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Skyline: One of The Worst Films in Existence

  • Donald FaisonEric Balfour...
  • Science FictionThriller
  • Colin StrauseGreg Strause
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Omar Atef
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Skyline: One of The Worst Films in Existence

Just as the poster shows, Skyline’s
plot starts with strange blue lights descending on the city of Los Angeles, drawing people out in the open
areas where the extraterrestrial alien forces threaten to wipe the entire human
race off of planet Earth.

Similar to 2008’s Cloverfield,
the film focuses on a bunch of uninteresting young people who gather for a
birthday party held by best friends Jarrod (Balfour) and Terry (Faison). Elaine
(Thompson) and Candice (Murphy) play the two unnecessary love interests for the
lead characters; they seem to have been dragged into the story just to have
female characters on board. After they witness the alien attacks, they try to
make a run for their lives with the help of obnoxious building manager Oliver
(Zayas).

The plot isn’t the main factor that audiences seek in such films; but it’s
still an important element that can’t be ignored. In Skyline, it was completely ignored: the story lacks twists, thrills
and fresh ideas. It merely depicts the group’s desperate, cheap attempts at survival.
Such a plotline could be acceptable twenty years ago when the sci-fi genre was
still relatively fresh; it could have even been forgiven for its weak plot and
dull characters.  

The cast of Skyline is plain
terrible; every single last one of them; probably due to the fact that they are
mainly TV actors and the film had a limited budget of US$10 million. To make
matters worse; the script is beyond cheesy. Audiences were literally laughing
during the film’s most serious moments because of the poor dialogue.

However, Skyline’s special
effects and CGI are above average. In fact, it can honestly be stated that they
were actually good. Sadly, though; aliens are not shown onscreen enough. So it won’t
really satisfy viewers expecting cool alien
features and sci-fi action. In addition, the way the aliens attack plays
a part in the failure of feeling the excitement of good visual effects. After being
exposed to the aliens’ blue lights, people disappear suddenly by being
sucked-in in the aliens themselves. Not the best showcasing of effects
!

Audiences will probably have trouble relating to Skyline’s characters, which were mostly annoying. The story isn’t
really a story – it’s a poor showcase of hopeless efforts for survival. Unlike
regular Sci-fi films, audiences of this film were actually cheering for the
deadly and invading aliens instead of siding with the human race. The previews may
have looked promising; but the film was a total let-down.

Like This? Try

Cloverfield, Independence Day, War of the Worlds

360 Tip

The filming only cost US$500,000, while the digital effects cost an additional 10 million.

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