SKYMAN review by Patrick Hendrickson – The Blair Witch Project’s co-creator takes on aliens

SKYMAN review by Patrick Hendrickson – The Blair Witch Project’s co-creator takes on aliens

SKYMAN is a faux-documentary production following a man named Carl Merryweather, who claims to have been abducted by aliens as a young child and who has continued to seek answers about what he experienced. Mike Selle stars as Carl, and it is hard to judge his performance due to the rabbit-hole of a format this movie is in. Ostensibly, Carl is meant to come across as a real person and so Skelle should come across as a genuine human being. He does not. However, he DOES come across as a cartoonish caricature of a UFO conspiracy theorist.

The presentation of this production is that of a typical documentary with a lot of interview segments and tracking shots of Carl roaming around. There is nothing lacking in this cinematography but nothing of note either. Daniel Myrick of The Blair Witch Project fame writes and directs SKYMAN. Myrick’s legacy in film is nothing to scoff at because of Blair Witch. It is a highly regarded film in the “found-footage” genre and can easily be credited with influencing dozens if not hundreds of films that have come since its release.

Sadly though, this fake documentary style of filmmaking is no longer creative and there are no experimental qualities to this picture. If anything, an opposite effect has occurred. This style of making a movie is so played-out and whatever credit it would have gotten for creativity has been run dry. Nobody will be fooled or drawn in by what they are seeing and nobody could possibly become immersed in such a lackluster story. The movie drags on at a snail’s pace up until the final moments where it becomes outright laughable.

SKYMAN also has an issue in that it lacks any kind of cogent theme. The movie begins with a quote from Arthur C. Clarke, “Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.” However nothing in this production expands or elaborates or really has anything to do with this quote. A few questions are raised but not from any thematic or cinematic elements. The major question I was having by the end of all of this was “What is the purpose of this movie?” It certainly could not have been to entertain an audience, nor could it have been any kind of attempt to inform its viewers about anything. There are no answers to this question presented by the production.

If this was a story about a real human being then I would accuse the filmmakers of taking advantage of Carl Merryweather. Fortunately, this is not the case and so they can only be accused of making a boring movie rather than an exploitative one. This production does not warrant the emotions needed to truly tear apart because, bluntly speaking, SKYMAN is just a dull experience all around… for these reasons earning a 2/5

SKYMAN opens in Drive-In theaters June 30th, and is available On Demand on July 7, 2020

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