I appreciate everything about film from the cinematograpy to the directing; and I never cease to be amazed by what the people who make films can achieve.
Skyline is no exception to this. For anyone who doesn't know: this film was made on a very tiny budget, by current standards. It cost only $500,000 to film and a further $10,000,000 for special effects - with the average blockbuster costing in the region of £150-£200 million this was no small achievement.
I read the reviews here and on other sites and went into this film with a lot of reservations; fully expecting to be sorely disappointed.
Instead I was totally engrossed from start to finish.
The acting was good, the effects were incredible (especially given the pitifully small budget) and the storyline thrilling. There's a definite sense of real-people-in-an-unimaginable-situation going on (partly due to the cast being made up of relative unknowns).
Now before you totally disregard my thoughts here's a few examples of films I love/hate:
Love: The King's Speech, King Kong (all versions), Schindler's LIst, District 9, Anything Disney, Color Purple, Saw franchise
Hate: Knocked Up, The Flintstone's Movie, Invasion: The Beginning, Cloverfield, Last Exorcism, Resevoir Dogs
Maybe the above will help you to realise that I don't love everything I watch. But, for Skyline to be getting similar reviews as the utterly rubbish Last Exorcism is totally unfair.
Yes, it has a fairly open ending that some viewers may find frustrating (never have a problem with these myself as I can always decide for myself what happened next). Also, some story elements were not explained (see above bracketed statement).
Maybe other viewers were expecting more Independence Day type action. Maybe they wanted known stars. Maybe they wanted to be spoon-fed plot and happy ending? Maybe they didn't understand the film?....or maybe...just maybe we all have different taste in movies and there will always be people to hate or love any given film. Hell, I read a review from someone saying that Schindler's List was boring rubbish, badly acted and badly directed. That person deserves to be locked up in my opinion.
But that's all this review is...my opinion.
Maybe it helped that I went into this film with very low expectations and subsequently was pleasantly surprised. Maybe I'm just a bad critic I don't know....what I DO know is that I'm looking forward to Skyline 2, which is apparently coming out in 2012!