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Skyline (2010) - Film Review

Updated on May 12, 2011

Simply another case of “The Trailer is the Movie” Skyline once again proves that budget spent on visual effects will not capture an audience enough to accurately tell a story. The film concerns a couple, Jared (Eric Balfour) and Elaine (Scottie Thompson) who are traveling to LA to meet with Jared’s childhood friend. His friend Ray (Neil Hopkins) is a wealthy special effects producer, although it is entirely irrelevant to the story and it seems more like a cliche wealthy rap artist. Ray invites them to their home for a night of partying and they wake up to find all hell has broken loose from an alien invasion that uses blue luminescence to trap its victims. Their never is an explanation for these events throughout the entire film and the ending only begs more questions. It felt as though it was rushed, animated and overly developed exposition to a much larger and much more interesting story. The film does capture any significant plot throughout and it is simply a special effects trip. Skyline seems to have been trying to progress into either a definable science fiction and then into a science fiction horror, but never really grasps either side of the coin. In these films that concern the “world takeover” it becomes necessary for the audience to know what is going on from a world view, even if the world view does not know what is going on. For example, in Independence Day, the government of the US was involved in the story and it meshed the characters together in a successful way. In that story, we knew as much as we possibly could about this aliens. In War of the Worlds, a science fiction horror, we knew from the character’s experiences the weaknesses of the creatures or invaders. We knew something about this invasion. In this film we are left with more questions than answers and simply no resolution of any kind. It seems like a film based on the idea, what if the aliens came and actually took over without a fight, and that’s it. Well it would suck, and making a film showing this wouldn’t change anything. It still sucks. That being said, Skyline would do well for audiences looking simply for some stunning visuals. But if your really looking for  something to watch for the weekend, this will more than likely be a disappointment. 

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      Hector Franco 7 years ago

      While agnosticism is a very common criticism choice of entertainment media, it fails to capture aesthetic value of an audience because of it's strong drive to search for meaning or purpose. Based only on the film's probable broad entertainment reception from audiences, Skyline uses expensive visual effects without utilizing them to create a throughly developed story and misuses it's mundane uncessary human melodrama to convey unfelt human desperation. Still, viewing the aliens as "the devil" is an interesting perspective but think is a little too far-fetched.

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      jasper cecil 7 years ago

      One of the great Catholic saints, Josepha Menendez, who visited Hell on a regular basis and suffered greatly, relates the comments of the demons she met there.

      “Tonight,” wrote Josefa, “I did not go down into hell, but was transported to a place where all was obscure, but in the center was a red smoldering fire. They had laid me flat and so bound me that I could not make the slightest movement. Around me were seven or eight people; their black bodies were unclothed, and I could see them only by the reflections of the fire. They were seated and were talking together.

      “One devil to another said: ‘We’ll have to be very careful not to be found out, for we might easily be discovered’

      Another devil answered; ‘Insinuate yourselves by including carelessness in them … but keep in the background, so that you are not found out … by degrees they will become callous, and you will be able to incline them to evil. Tempt these others to ambition, to self-interest, to acquiring wealth without working … Excite some to sensuality and love of pleasure’.”

      “Sounds of confusion and blasphemy cease not for an instant. A sickening stench asphyxiates and corrupts everything; it is like the burning of putrefied flesh, mingled with tar and sulfur…a mixture to which nothing on earth can be compared.”

      We know from the testimony of the children of Fatima that the Blessed Mother said that more people go to Hell for sins of the flesh than for any other reason.

      You will see in this film the symbolic realization of the previous conditions.

      1. The heroes are fornicating machines.

      2. They seek great wealth without really working.

      3. They are fatally attracted to what they describe as a beautiful light which is the lure the satanic monster uses to snatch them and devour them.

      4. The ending shows how the two unmarried, fornicating brats are snatched up in a reverse form of the Rapture, which, instead of leading to the errant protest-ant concept of being lifted up into Heaven, takes them instead into the bowels of one of the spaceships where the hero's brain is torn from his body and then implanted into a dark, demonic form.

      In short, while the demons whom Blessed Josepha Menendez met were concerned about being found out, today's movie-goers are so uncatechized as to witness satan's literal in-your-face declaration of war against mankind and not to know it's true spiritual roots in the lives of Catholic saints.

      Pray the Rosary, people. You've been lied to and satan's empty promises of endless pleasure through sex, drugs and rock 'n roll should have enough consequences by now to convince you that the painless existence you seek is not possible here on earth. Take up your cross, deny yourself daily and follow the Christ. Satan is so totally disclosed that you don't even recognize him in your movies, music, books, newspapers and magazines, or computers, ipods, mp3's, and any other electronic gizmo which captivates your attention exactly as that beautiful blue light completely ensnared its victims in this movie.

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