Basically a nifty VFX reel in search of a plot, Skyline follows a group of hard-bodied thirtysomethings (including Eric Balfour and Donald Faison, both of whom deserve better) trying to survive an alien invasion in L.A. They scream and bicker vacantly, but nobody’s buying a ticket to this movie to stare at a bunch of humans. The real stars are the descending swarm of tentacled brain-eaters that look like they were spawned at a cyborg seafood farm alongside the Cloverfield monster and District 9’s prawns. Independently produced and helmed by the FX-wizard brothers Colin and Greg Strause, Skyline confirms what D9 first proposed: Sci-fi spectacles are no longer the sole domain of the megabudget director. With just a modicum of money (reportedly around $10 million), the Strauses used their tech savvy to make a marvel of logistics that looks every bit as slick as a studio tentpole. It’s just a shame they haven’t figured out a way to CG a decent story. Yet. C+
A FLYING SAUCER? YOU MEAN THE KIND FROM UP THERE? Scottie Thompson and Eric Balfour try to stay covered in Skyline (Rogue)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Sci-fi and Fantasy; Starring: Eric Balfour, Donald Faison; Director: Colin Strause, Greg Strause; Release Date Wide: 11/12/2010; Runtime (in minutes): 94; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: Universal, Universal Pictures
Posted November 12 2010 — 12:00 AM EST
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