Skyline

Hollywood seems to be coming out with some alien invasion movies in the last couple of years but these are ones which, dare I say it, dehumanize the aliens completely. The special effects keep improving over the years but they feature a lot less and give the movie a more gritty, down to earth, dark & sombre feel altogether. And it’s also boring to tell you the truth. You only get to see the humans’s side and this movie, we have no idea what the whole deal is about the aliens who attack us.

Directed and produced by the Brothers Strauss, Skyline is the first of what is supposed to be a series of movies. We have Jarrod (Eric Balfour), Elaine (Scottie Thompson) a couple who have flown to Los Angeles for Jarrod’s best friend Terry’s (Donald Faison) birthday party. Terry has made it big in LA and the party is all out. Jarrod & Elian spend the night celebrating with Terry’s girlfriend, Candice (Brittany Daniel), and his assistant, Denise (Crystal Reed). During the party, one of Terry’s employees, Ray (Neil Hopkins), welcomes Jarrod to L.A., thinking he has moved there to join Terry’s special effects company. During a private argument about whether or not they should move, Eliane confessed that she is pregnant.

At night a bright deep blue light awakens the couple and Jarrod is strangely drawn towards the windows headed for the light. The lights make the eyes turn milky white and the blood vessels to stand out on the skin, as people entranced by the light are capture by alien machines. Ray is sucked into one but Jarrod is saved when Terry tackles him down. The two friends go to the roof top of the building to investigate and see many alien ships, sucking people out of buildings and are nearly captured but Elaine guides them through the door, nearly getting sucked in herself. The group try to go into open waters as there seem to be no alien ships over the ocean. On their way they try to help a couple but they are both killed. Terry & Denise are sucked in by a machine while the group try to escape.

Jarrod, Eliane, Candice & Oliver (the building manager) hide out in Terry’s apartment and the next day the US air force attacks the alien machines. Military helicopters come in and insert squads of marines. Jarrod and Elaine go to the roof hoping to ride a helicopter to safety. Oliver and Candice still hide in the penthouse, but they are found. Candice accidentally exposes herself to the blue light and absorbed; Oliver sacrifices himself in an attempt to kill a machine, but does not succeed. Jarrod & Elaine fight off a machine and kill one but they are soon sucked into a bigger machine and pulled into one of the giant ships. The army is losing out and all over the world, humans seem to be either killed or sucked into the machines.

Inside the space ship, Elaine is moved to a chamber where other pregnant women are stored. Jarrod’s brain is sucked out by a machine and inserted into a humanoid alien. After initially seeming to attack Elaine, Jarrod gains control of the alien body and protects Elaine against some other alien humanoids that approach her. Eventually “Jarrod” defeats them, picks his girlfriend up, and runs off with her.

And so ends the movie. No explanation, no clue as what the hell is going on and why these alien ships are here on earth. It seemed like a big fuss over nothing. Special effects cool, storyline sucked and therefore 6 outta 10.

Fiction Or Non-Fiction

I’ve always read fiction a whole lot more than non-fiction. Fiction involves the mind’s imagination and dreams from the writer and for the readers as well. Everytime I read a fiction novel, every character comes to life for me. I create in my mind the way he/she looks, walks, speaks, laughs, cries, dresses, fights etc. Its not something that I do willingly; it just fucking comes to me. I can’t help it. I start reading and I see the house or apartment, the street, the lawns, the tables, the chairs, the clothes, the dogs, the cats, the love making scene (and no matter how descriptive an author makes it, it still won’t hold a candle to what goes on in my head! If only I could fix a camera in there, I’d make a fortune in the adult film industry!!)

That’s fiction for me. It’s no wonder that before I got internet at home, which was as recently as Sept 2006, I read a lot more. Infact a cold rainy day like today would be perfect to be spend in bed with the blanket upto my chest, music playing at mid-volume level on my stereo and cups after cups of strong black coffee to keep me awake as I read a novel or two. Depending on the weather, coffee would be substituted with a 7up/Sprite or a fruit juice. And I would spend hours at a stretch reading the novels, lost in my own world, only stopping to have food or take toilet breaks. My family called me a bookworm and that I would be all quite and satisfied as long as I got a good book. Ofcourse in the beginning it was comics and stuff but novels took over by the time I was 13-14 years old.

I do like non-fiction but the stuff is rare that I like. If you ask me to name some of some good novels I’d be hard pressed to just name a few as there are so many that I have read and liked. My brain would freeze with all those titles and author names rushing to come out. But if you want non-fiction, I have read so few that I can name a couple right off the bat. I love autobiographies and two tennis greats – Bjorn Borg & Martina Navaratilova have well written autobiographies. I had a copy of My Life & Game, Borg’s 1980 published book which he co-wrote, chronicling his life till then. That is a really good read as is the book I read, taken from a library, on Martina’s life, which she also co-wrote. The last non-fiction novel that I have read is Richard Dawkins’s The God Delusion.

Although I do not mind reading non-fiction, it’s 95% usually fiction for me. Reading is something that I want to do more of once again and I’ll probably start in a couple of weeks once certain things are sorted out with work and my stay.