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Battle For Skyark (2015/Lionsgate DVD)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: D Film: C

Sporting a decent plot that closely follows the hero's journey mythic structure and archetypes that have been the blueprint to some of the greatest fantasy films ever created, Simon Hung's The Battle of Skyark (2015) is an ambitious low budget film that should have been a big budget studio project with a better cast and screenplay. The result is something akin to a SyFy Channel movie that constantly borrows off ideas from other films in the Science Fiction genre like Mad Max, Stargate, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow to name a few. The film also has some of the worst character names in recent history (Rags, Rusty, Ash (the the character from Ridley Scott's Alien (1979)), Birdie, Skunk) – ack!

When a mysterious race of creatures takes over a desolate Earth, humanity must take refuge in SkyArk, the city in the sky. After the rebellion against a corrupt leadership fails, the wealthy doom the rebels' children to live on the ruins of the old Earth. The rebel leader's son, Rags, must lead his fellow exiles against the monsters in order to have a chance to return to SkyArk, but he soon finds that he has a much greater purpose in saving humanity.

Presented in standard definition with an anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track, the film looks and sounds fine on DVD but could benefit to a Blu-ray release. No extras.

- James Lockhart



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