Skyline (2010) – Review

2 Stars

The Brothers Strause are back with a low-budget ($10million) alien attack film, that at times has the gloss of a summer tent-pole flick. Lacking any high profile stars, the marketing has wisely chosen to focus on the impressive visual effects. Highly influenced by Roland Emmerich’s ‘ID4‘, but lacking the sense of awe and relatable characters, ‘Skyline’ becomes something of a bore after the initial invasion sequence.

Both Eric Balfour and Donald Faison have been in much worse and they are adequate if not serviceable in their roles here. Due to the poor writing every character is drawn in broad strokes making it hard to truly believe they are such close friends. None of the other actors make much of an impression and you wind up rooting for the aliens to suck their brains out.

This is a let down for the sibling team that was behind 2007’s much better ‘AVP: Requiem‘. In that film they showed an understanding of tone and suspense. Unfortunately ‘Skyline‘ could have been a fun little B- programmer, like the previously mentioned title. However with clunky dialogue a silly cast and no sense of joy, this turns into a collection of good looking shots in search of a coherent story.

Director: Colin Strause & Greg Strause
Stars: Eric Balfour, Donald Faison, Scottie Thompson

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