Movie Review: Skyline




How good would that be if that were the whole review huh?

First, what it is about: 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.
IMDB:  Jarrod and his pregnant girlfriend Elaine travel to Los Angeles to meet his old friend and successful entrepreneur Terry, and his wife Candice. Terry gives a party in his apartment for Jarrod and offers a job position to him in LA. Terry’s assistant and lover Denise (Crystal Reed) and his friend Ray (Neil Hopkins) sleep on the couch in the living room, but in the dawn of the next morning, the group is awakened by mysterious beams of blue light. Ray stares at the light and is taken by the mysterious force. The group of friends try to escape from the alien invaders.

Netflix:   After a wild night of partying with friends, Terry (Donald Faison) awakens to discover that he’s one of the few remaining people on Earth. Banding together with a small group of survivors (Eric Balfour, Scottie Thompson, David Zayas, Brittany Daniel and Crystal Reed), Terry sets out to solve the mystery of what happened to the human race. Greg and Colin Strause (whose work includes the visual effects for Avatar and 300) direct.

Here is the trailer, because the best part of the movie was the graphics.

Now what I thought about it… warning, there are spoilers.
I was excited to see the movie, the graphics looked good, sounded like a premise I’d like, and I usually enjoy Rogue films. The first thing I thought when I saw the blue things raining from the sky was “Oh, that’s how portals get places” (Sorry, last Ingress reference for this post). The movie has poor writing, several holes, and non-necessities that could have been replaced with drama or something that progressed the story further. I do think it was an apt portrayal of what people would do in that situation (alien invasion), if those people were fools. You’ll probably recognize Donald Faison (Clueless, Scrubs) and Eric Balfour (long list of B movies, and small parts on scifi and action tv shows); so the acting is what you’d expect, not the best. Basically the aliens are after our brains, and they have this blue light that lets them control you (the Resistance is right, the Shapers are evil! Okay, that was the last Ingress reference for this post). I was actually really enjoying the ending, the idea that no matter what they couldn’t be stopped, individuals, the military, hordes of people; willing to fight, and can inflict some damage, but ultimately powerless against these invaders. But then it got to the real ending, and was super lame. An alien eat’s Jarrod’s brain, and now his brain is in charge of the alien? They should have ended the movie with them being pulled up into the ship.

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