The Sky Has Fallen
As disease wipes out almost all of mankind in a post-apocalyptic world, survivors flee to remote locations to avoid infection.
Are you with us so far?
Of course you are.
BUT, writer/director Doug Roos then chucks shadowy, massive-handed, sinister, wraith-like hooded bastards at us, hellbent on carrying the dead away and experimenting on them! Cheers, Doug!
Now, Lance and Rachel, two survivors determined to fight back, must kill the leader of these creatures before the rest of humanity is wiped out.
After an impressive opening ‘scene’ of sheer black, overlaid with a crackling media broadcast proclaiming the end is seriously nigh, this no-to-low budget independent horror film covers a lot of familiar ground, which works both for and against Roos’ 72-minute feature.
AGAINST: It’ll undoubtedly be compared to every other zombie feature, great and small. Regardless of circumstance, certain people still insist on lumping everything genre-similar into one big, incorrect pot.
FOR: Err, well, it’ll undoubtedly be compared to every other zombie feature, great and small! Let me explain…
THE SKY HAS FALLEN isn’t as good as many odes to the undead. It doesn’t have the money or gloss of most of the Zom-By-Numbers shite churned out today. It doesn’t have the acting talent pool, the 200-piece orchestra soundtrack or a director with a veteran’s box of tricks.
What it DOES have is a director/editor/writer (ALL Doug Roos!) who’s quickly learning the trade on the job and already surpasses some bigger budgeted efforts with his eagerness… Oh, and did I mention the special effects (co-created by, yep, Mr Roos) are fucking excellent?!
Therefore, those who DO understand that independent cinema is its own separate, beautiful beast, will hopefully recognise TSHF for all its pluses.
I’ve read some criticism of his editing regarding the visual effects, suggesting such creations should be left on screen a little longer in order to be fully appreciated by the viewer, which I understand…to a point. My argument is, if he were to have done this, the same people would moan they’d spotted flaws in his work due to over-exposure, so bravo, Mr R.
We didn’t really see Giger’s Alien much early-doors and THAT didn’t work out too bad did it?!!
The score too is another plus point, as are the audio effects and some of the editing touches during the numerous fight scenes – although these can get slightly repetitive due to maybe having to use certain shots twice for financial reasons. Also, the sword set pieces can feel slightly slow and awkward on occasion, but I’m probably right in assuming Doug and the gang didn’t have ‘Hire A Weapons Expert/Choreographer’ kinda money.
Although the acting wasn’t something I’d praise, it certainly wasn’t bad. Lance and Rachel (Carey MacLaren and Laurel Kemper) did enough to hold together and deliver a pretty original post-apocalyptic plot with a solid script.
Come the finale, I’m not sure whether it was by luck or design that I was left wanting more, but Doug Roos can be very pleased with the skills he’s accrued so far.
My particular highlight? A trippy dream sequence where a shadowy, massive-handed, sinister, wraith-like hooded bastard enters screen-left, upside-down and, well, just watch it…….