In London, a military plane crashes leaving its highly classified contents strewn across the city. Completely unaware that the city is in lockdown, a group of people become trapped inside a storage facility with a highly unwelcome guest.
Release Year: 2012
Rating: 4.2/10 (1,400 voted)
Stars: Noel Clarke, Colin O'Donoghue, Antonia Campbell-Hughes
Storyline In London, a military plane crashes leaving its highly classified contents strewn across the city. Completely unaware that the city is in lockdown, a group of people become trapped inside a storage facility with a highly unwelcome guest.
Writers: Noel Clarke, Davie Fairbanks
Cast: Noel Clarke
Jamie Thomas King
Filming Locations: Wandsworth, London, England, UK
(15 July 2012)
And I thought Skyline was bad....
Based upon the trailer I saw I had reasonable expectations of this
movie, not the dizzying heights of Aliens or Alien, but perhaps an
entertaining little movie/homage. I was wrong. We were treated to a
poorly written script with poor Direction and confusing shallow depth
of field close ups for the entirety of the running time.
An opportunity was squandered by the writers and director to create an
intense experience in a claustrophobic setting with a vicious Alien
creature that is hell bent on killing every member. Sounds interesting.
Sign me up to watch that movie. But sadly we are not treated to this
instead we focus on a group of whiney thirty somethings who look
bemused and uninterested, perhaps due to the shoddily written dialogue,
who casually saunter through the film with the occasional lapse into
hysteria when the "Alien" attacks. Otherwise they argue about a break
up scenario involving Noel Clarkes character and Antonia Cambell-
hughes, who incidentally somehow channels the Audiences reaction to the
film with her disinterested performance to the material. In truth if
I'd have dated Noel Clarkes whiney character too, He'd have been dumped
and cheated on as well.
Now to get on to the Alien in question... a hybrid creation which
resembles a poor version of the cockroach creatures from District 9. In
that movie they looked menacing and creepy, in this it just looks
silly. Every attack is shown in an extreme close up... by the end I was
begging for the director to please give us a medium shot so at least I
could get some indication of surroundings/bearings/anything! The worst
travesty has to be the final showdown with the Alien involving a
usually fairly talented and reliable Irish actor named Ned Dennehy. He
usually gives quirky characterizations and in this to a certain degree
he does as well with one key difference: it just isn't believable. You
may say its not supposed to be, that he's there for comic relief. Fine,
perhaps. But then again it isn't particularly funny either, just
another blip on an already blemished film. He courageously sacrifices
himself so that the three others can escape the Alien creature near the
end of the movie. That would be fine if we cared or indeed we were
shown that he cared for any of the characters he sacrificing himself
for. Only twenty minutes previous he attacks them and now they are life
long buddies sacrificing life and limp for... hmmm anyone else think
thats poor writing? I expected a bit more from this movie than it
delivered. It sorely lacked direction and a properly cohesive script
that had proper set pieces and interesting characterizations instead it
fails even as a B movie instead slipping into a category of its own
somewhere close to C. I'm surprised Universal studios is releasing this
to cinemas its home clearly belongs on DVD.