Night Skies (2007)

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Night Skies: Directed by Roy Knyrim. With Jason Connery, A.J. Cook, George Stults, Ashley Peldon. March 13, 1997. Five friends bound for Las Vegas accidentally hit a stalled truck belonging to an ex-soldier. Stranded together on an isolated country road, they are about to witness one of the largest UFO sightings in history.

“This forgotten Sin City release from big-deal-at-the-time Nic Cramer is rather mysterious, as it suggests a major production but is so poorly constructed as to almost resemble one of those ancient paste-up jobs when foreign action films were u0026quot;Americanizedu0026quot; for U.S. audiences (in the u0026#39;50s, pre-Woody Allenu0026#39;s debut u0026quot;Whatu0026#39;s Up, Tiger Lily?u0026quot;.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eOpening is quite promising, as beautiful April is a cat burglar imitating Catherine Zeta-Jones in the camp classic (w/Sean Connery) u0026quot;Entrapmentu0026quot;, replete with dry-ice fumes to illuminate the laser-beams that guard a safe and which April has to quite athletically twist her body to avoid crossing through.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eBut this heist opening is never explained or resolved in an absurd non-story of Alec Metro as some mastermind manipulating lovely blonde import Linda Thoren (misspelled Thorn in the end credits). Is this some sort of sci-fi? Is this dreams manipulation? Nic never lets the viewer know whatu0026#39;s going on -just providing some pretty pictures and hot sex, the usual cop-out in sub-grade XXX.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eAt times when Thorn is wandering around what appears to be a European metropolis the show resembles mainstream movie, and suggested to me u0026quot;found footageu0026quot;, namely some real film or project that had been re-jiggered as American porn. But even on that level it is more tiring than interesting to try and follow whatu0026#39;s transpiring. And at the end Nic does his pretentious thing of providing as many credits as in a mainstream block-buster, or at least as many as in the olden days before we had to sit through literally thousands of times ranging from carpenters and drivers and stunt folk all the way through innumerable special effects functionaries. u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eEven the title is a mess: listed as both Pure Sin (in honor of the distributor) and Pure Sinner, latter fitting more with the dialog as Alec at one point threatens to turn poor Linda into a pure sinner.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eBesides April, we get to see a pre-boob-enhancement Bridgette Kerkove provide gonzo content in an interracial d.p. scene (she gets the ignominious screen credit as portraying u0026quot;Teen Slutu0026quot;) while another blonde beauty in Nicu0026#39;s stable named Kristin portrays u0026quot;Club Slutu0026quot;. I sense a pattern here.”


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