So…let me tell you a little story. A story about an avid movie watcher (me) and how his level of excitement steadily declined when it comes to the subject of the latest alien invasion movie entitled Skyline.
First there was a tease of a trailer featuring Dan Rather reporting, that ended with a jaw-dropping scene of people being sucked up into a spaceship, much like anything that happens to be on my floor as I vacuum with my Dyson. I couldn’t wait to post the trailer on “Trailer Time Thursday! 8.19.10” and my anticipation for this film grew, maybe even exponentially. I was super excited. Here’s the original trailer!
Then, over the next three months, other trailers popped up on the internet and tv. Still featuring Dan Rather, a few fast clips of aliens and spaceships, and a scene or two from around the world. By this time, a few suspicions were confirmed: It would mirror and copy quite a bit from ID4 and War of the Worlds. But, I still didn’t mind. It looked fun. I mean, PEOPLE ARE GETTING SUCKED UP INTO THE SKY!! Other trailers surfaced showing U.S. soldiers firing at aliens, one of them using a rocket launcher, and a rescue attempt with a helicopter that…..well, it fails!
I almost thought that the writers had been playing too much Halo and I half-expected to see MasterChief in the trailer! I should’ve realized that, as they were showing more to grab peoples’ attention, it was a last minute ditch effort to suck viewers into the film.
Then, FINALLY!! 11.12.10 arrives! I ran to my calendar and put a check mark next to the movie’s title that I had written down! “Can’t wait to check this one out! Woohoo, It’s going to be great! Right??!!”………………………………..wrong!
Here’s what’s NOT in this movie:
- Good, believable acting
- Dan Rather
- MasterChief from Halo
- Decent storyline
- Anything that makes sense!
- A refund coupon!
Imagine this moviegoer’s dismay as another alien-invasion film crashes. My hopes were dashed as I watched. The first half bored and you find yourself wanting to learn more about the aliens than caring about the characters at all. As expected, characters die in this survivor movie, and when they do, it doesn’t even matter. The second half has quite a bit of action, but many questions are left unanswered, characters go through no developmental changes, and the only thing you will care about is seeing the aliens! I will say, that this film went above and beyond what others have done by allowing us to see more of the aliens and their story…but then, come the end of it all, it goes too far and messes up any part of the film that was interesting. I think my stopwatch read “0:00:01” as I timed how long it took for me to exit the theater.
Dysons may suck, but so did this movie (different meaning, of course)! Skyline…a great, and perhaps expected, disappointment.
There is a little bit of a happy ending to this story. I liked some of the special effects and one of the trailers was amazing (you’ll see it on this week’s edition of “Trailer Time Thursday!”).
Thanks for reading!
Enjoy if you wish…or don’t enjoy! Happy watching!
–The Sp1der’s Score: Overall: 2 out of 10 stars “Skyline”
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