Skyline a ‘flop’ to Sci-fi fan

Written By Veronica Kropf

“Skyline” starring Eric Balfour and Scottie Thompson, directed by Colin and Greg Strause unfortunately did not deliver to this Sci-Fi fan. The Strause Brothers are visual effects veterans, “The Day After Tomorrow” and “Terminator 3” whose only prior directorial credit is “Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem,” which is not incredibly promising. The visual effects were outstanding especially for a miniscule budget of only $10 million which makes this a great investment for Rogue and Universal. But cheaply made produces cheap results. The movie has only made approximately $11.7 million. In this sci-fi flop strange lights descend on the city of Los Angeles, luring people outside like moths to a flame where an extraterrestrial energy threatens to consume the entire human population for reasons that are unknown.Though the special effects were something to get excited about in the end it was the weak underdeveloped plot that shot down “Skyline’s” invasion. Early lines of dialogue, which attempt to create the characters background, was so superficial that the majority of the audience will figure out the film’s flight plan without much thought. From the beginning the audience knows who the hero was and who wasn’t going make it to the credits.The entire movie is a series of failed attempts to reach what the main cast of characters views as the safest place, which is a marina not far from the luxury apartment building that they are in. This is where 99% of the movie takes place.The biggest failure this movie produced is that by the end of the film we still knew practically nothing about the aliens. Apparently the audience was supposed to care more about the two main characters romance than the human race coming to a screeching halt. The why and how didn’t seem to matter to the Strause Brothers as long as their alien creations looked threatening and realistic. Maybe they should have divided up their budget a little differently and shelled out some money for a few better writers.”That was a waste of an hour and a half of my life” Michael Muschick from the north side had to say after seeing the film.        All and all by the end of the film I personally didn’t care one way or the other what characters survived if any. And based on the audiences’ yawns and laughter during scenes that weren’t intended to be laughed at I’m assuming they were even less enthused than I was.