In the science fiction movie “Skyline,” we see aliens attacking the Earth. While many would say that this has been done before, many of them would be right. So what separates “Skyline” from the others? These aliens attack using light.
When a sci-fi movie does it right, it leaves the viewer in awe. “Star Wars” opened a generation to the science fiction epic. “The Matrix” opened this generation up the epic battle of good versus evil. When audiences left the theatres in 1999, they left theatres questioning reality, the universe, and some even questioned their beliefs.
None of that happens when you leave the theatres after watching “Skyline.”
It is the similar rehash of the same-ol’-thing. Aliens come to Earth and start killing people en masse. Earthlings start fighting back, but a small group of characters are caught in the crossfire. Then our small group starts dying off, one by one.
“Skyline” features a couple, Jarrod and Elaine (played by Eric Balfour and ridiculously hot Scottie Thompson) who have traveled from New York to Los Angeles to celebrate the birthday of Jarrod’s longtime friend Terry (played by “Scrubs” veteran Donald Faison). They meet up with Terry and his wife, Candice (played by also ridiculously hot Brittany Daniel), and begin celebrating. For Terry, that means pursuing an extramarital affair with his assistant Denise (played by, yet another hot femme, Crystal Reed…notice a trend yet?). Everyone ends up passing out, but not before Elaine breaks the news to Jacob that she is pregnant.
Then the lights appear. Looking at them does something strange to their skin and thin sucks the people out of wherever they are to the light source. And then one by one the cast of characters gets killed, eaten or smashed. Some kills are more creative than others.
The character of Jacob is the typical, whiny artist who does not want to get involved. Yes, he even cries…but only a little. Then there is Oliver, the gung-ho sort who is over the top in his practical stance in life, but is actually played quite well by David Zayas. He even knocks some sense into the crybaby artist. It was also nice to see the scene where the U.S. Air Force launched a nuke at the aliens, but that was mostly because there was no whiny, pity-me scene where some green-warrior cries about damaging the environment, a la “Independence Day.” In the end, the movie “Skyline” was ok, and when I left the theatre, I did have one question. Is the future of the human race in the hands of a bunch of crybabies who don’t want responsibility?