Skyline: Don’t Look Up (2010)

Posted: August 4, 2011 in Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

To celebrate his best friend’s birthday, Jarrod and his girlfriend have traveled out to Los Angeles. While Terry has plenty of surprises in store for this birthday bash, there is another surprise in store for the city. After a night of partying, the remaining guests are woken up by tremors and a strange blue light coming through the window. Suddenly one of the party guests goes missing. When Jarrod heads toward the light, he suddenly becomes paralyzed but gets saved at the last second. Looking out across the city, there are pillars of blue lights everywhere transporting people up to the alien crafts. The big question for these survivors is whether to hide or run.

Starring: Eric Balfour (Jarrod), Scottie Thompson (Elaine), Brittany Daniel (Candice), Crystal Reed (Denise), Neil Hopkins (Ray), David Zayas (Oliver), Donald Faison (Terry), Robin Gammell (Walt), Tanya Newbould (Jen), J. Paul Boehmer (Colin)

This alien film features more lesser known actors, except for Donald Faison. For Faison, he plays a very cocky socialite who seems to command a lot of attention. While he maintains his character well, there is very little depth to the film, which also limits any sort of range for him to portray. The main character is actually played by Eric Balfour, who shows the greatest presence between his dazed and confused and pensive moments. Scottie Thompson also does her best to enhance the dramatic elements of the film, particularly through her struggles with her pregnancy and her fear of the aliens.

Colin and Greg Strause developed this film to serve more as a survival story than an invasion film. Pundits had a strong dislike for the movie due to its linear focus and the poor dialogue. While there is plenty action and the suspense is clearly a strong focal point, the movie’s strongest element is its break from the traditional alien film. Humans in this film are less heroic and clearly outmatched by the beast-like creatures. There is no action humans can take to fight back against the aliens. The ending is very confusing though, particularly through the unexplained superpowers Jarrod acquires through his initial interaction with the blue light. While the movie maintains simplicity in its execution, it does fail to explain how he aliens found Earth, what the paralysis did to Jarrod, why other humans failed to have the same reaction and how he took control of an alien at the end.

Skyline is an interesting movie but definitely misses the mark on depth. Where Independence Day  had its human drama and District 9 took a more political view of the relations between humans and aliens, there is none of those or similar elements to be found in this movie.

Dan’s Rating: 2.0/5

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