Skydog {Lifestone Velocity} (Movie Review)

Skydog - Crystal Creek Media Crystal Creek Media

Plot Summary

Josh never knew that his father was killed in the line of duty as a CIA agent nor that his mom and her boyfriend are also CIA agents. However, these secrets are revealed to Josh, along with his real name, Colt Lifestone, when his mother goes missing in action. The CIA is trying to track down biochemical weapons that a rogue terrorist group has seized with the help of a corrupt CIA agent. Thankfully, however, the CIA is in need of a few willing teenagers to help them find the turncoat before the bio weapon is released on the whole city!

Production Quality (.5 point)

In 2020, Crystal Creek Media still hasn’t improved their production quality. Skydog (formerly known as Lifestone Velocity), sports weird video quality and poor lighting in some scenes. In keeping with previous trends from this production team, the audio of this film is all over the map, including a generic soundtrack that sometimes cover up other sounds, background noises that distract the viewers, ridiculous sound effects that are added on top of the video, and overdubbing that’s extremely obvious. Elsewhere, special effects are horrible, and camera work is wild. Sets, locations, and props are cheap and limited; all of the aforementioned production elements don’t adequately portray what they’re supposed to represent. To cap things off, the editing is terrible…some scenes prematurely cut off with no warning while others drag on for no reason. In the end, despite some slightly improvement as the movie goes on, this section is just another failed effort from this team.

Plot and Storyline Quality (0 points)

During the screenplay’s opening twenty minutes, so many things happen that the audience becomes very lost on what the narrative is actually about. The plot needs to pick a lane and stay in it as it’s trying to do tons of things at once, such as vague government agency stuff that’s hard to follow and is likely not very accurate to real life. With many characters to keep up with, it’s hard to relate to any of them, especially since some of them do odd things without legitimate reasons. Bland and vanilla dialogue depersonalizes them, and a convenient lack of communication between some characters allow certain things to occur that wouldn’t otherwise. On this note, the story often decides what needs to happen and forces it to take place without logical reasons. Lacking focus or purpose whatsoever, Skydog is full of the most ridiculous action scenes and outcomes, including outrageous things that the extremely cheesy villains get away with in broad daylight. Also, it’s unclear why the CIA would ever trust teenagers with government secrets, which demonstrates a lack of understanding of how things actually work in the real world. Therefore, due to many unforced errors and absurd elements, no points can be awarded in this category.

Acting Quality (1 point)

Like other acting performances from this team, many of the cast members in Skydog are trying too hard. This produces robotic and cardboard emotions as well as stiff and stilted line delivery. A lot of the scenes seem overly practiced with certain performances coming off as really strange. However, despite poor injury acting, this section isn’t all bad. There are some acceptable elements, but they aren’t enough to save this film from itself.

Conclusion

Much like previously unsuccessful offerings from this company (Creed of Gold, Unexpected Places, Courageous Love, The King’s Messengers, A Horse Called Bear), Skydog is just more of the same from Crystal Creek. They’ve never significantly improved throughout their tenure in Christian entertainment, which is unacceptable from a group that consistently puts out content. At this point, it’s unfortunately unclear where this team is headed, but we don’t have high hopes for their future.

Final Rating: 1.5 out of 10 points

One thought on “Skydog {Lifestone Velocity} (Movie Review)

  1. All films are designed with a plan and a purpose. When you watch a movie, try to think about why it was made. To make money? Sure. But any real film does more than that. It will have a target audience and a goal. Apparently, you are not part of the target audience, or don’t have or know kids in that age group, or just did not understand the goal. This is an ideal film for pre-teens, or tweens. The important part for that audience is excitement and having a plot that they can identify with, hopefully something important, or that they want to be able to identify with in just a few years. Did you not catch the emphasis on every day heroes? For that audience, this is basically a home run. They don’t care about production quality (which IMHO is not anywhere near as bad as you rate it) or even plot continuity, just that they can imagine themselves in the situations shown. Actually, I thought the interleafing of scenes was quite good. Nor can a film of this type spend much time on development; the attention span of a tween isn’t long. For all the Hollywood hype, no one over the age of 9 can honestly imagine themselves as Captain America, or Iron Man. Those are more akin to fairy tales. But they can imagine school situations, or even having to sneak around looking for clues, trying to attract a girl, or even piloting a small plane. By the same token, a storyline that may be outlandish and not fully cohesive to BOfficeREolutionary (BORE for short) is absolutely fine for this age group. If we start picking on plots that are outlandish or cohesiveness as test for films, then almost every blockbuster out there fails! I do real science for a living, and there are almost ZERO blockbusters that have plots that are real to me. However, I realize that I’m not the audience they are catering to. Sure, that audience, like BORE, is a bit older and wiser than a tween, but from where I sit those plots are just plain silly. The goal for this movie was not to knock people out with special effects like those films, but to give kids a good time with a safe theme and show that good guys can win, and anyone can be a hero. For that purpose, it works perfectly. If successful, and I hope it is, I hope they even have a chance for a sequel. Young people need heroes that don’t ware capes.

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