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Score: 6.3/10  [2 reviews]
2 out of 5
ProdID: 2867 - Skyline
Directed by Colin and Greg Strause

Skyline
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$39.99
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April 2011

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Jarrod and Elaine's trip to L.A. was supposed to be a fun weekend away to visit Jarrod's best friend, Terry. But when they are awakened by mysterious blue lights raining down over the city skyline, their weekend away quickly turns into a nightmare.

As day breaks, the full extent of the catastrophe becomes clear. Tankers, drones and hydra-like machines are invading the city. The human race faces annihilation as thousands of terrified people are sucked up into the alien ships.

Inescapable and seemingly indestructible, it will take every survival instinct they have to elude capture.

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Review by: nzgeekgirl (Genevieve)
Dated: 6th of May, 2011

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This Review: 4.8/10
Pay to see it again:
Score 1 out of 10
Attention Span:
Score 4 out of 10
Believeability:
Score 4 out of 10
Special Effects:
Score 10 out of 10

I am sorry to say that the best thing in this formula driven, predictable movie, was without a doubt the special effects.

It feels like this movie had a lot of potential but instead of using that potential, it appeared to borrow from other movies. It reminded me of a cross between Independence Day and some sort of zombie film but without the feelings evoked by Bill Pullman's uplifting speech.

I did like seeing Donald Faison (Scrubs) in a more serious role. I also did enjoy Eric Balflour, he is one of those actors who seems to have a lot of potential that doesn't seem to channel into the right roles. For me he made this movie more bearable.

If you want something to watch that requires no brain power then great, otherwise I'd probably just give it a miss.

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Review by: tucker (Karl)
Dated: 20th of April, 2011

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This Review: 7.8/10
Pay to see it again:
Score 6 out of 10
Attention Span:
Score 8 out of 10
Believeability:
Score 7 out of 10
Special Effects:
Score 10 out of 10

Now, some reviews out there can be summed up as "Why did they bother?!" and personally, I think that's a bit harsh... and more than a little naive. "Why" is easy - because there is a market for this kind of special-effects bonanza and plenty of suckers willing to part with their money to sit in crowded theatres and shovel down popcorn waiting for the 'good bits'. They'll be eating a lot of popcorn and sitting in the dark then, because the 'good bits' were left on the cutting room floor I think.

The plot is weak, seems to wander aimlessly around, and end abruptly with a somewhat muted fizzle, highlighted by a groan from the viewer(s). For me the movie smacked of "Independence Day" mixed with a dose of "Body Snatchers"... I can't explain more without giving away the entire plot, it was that thin. But some interesting questions were raised... Aliens are stealing humans and using them... so how did they evolve to need humans, without ever needing humans before? If you are a sci-fi buff and have ever seen Babylon 5, you'll have some idea if you think about the Shadow Ships and their use of humans... but that still leaves a lot of questions.

The Brothers Strause are masters of visual effects, so why they took a leading role in this is a little beyond me, as the movie took any potential it had and basically drowned it under CGI corn soup. The aliens were confusing - yes, that only enhances the 'utterly alien' but the questions raised by their 'design' only serve to detract from whatever plot could have been there.

Overall, I am kinda glad this movie was one I missed at the cinemas. I always consider it bad form to walk out asking for a refund. The acting was actually pretty good, considering, and the character dynamics were fairly realistic, but as for the rest... slice it off, chop it into chunks and can it... it's corned spam.

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