Who's In It: Eric Falfour, Donald Faison, Scottie Thompson, Brittany Daniel, Crystal Reed, David Zayas
The Basics: Some aliens come to earth and land in Los Angeles. They're on a mission to eat up a bunch of jerks, so it's lucky for them they dropped down in that specific spot; they'll never go hungry. These aliens are also virtually unstoppable. Nuclear bombs, stealth fighter planes, all the weaponry on hand in the U.S. military's arsenal, none of that stuff can slay these creatures. To do that, the characters discover, requires good old fashioned hand-to-hand combat. Well, hand-to-tentacle. Anyway, remember that next time you think all it'll take to vanquish the monster is a bigger gun.
What's The Deal: This pretty awful movie is from a team of visual effects-making brothers, Colin and Greg Strause, who've been making stuff look awesome for several years now. And they're getting better as feature directors (their last one was the barfy AVPR: Aliens vs. Predator--Requiem). Now, when I say "better" I don't mean that this one is any good. It's just not as bad as AVPR. These guys love to make monsters and it shows, because the aliens are beautifully designed, like asymmetrical Frank Gehry buildings with tentacles. And the effects are impressively crushing, loud and fireballish. But then it's like they remembered there also had to be people in the movie so the monsters would have someone to kill, and they just decided to go surfing the day all that boring stuff was being cast and shot.
Best Kill: They're all pretty great, but the one where a character gets sucked up into one of the alien's starfish-shaped tentacle mouth-holes, then vomited back out, then re-eaten, is a brilliant stroke of gross-out genius.
Stupid Human Tricks: The great thing about the non-alien characters here is that they are absolutely empty. They sneer and party and sneer some more and then stop right in the middle of the mayhem to be petulant about relationship difficulties. There's actually an attack scene in which Donald Faison has to take time out of trying to escape with his life to address his girlfriend Brittany Daniel's anger over him cheating on her. Him: "We'll talk about it later." Her: "Yes, we will."
Other Thing Named Skyline That This Film Will Never Take The Place Of: The famous chili that you put on spaghetti. But the movie would have be pretty much Avatar for that to happen. And maybe not even then.