Rarely do I see a film that has already garnered as much negative publicity as Skyline. Reviews have had titles like Skyline is galactically awful to Skyline: A recipe for disaster to Skyline not even good enough for cable TV and Skyline: Trapped in a Bad Movie, With No Hope of Escape. The titles are amusing, but, really, is Skyline quite that bad?
Since the beginning of cinema, aliens have proven more effective off-screen than on, which is why when they do show up, they’re often pretty lame and far too anthropomorphic. The problem is that our imagination is more effective at conjuring up something frightening than a special effects house. Spielberg is notable in his frequent waif-like aliens, for example. In the last few years, though, perhaps starting with the milestone of Alien, scary, alien creatures have started to appear, and this is one area where I thought Skyline’s sf/x team did a great job. The alien creatures are big, hulking many-tentacled creatures that are a fusion of mechanical and biological I found reminiscent of the computer-controlled creatures from The Matrix series and, yes, rather frightening.