Strause Brothers

Boiling Point

Skyline seems to be the word on the tip of a lot of tongues this weekend. A pretty big majority of people are describing it as being painfully bad, competing for the dubious title of worst film of the year with The Last Airbender – available on Tuesday! There is a much smaller subset of people and critics who were pleased with the film, finding it to be a fun B-movie. Beyond the quality issue, there are a few reasons to talk about Skyline. First there is the obvious comparison to 2011’s Battle: Los Angeles, a much bigger budget film that looks like it’s going to kick all kinds of ass. When discussing the two, you could either bring up the fact that it seems like an obvious entry into the Duo Flicks category – like when we had both Deep Impact and Armageddon come out very close together or when both Dante’s Peak and Volcano exploded onto screens at the same time. Beyond that there is the potentially shady legal issue which has Sony accusing the Strause brothers of some bad dealings involving the project and technology surrounding it, considering that Hydraulx (owned by the Strauses) did some work on B:LA and all the work on Skyline. That seems like it could be a perfectly normal vehicle for discussion, but that’s not what most people are talking about. No, what they’re talking about seems to betray a lack of understanding of exactly what Skyline is.

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If you want to talk about a movie that went from 0 to 99 on the recognition meter, you want to talk about the Colin and Greg Strause film Skyline. I’m not sure anyone really knew what the film was, or even what it was about, unless they were on the inside or had done some serious research. There’s a very good reason why none of us had heard of the film until this point – while a normal movie production employs hundreds (if not thousands) of people, Skyline employed about 20. Once the footage is released, you’ll see that this is very impressive. The Strause Brothers talked about the gestation of the idea that started with something along the lines of “if Paranormal Activity can be made on the cheap in someones house, why can’t we do that?” Hearing those words, one may have expected a movie set completely in an apartment, and one would have been wrong. Skyline is a massive alien invasion epic, or at least that’s what it looks like so far. Check after the jump for more info on this surprising science fiction flick…

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published: 10.30.2014
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