We receive a lot of movies to review here at OC Movie Reviews, across the spectrum of genres and budgets. And, whilst there’s no ‘one rule for all’ we have always maintained that if your budget is low, there are some genres that should perhaps be avoided.
Anything where people would expect big budget special effects are generally left to when a studio comes knocking. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule, there are always exceptions. When Gareth Edwards put together Monsters in 2010 he had a reputed half-a-million dollars to do. Granted that’s still a considerable sum, but it also helped that Edwards was a VFX artist already.
Fighting The Sky ignores all that and goes for the sci-fi genre anyway, pitching two groups of young-adults and some kids against aliens in the sky, and on the ground.
Having said what I’ve said, perhaps somewhat surprisingly it’s not the VFX that let Fighting The Sky down, for they’re actually pretty decent. The spaceships in the sky look convincing, and the decloaking looks good too.
When we get to see the aliens, for we do which, in itself, is a brave move, they too look good, reptilian in their appearance. It’s only when someone must physically interact with them that they turn into a ‘man in a suit’, but then there’s not a lot you can do about that for that’s what they are.
No, what lets Fighting The Sky down is purely that, despite a spritely just over 1.5 hour runtime, not a great deal happens and, even when it does, there’s a distinct lack of tension.
The film centres around Lorraine, Angela Cole (“White Boy Rick“, “The Black Room”), a one-woman, always-in-shorts-and-short-tops, alien tracker who creates an app that allows her to track the strange noises in the sky everyone has been hearing recently.
Her former motley crew of alien-chasers convince her to come back to the group to hunt down the source of the noises and, together with a woman who had an encounter with one, they begin to hunt down the aliens, or is it the other way around?
For a low budget sci-fi flick I actually quite liked Fighting The Sky. Sure, some of the acting is on the lackadaisical side and it needed more; more tension, more excitement or more drama and to delve into the back story of the many characters that are introduced.
Instead the makers go for the middle ground, perhaps unsure or afraid of veering too far one way or the other, which means you keep waiting, nay expecting, something big to happen, but it never does.
Even when we first see the ships in the sky, the next couple of scenes slow the whole movie down again, when I’d have preferred for the excitement and ‘alienness’ begin getting ramped up.
Fighting The Sky invades digital streaming on February 5th, 2019.