Just got back from watching Skyline. I read some reviews before I went, most of which said it was terrible and something to avoid at all cost. With that message firmly embedded in my brain I went with zero positive expectations and quite enjoyed it.
Most of the reviews said the acting was really bad. It wasn’t wonderful, but it certainly wasn’t Twilight bad. The reviews said it lacked plot. Well yeah, but Cloverfield and District 9 weren’t exactly brimming with plot and they were cool. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not heaping praise on this film, it’s certainly a B movie, but it’s by no means the worst film I’ve ever seen. It beats the hell out of any Twilight movie, but then so does a blank screen.
The film wears its influences very much on its sleeve. A lot of the visuals look like they were stolen heavily inspired by The Matrix and Independence Day (I really hate that film). There is a District 9 and Cloverfield feel to the film, with some of the visuals kinda stolen inspired by Cloverfield too, along with a bit of War of the Worlds for good measure.
One of the most interesting things about the film is it allegedly cost less than $10 Million to make. That’s like one episode of Friends (final season). I think the visuals are pretty sweet for that price. It also means it might make enough money, even with half empty cinemas, for a sequel to happen, which they definitely want judging by the ham-fisted hook into a sequel at the end. If one happens I will go to see it just out of curiosity.
So go expecting the worst and it won’t be quite as bad as you expected, possibly…