Joined: 14 Oct 2002 Posts: 4107 Location: Sheffield, UK
Posted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 1:37 pm Post subject: Skyline - worst scifi of the year?
If it's scifi then I have to go and see it, even if rottentomatoes only gave it 16%. Boy, were they on the money this time
Well, the trailer itself is a spoiler, the car that gets squashed in the trailer shows up very early in the film and as soon as you see it and its driver you think 'aha, so he's dead then'. This film makes no sense what so ever. The first third of the film is just a pool side party soap opera where we meet the heroes. Now, in Cloverfield (which this film rips off) that made sense because you had a range of different characters and then it was interesting to watch how each reacted as things got worse and worse. In this film every character is an arse hole One guy is a vacuous two timing play boy, a control freak hotel manager, a slutty gold digger, a no brain trophy wife and the two main stars are weak characters who have little to redeem them. You cannot develop chemistry if you hate everyone!
The aliens (which are a rip off of War of the Worlds) are never explained properly. They can shine a light in your eyes and take control of your mind, they build cybernetic ships, they travel inter-stella distances, they've mastered nano-technolgy so their ships can rebuild themselves - so why have they come here? To harvest our brains!! What? Is this the 1930s again? Why?
So, back to our geniuses. They decide the safest thing to do is hold out in the penthouse suite of a tower block. Surrounded by windows and with no water or power. The hotel manager is with them and it doesn't occur to him to go through the hotel gather some water bottles and hold up in the cellar (with no windows). So one by one they get eaten or walk into the light.
At one point they talk about making a mad dash for the marina next door and using the boat the playboy owns to make a run to another city/country. However, they decide to do this in the middle of the DAY and obviously it doesn't work. Back to the penthouse.
The end just gets even worse and is just laugh out loud funny. We learn no more about the aliens or their plans. Do our heroes survive, do they die, what happens to the world? No idea.
Other bonkers sillyness. They don't have a radio and never attempt to get one. The tv emergency broadcast signal is on, but it just makes a 56k modem buzz, lots of use there then. The 24hour news channels are still playing, but everyone has walked off the set. There is no sign of attack, just empty news studios on all channels. Where did they go?
Worth seeing just to laugh at it. Watch War of the Worlds and Cloverfield and you'll have infinitely more fun.
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