The title of this film might sound familiar. If so, it’s because I reviewed this film once already a couple of years ago (back in 2010, to be precise). So why am I reviewing it again? Well, back then, it was just a short film. Director Doug Roos pitched his vision on Kickstarter and raised enough money to create a full length feature. I’m glad he did because THE SKY HAS FALLEN is a tight indie production that will please even the heartiest of zombie-flick fans.
If you are not familiar with THE SKY HAS FALLEN, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of the film’s official website:
Within a couple of hours, a new disease wipes out almost all of mankind. Trying to avoid infection, people flee to remote locations, but they start seeing mysterious black figures, carrying away the dead and experimenting on them. Now, Lance and Rachel, two survivors determined to fight back, must kill the leader of these creatures before the rest of humanity disappears.
The simplicity of this film is part of its allure. The plot is up front and basic. There are only two characters in the film, which streamlines things a bit and emphasizes the dialogue more, but it also allows for more zombie-killing action scenes. The result is a fun, entertaining jaunt into zombie horror.
THE SKY HAS FALLEN is shot very well and looks great on-screen. I’m especially impressed with some of the camera angles the production team was able to achieve. In many low budget features, there’s no creativity when it comes to cinematography. That’s just the opposite here; there are plenty of unique shots that add to the intensity of the story and heighten the look of the film.
The acting is mediocre, but that is to be expected in low budget flicks. The dialogue, however, is where I have a problem. My sole complaint about the film is how the actors deliver most of their lines in breathy, over-dramatic bursts. This can be overlooked thanks to the special effects and the story, but I do feel its worth mentioning.
And speaking of special effects, THE SKY HAS FALLEN has some of the best practical effects of any low budget film I’ve ever seen. In an age dominated with CG, it is so refreshing to see practical effects still in play. There’s plenty of gore but the zombie effects look great as well.
THE SKY HAS FALLEN is an absolute win for me and I highly recommend it. This film is a true testament to what can be achieved when you put your heart and soul into a project. The results are fun and entertaining. Check this one out for sure.