So, uh, apparently not a whole lot of you people liked the Brothers Strause’s “Skyline”, if the comments in our review of the film are any indication. (Read them in all their hateful glory here.) I personally thought the film was okay, even entertaining to a point, but then again, I have very, very low expectations for a movie about invading aliens that suck their victims up through a vacuum into their motherships. Still, even I was a little displeased with the awful characters and seemingly pointless running around the building trying to escape “plot”.
In an interview with Cinematical, “Skyline” writers/producers Liam O’Donnell and Joshua Cordes took time out to defend their movie against the masses. The boys seem taken aback by the backlash, and seem to be going back and forth between acceptance and raging against the machine, and back again.
Was it the advertisement? Liam O’Donnell thinks it could have been:
First off, the movie was marketed as an ‘Independence Day’ action fest instead of what it is: ‘Night of the Living Dead’ in a penthouse with aliens instead of zombies. I think if we had played up some of the horror vibe and then showed glimpses of the bigger money shots — similar to the Comic Con trailer we cut — people’s expectations would be more in line with what we delivered.
As to the sequel, O’Donnell said this:
The sequel treatment is very ambitious and addresses a lot of the issues people have with ‘Skyline.’ It’s more character-driven, it’s not set in one location, it’s action-packed. We’re going to have to see how it plays out. International box office has been very strong. Russia alone was around $5.3 million last weekend. I think the film will play great on DVD and cable TV. And because our ending is so crazy even people that don’t like ‘Skyline’ have expressed interest in seeing the sequel. So in one form or another the story will be told.
It’s a pretty long and entertaining read, so I recommend giving it a spin.
Again, my biggest complaint about the film is really about involvement — specifically, the wrong focus to involve the audience. It’s not impossible to make a small, tightly budgeted alien invasion movie about a small group of people, but you have to actually have characters people CARE about it. More often than not, though, I felt like I was watching a VFX demo reel with an amateur college cast and a really silly script that seemed to exist purely to show off the special effects.