Skyline movie review articles were unavailable until today. With no Skyline movie review scores released in advance, it served as a clue about the film. It is already facing an uphill battle this weekend, with two more high-profile new releases coming out. While the romantic comedy crowd is looking for Morning Glory,the action demographic stands to flock toward Unstoppable. The other option for action fans is this alien invasion thriller, but the early Skyline reviews don’t offer much promise.
This time, the aliens are luring humanity to its doom by sucking them up into their light. But although much of the human population is being abducted or attacked, there is at least one rag-tag group of survivors still left to fight back.
The Skyline ratings did not start coming out until yesterday, once critics finally got to see it. Since it wasn’t screened in advance, it usually means that the studio wants to suppress bad word-of-mouth. In this case, the buzz isn’t extremely bad, but just mixed from bad to mediocre.
Thus far on Rotten Tomatoes, the film is at 29 percent positive. Out of the first 14 reviews, only four are positive, with an average rating of 4.1. While a few critics like the thrills and creatures, others believe it is just the same old, same old.
This film is described as a brainless, 90-minute, non-stop thriller – just as many describe Unstoppable. However, Unstoppable is getting very high scores in spite of it, and because of it. Yet the Skyline scores aren’t as generous, as their 90-minute thrill ride doesn’t have the likes of Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, and Tony Scott to elevate it.
Since this isn’t a big-budget alien movie, some of the more snarkier critics compare the effects to the average Sy-Fy Channel film. Yet directors Colin and Greg Strause have done FX work on the likes of 2012 and Avatar – but Roland Emmerich and James Cameron may have set the bar too high for spectacle.
As the mixed Skyline comments come in, Universal and Rogue Studios hope that they aren’t too much of an additional obstacle to overcome. Since Unstoppable has better than expected word-of-mouth, Morning Glory has a two-day head start, and last weekend’s hits look to stay strong, box office success may be difficult.
Rotten Tomatoes- “Skyline”
Entertainment Weekly- “Box office preview: Can Megamind slow down Unstoppable?”