Skyline (2010)

Skyline (2010)

A small group of friends wakes up from a night of partying to find that they are among the few humans left on Earth, with the alien invasion underway!

Waking in the midst of an alien invasion, cut off from the world and left to fend for themselves, our group struggles to decide what to do, then to escape, to fight – or just what to do next.  The sense of being overwhelmed is well conveyed.  There is not third party perspective, the viewer experiences everything just as the characters do, which keeps you involved in what is otherwise a ho-hum story.  As the survivors fall, one by one and the tension mounts, you really do find yourself wondering what’s going to happen and whether anyone is going to make it out alive.

I won’t lie, I wanted to see this movie because of the cool-looking special effects.  Those effects turned out to be among the highlights of the film.  If you’re looking for special effects and action, this is a pretty solid choice.  Story is a bit lacking and resolution is completely absent.  POSSIBLE SPOILER: Actually, the resolution is what kills this movie, as it winds up being too smart for its own good (shocking for what is otherwise a somewhat mindless thriller).  We reach the perfect conclusion with our last survivors trapped, alone and out of options with nothing left but each other – ready to go out in one final embrace.  But then somebody decided we needed more and completely ruins a dramatic finale with a ridiculous last stand in the name of love.

A nice thrill ride for most of its run that tries to hard to be something it isn’t at the end.  Worth watching, but once you’re happy with the ending, turn it off – the rest will only make you mad.

Stars: 3.5/5


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