Skyline is the perfect example of how you can ruin a spectacular movie in the last three seconds.
This movie had everything.
Well written characters? Check
Original? (Well, pretty much. It felt a little like ID4 Independence Day shown from another perspective)
Great plot? Check (until the end)
Closure on all the characters? Check (until the end)
From a writer’s perspective, let’s look at the characters. There aren’t too many. (Nine total, I think) and they are all easily recognizable. This is a run-for your life move, so yes, not all of them will make it until the end, that’s a given, so not all nine are in the entire movie.
Each of the nine…even the two that only had a few lines, were wonderfully depicted, which is a show of not only strong writing, but also fairly decent acting.
Even though we only saw that character for a second, or a few lines, the lines or “happenings” were strong enough that we could relate to them, and we cared, even though they were not one of the main characters. Also, to do that, we didn’t need their back story or to get too much into their lives. We could just relate.
For instance: There is a big loud party. A security guard or building manager knocks on the door and very politely (and realistically) asks them to be quiet. He walks away, knowing fully-well that they will not quiet down, with this precious look on his face. I identified. Haven’t we all been there? The point is, a 30 second fully-rounded character that you can identify with. Well done.
What was also great is that every minor character that we meet gets sewn up with an ending of some sort. Some heroic, some unfortunate, but their stories are all completed by the end of the movie.
This was a five-out-of five star movie until the last five minutes. As the movie was starting to end, I started to get that “awe shoot” feeling. Realistic ending? Probably— but I prefer something a little happier. That’s just me though.
However, then it took a tumble. A huge tumble.
I would love to know if this visually spectacular and probably hugely-expensive movie ran out of budget, and stopped production…because that is what looked like happened.
I will try to explain this without a spoiler…a major scene is happening. One character turns and looks at a bad guy, takes a step… and the credits start.
The movie just stops. Boom. No ending. No ending at all. I have to say it again…
This is what really grates on my nerves. This movie was SPECTACULAR until the last five minutes, but those last five minutes, though disappointing, were at least acceptable. But those last three seconds?
If they had just gone on for five to ten more minutes, they could have finished. But nothing is more disappointing that having a great time watching a movie and not having it end.
I mean, this isn’t even like Luke and Lea looking out the window while the Millenium Falcon leaves to go save Han Solo. That at least faded into space and you knew they were doing something (and that there would be a next movie)
This movie just STOPPED right in the middle of a scene.
Two Stars. One for Awesome Special Effects, and one for great characters.
Five more minutes and this film could have been one of the best I’d ever seen. Such a shame.
For authors: FINISH YOUR STINKING STORIES. Don’t leave your reader’s hanging. I was loving SKYLINE, but instead of turning it off and saying “wow” I went to bed angry.
It’s never good to go to bed angry.