Were you planning on seeing Skyline this weekend? Well chances are you already have in one form or another. The films other worldly antagonists, and their fleet, borrow so liberally from the Hollywood summer blockbuster cannon that I felt as if I were channel surfing an all network sci-fi/action marathon. Unfortunately the humans littering The Brothers Strause sophomore slump remain largely confined to an apartment. This was no doubt a devise to save the lion’s share of the budget for the computer generated action going on outside.
Many films, such as the original Night of the Living Dead and John Carpenter’s outstanding version of The Thing, made excellent use of the natural tensions brought on by their close quarters settings. Not surprisingly elements of both have been peppered into the Skyline stew. They even use telescope eye view to inject a little of the cinema verite style shaky cam shots that are so in right now. Throw in awkward mash ups of classic catch phrases and you have the bulk of the stilted dialog covered.
Look, I know these types of movies aren’t known for being too deep, and they often tread familiar waters, but at one point Skyline actually looked more like a next gen update of the Destroy All Humans games rather than a feature film. Avoid being probed.