THE SKY HAS FALLEN
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
The Sky Has Fallen is about a world that has fallen prey to the living dead. In this wasteland, two souls have converged. One girl, alone, and one dude who has taken to killing the zombies, any way he can. Mysterious black figures seem to be taking people away too, and there's your story arc.
Is it good movie?
Well, although I admire this film, I can't say I recommend it as a critic. At best, this movie felt like a solid student project rather than anything I'd feel justified paying money to see. The whole thing was shot on digital video, and looks nice, but definitely is a low budget endeavor. There are lots of zombies showing up out nowhere too, and the makeup effects are decent.
My main problem with this one is twofold- number one, the guy who plays Lance, Carey MacLaren. He's the hero of the story and unfortunately I didn't buy him for a second. He looks like a dude who lives in his parents' basement (not that there's anything wrong with that), grew a beard, grabbed a samurai sword (?), and copped an attitude. And a big part of this movie is having to listen to him spout wooden lines of dialogue while making serious faces. This dude is my biggest complaint about this movie. I'm sorry, I bet that he tried, but I didn't buy him as my unlikely hero for a moment.
The movie is pretty straightforward too, fight zombies, find clues, read journals, interact with one another, repeat. The dialogue scenes are rough going, as I mentioned above but the fight scenes aren't too hot either. Lots of 'blam blam' sound effects from guns, and lots of swords slipping underneath arms to look like people have been stabbed. Also, although the film touts its score by James Sizemore, I don't think you need to have loud harmonic strings in almost every shot. Music is important, but I found the mix was off and a bit too overpowering.
Other characters tend to come and go too, until the eventual conclusion, which is decent enough for me not to spoil. It's getting there that is the tough part. The movie just comes off sort of dull, which is unfortunate because I can tell it was a labor of love with a lot of work put into it.
Video / Audio
In the end, The Sky Has Fallen isn't awful, just sort of boring with a lead performance that really grated my nerves. I can appreciate a good homemade film performance (as I like to make them myself), but that doesn't mean that I would ever recommend this film or see how it could be distributed.