The Skyline ending is getting noticed for the wrong reasons. Even if the Skyline ending got good notices, it might not have made up for all that came beforehand. The first 90 minutes of the movie are blasted by most critics for being unoriginal and derivative. Therefore, it might be unrealistic to expect the last five minutes to turn things around. But although most of the movie is slammed for being unoriginal, the Skyline ending is certainly not like the sci-fi classics the film emulates – although that isn’t a good thing.
Warning: Spoilers follow
The film is another take on the time-honored alien invasion story, with invading e.t’s, rag-tag survivors, and occasionally cheesy dialogue. Since the movie wasn’t screened for critics, and was opening against tough competition, it wasn’t expected to do that well.
With all the criticism over the Skyline ending, it may be a main reason why the film wasn’t screened in advance. Critics already had enough rotten things to say about the movie, but the finale cemented their rotten reviews. It is yet another case of a bad movie setting up a sequel that few may want, but it seems to go beyond that – with a fake out that makes little sense to many.
The directors, Colin and Greg Strause, bragged that the end was “very interesting” and “non studio-like” so they may have thought they were bucking tradition. That would make it ironic, since most every critic said this is an extremely traditional sci-fi movie. But their one effort to be original may have blown up in their faces, and made it more infamous.
Even with the complaints over the Skyline ending, the Strause brothers may still be able to follow up on it. They told Wired that they already have a 45 page treatment for the sequel all mapped up in advance. Since they did this movie independently, and on the relatively cheap, they should be able to make a sequel – although they’d then need to find a studio.
The original only made $5.5 million on Friday, and should make around $14 million this weekend for third place overall. But since it didn’t cost that much to make, these numbers could be considered a win for Universal and Rogue Studios. Therefore, it would help the Strauses get a sequel off the ground, if they still wanted.
Despite an 11 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and the Skyline ending already going down in infamy, that might not be enough to discourage the Strauses. At the least, they may make another one just to prove that this finale really does make sense after all.
Wired.com- “Hydras, Drones and Tankers: The Inside Scoop on Skyline’s Alien Shock Troops”
Deadline- “FIRST BOX OFFICE”
Rotten Tomatoes- “Skyline”