I'm not going to judge the whys or attempt to analyze the events, only to note that the career of Anne Heche is certainly one that remains memorable for its incredible downward spiral. Despite her talent, which in my opinion is still considerable, this is one of the best examples I can think of when someone denies there's a conspiracy within Hollywood's surprisingly cloistered mental and political compound. And for a talented actress once teamed with Harrison Ford and Johnny Depp, punishment for "breaking the rules" is meted out with projects like this.
It's stunning irony that the very industry that proudly decries The Blacklist, used against creators like Dalton Trumbo and Lionel Stander, willingly continues to do so on the sly against current artists they deem "inappropriate". Will they feel shame 40 years down the road? I think so.
My hope is that there will be another Tarantino, a renegade filmmaker who will scoop from the so-called bottom and uplift solid talents, bringing them back into the light. Not so much rescuing careers, as acknowledging and revealing the new Hollywood shame and hypocrisy.
'Skies' is essentially a SciFi Saturday filler. The day they set aside for their Disaster & Creature Weekends, fairly innocuous direct-to-video cheapies that offer the gamut of disasters, aliens and monsters. Sometimes, like this flick, a government conspiracy.
Tells the story of medical researchers and doctors who are battling a new plague - but whose origins seem to be less biologically based and more chemical; less a natural mutation of a known disease and one more likely linked to an artificial source.
A bulldog reporter and brilliant physician seem to be working toward the same conclusion - that the government is collaborating with various chemical companies for a sinister purpose. I won't spoil the reason for those interested in viewing the production.
There are standard fare action elements that Director Andrew Erin is attempting, including the '24' multiple shot composition. But the flick's timing is molasses slow and, ultimately, wasted effort. Sadly, one of the key 'characters', the disease itself, seems to be a background player when it should've been one of the leads. It's not all that expensive to show people collapsing, blood being vomited, scared and terrified medical personnel refusing to go into trauma centers, etc, etc. But that dramatic energy is only hinted at, not delved into. Definitely a missed opportunity.
Interesting premise unfortunately told on multiple doses of Valium. Slow, slow, slow. The movie endless drags out the story and cannot gain traction. Much tighter editing and this might've worked. It happens every blue moon that a SciFi Saturday Special hits the target. But not this time.