balfour, Scottie Thompson, Brittany Daniel, David Zayas, Crystal Reed, and Donald Faison.
I love alien movies, and when I first saw the preview trailer for “Skyline” I was beyond excited and pumped for an over the top action packed sci-fi experience. “Skyline” has its moments and there are a few things that I really enjoyed about the film but ultimately the poorly written script spirals out of control and ruins whatever pleasant moments it manages to create in the opening twenty to thirty minutes.
Special effects wise, “Skyline” is what I was hoping for when it came to “Cloverfield” the return of giant movie monsters destroying and causing endless havoc upon an unexpecting cityscape. The aliens in “Skyline” look pretty awe-inspiring, especially the giant Godzilla sized creatures; the scouts as I like to call them were also very visually pleasing and ended up being a big part of why I loved the first 20-45 minutes of “Skyline”. There were also a few moments that instantly caused me to call shenanigans, such as a scene near the end where two humans successfully dodge stealth bomber gun fire and then the ship itself as it crashes towards them, the ship looked way to small compared to the humans on the screen and it was enough to make me chuckle out loud, with such a large FX budget you would think something this silly would of been pointed out before the final cut.
** WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW **
Normally I don’t do spoiler reviews, but in the case “Skyline” I really need to vent and honestly the film is a mindless action flick anyway so you won’t be missing much if you read this as far as spoilers go. As I said before I really enjoyed the first part of the film, but then at some point it starts to feel like they had no clue where they wanted to go with it which quickly turned into also having no clue how to bring it to an end, which lead to one of the worse endings I have ever seen in a film.
The aliens in “Skyline” appear to be collecting the brains of humans to use as sort of batteries to fuel their own lifeline. This actually leads to some pretty wicked scenes of brains being extracted from victims but what makes no sense to me is why they glow blue like the aliens lights. My biggest problem with “Skyline” is nothing and I do mean nothing is explained, we have no clue why the aliens choose earth, where they are from, what they are, how many humans were taken, the span of the epidemic, nothing just a nonstop action sci-fi flick filled with explosions and uninspired dialog.
The only time they really mention that it’s a worldwide event is when one of the main characters turn on the TV in hopes of getting news on what’s going on and every news station is just a camera pointed on a empty studio, and it’s done in such a quick and vague way that you forget it almost instantly. The entire movie takes place for the most part in one building with only a few tries at leaving which means dialog becomes important factor in keep the viewer entertained, which “Skyline” has very little a huge mistake in my opinion on the part of the writer but then again as poorly written as the story arch is maybe it’s a plus that its very low on dialog.
Back to the blue brains, I mentioned this before so I could complain about the ending, which I’m going I’m going to completely spoil so if you plan on seeing this and do not want to know the ending skip to the end or stop reading at this point.
Earlier in the film you learn that the main female lead is pregnant, the end of the movie her and her boyfriend are both finally sucked up into the blue light after surviving insane odds and giving it 110% and if the movie would of ended there I would of got a much higher score, during this scene I kept thinking to myself “Wow what a bleak and dark ending” which would of been perfect for this type of film. But unfortunately it doesn’t end there are we are shown the inside of the alien ship littered with humans that have been sucked into their beam.
The aliens are harvesting the brains of the humans and placing them into each other to reenergize them at least this is what I assume they are being used for as it is never explained in any way, the main female notices her boyfriend in the littered floor of humans as he is torn from the floor and his brain is harvested like the ones before him but his brain unlike every other one is not glowing blue but a glowing more natural pink color. During this the female is lifted up and her body is scanned revealing that she in fact has a life form inside her stomach so instead of simply harvesting her brain like the rest she is taken to another room. The boyfriends brain is put into one of the aliens and its clear its effecting the alien being different than it should be and it starts to pound its fist on the ground as if it’s in pain but it’s in fact the boyfriends brain taking over the aliens body for some unknown reason.
Now armed with an alien body the boyfriend crashes through the ship until he finds his girlfriend and lays to waste all the aliens around her and then runs over her body as she tries to back up in pure fright not knowing that is him until he touches her face in a certain way that he always did when he wanted her to know things would be ok and she says his name and the movie ends. The worse tacked on how we can work in a romantic ending I have ever seen in a film.
I know romance sells and all but does it have to be in every single movie? Don’t you ladies find it an insult to your intelligence that studios believe you are unable to enjoy any sort of movie experience unless it has a romantic subplot to draw you in? I know I would be, and it destroyed what could have been a pretty good movie turning it into another forgettable flick that no one will be talking about a year from now.
If they would of taken more time to tell more about the situation and given the characters more personality and reasons to care about them other than their love and unborn child “Skyline” could of been a much welcomed sci-fi blockbuster but instead falls short due to horrible writing and a story that goes nowhere and leaves you feeling like you just paid for nothing on behalf of The Liberal Dead I give “Skyline” 4 out of 10.