Tuesday, December 14, 2010
CAST: Donald Faison, Eric Balfour, David Zayas, Scottie Thompson, Brittany Daniel, Crystal Reed, Neil Hopkins; DIRECTOR: Colin Strause, Greg Strause ; SCREENPLAY: Joshua Cordes; DISTRIBUTOR: Universal Studios; RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes; LOCATION: US; GENRE: Suspense-Sci-Fi.
Technical Assessment: 1.5
Moral Assessment: 2
CINEMA Rating: For viewers 14 and above
Jarod (Eric Balfour) and his girlfriend, Elaine (Scottie Thompson) fly to Los Angeles to attend a birthday bash of his longtime friend Terry (Donald Faison). After a wild night of partying, strange beams of eerie blue-ray lights awaken Elaine and Jarod and the rest of the guests. Later on they discover these lights are actually emitted by alien spacecrafts that lure humans in, mutate them and then warp them onto the mother ship that eats human brains. Jarod, who just discovered that Elaine is pregnant, decides that his family, along with their friends, will survive the alien invasion.
There is nothing much to say about the film for it has no legitimate plot to speak of in the first place. Much of the movie is devoted to aliens chasing human beings, and nothing more; the supposed plot points are just incidental to the alien invasion. The story confines itself to the interior of the building, and the audience is not really brought outside to the milieu where the more interesting events could be happening. The special effects could have worked better if the movie had a compelling story or at least decent acting to showcase. Editing is just as bad and everything seems to happen irrationally. In the end, Skyline could simply be one of those forgetable if not disgusting doomsday/alien invasion sci-fi flicks.
The film, as what all sci-fi would always present, puts premium on the value of the preservation of human life. Although such value is presented in a form of “suvival of the fittest”, still, it is apparent how a man would do everything to protect his family. However, such attempts appear to be futile on the humans’ end because apparently, the strange creature is much more powerful, armed, equipped and determined to destroy the planet and all surviving humans. The reason for such is not explained in the movie. At some point, the movie might be trying very hard to equate the story with that of Sodom and Gomorrah with its insinuations of sexual excess, but even those are never really resolved. The movie only presents infidelity, fornication and other vices like drug and alcohol abuse but does not really make a moral stand on these. This makes the film even more disturbing. In the battle between humans and extra-terrestial beings, the latter is seen to be at the winning end. The humans, with all their mortality, weaknesses and limitations shall never win over this war for they are portrayed as powerless, most especially that the characters are portrayed to have no faith in the Divine nor any spirituality to speak of. They rely only on their survival instincts and so they get what they deserve—their brains become snacks for the aliens. The ambiguous ending seems to say that despite everything, the human brain prevails over the monster, and that tenderness and love will assure the safety of the unborn, but then again, nothing in the movie prepares the audience for this conclusion. When all this time you show humans being outsmarted and captured by aliens that look like giant and stylized cephalopods and crustaceans equipped with far superior war craft, how can you create a last-minute hero and be credible?—By Rizalino Pinlac, Jr.