First Skyline Reviews Reference Great Effects, Bad Everything Else

The first reviews for the sci-fi alien invasion flick Skyline starring Eric Balfour are trickling in and they’re about as predictable as they say the film’s plot is.

The film revolves around aliens that descend from the sky to collect the entire human population for harvesting. Tony Rogers from Arbiter Online found this idea “intuitive,” but found the plotline about a group of partiers fighting to save their lives against the aliens a cliched mess.

David Edwards of the Daily Mirror wasn’t quite as kind. “A cut-and-paste monster mash with no business whatever in a multiplex,” he wrote in his Skyline review. “Heck, if you tuned into this on cable on a Sunday night, you’d be canceling your subscription.” Roger Moore of the Orlando Sentinel had a similar response. “Skyline plays like an effects guru’s resume reel, not a movie.”

Most critics tend not to appreciate visual effects as much as plot elements which is reflected in Skyline’s current 29% fresh score at Rotten Tomatoes. More than one review compares it to something that should appear on the SyFy channel, which isn’t really a stretch considering the film’s low budget and relatively unknown cast. It doesn’t take a genius to deduce the effects from directors The Brothers Strause are far beyond anything you’ll see on television. That alone may be worth seeing the aliens attack up on the big screen.

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