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#43: Skyline

So, I went in to Skyline having read the reviews, and knowing from the start that it was currently coasting along at a 10% at Rotten Tomatoes. Not a good sign.

Turns out, expecting to see the worst movie of the year is a pretty good setup to seeing Skyline.

It's NOT the worst movie of the year (that's still a dead race between The Lovely Bones and the remake of Nightmare on Elm Street), but it's EASILLY the most disappointing movie of the year. Because the trailers were really interesting looking.

The fact that this is, in the end, a boring movie is kind of a shock. The special effects were rather good... but turns out a movie needs more than good special effects to be a good movie. Skyline's main problem is its script, really; it's put together from all the best parts of a dozen or so OTHER movies, but without any skill at writing dialogue. And then the script attempts to present a really grim, ultimately quite dark movie in a no-gore PG-13 sanitized manner. Had this movie been written or directed by David Cronenberg, Clive Barker, David Fincher, or John Carpenter, in full-on R-rated mode with no-holds barred and as a full-on horror movie, and had someone with talent written the screenplay and dialouge, it could have been an INCREDIBLE movie. But it wasn't.

Skyline: D+



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Apr. 13th, 2011 04:35 am (UTC)
Thanks for an idea, you sparked at thought from a angle I hadn’t given thoguht to yet. Now lets see if I can do something with it.

Apr. 15th, 2011 10:49 pm (UTC)
What a great resource!

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