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Skyline

Released

Latest Home Video

Mar 22, 2011

MPAA Rating:

PG-13


Run Time:

93

Director

Colin Strause

Greg Strause

Cast

Eric Balfour

Donald Faison

Scottie Thompson

Studio

2010 Universal Studios

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Still shot from the movie: Skyline.

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OverallC-
ViolenceC-
SexC
LanguageD+
Drugs/AlcoholC
Run Time93

Making the Grades

It isn’t likely that the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau will be showcasing Skyline in their tourism packages, especially after one character in the movie mutters a derisive comment about the town. Aliens, however, seem to feel differently about the City of Angels. For them, it is a destination hotspot for hostile takeovers and human annihilation.

As this movie begins, Jarrod (Eric Balfour) and his girlfriend Elaine (Scottie Thompson) touch down in L.A. just in time to attend the decadent birthday bash of his longtime friend Terry (Donald Falson). But after a night of wild drinking and spying on the sexual activities of the neighbors with a high-powered telescope, the partygoers are sprawled around the penthouse in a stupor when an eerie beam pierces the night sky and awakens them.

Looking out the window, the group discovers alien ships descending from the sky, emitting a blue ray that seizes the attention of human beings, causing their eyes to glass over and spidery blood veins to spread across their faces and limbs. When the people are sufficiently entranced, they are sucked inside the spacecraft.

Within hours of their arrival, the extraterrestrials also send out probes that go door-to-door hunting down people and consuming them on the spot. Luckily for the main characters, these probes, that can reattach their own severed limbs, lack the capacity to detect a person hiding only a few feet away from them on the other side of a kitchen cupboard. (Whew!)

All military efforts to stop the space intruders are pointless, considering that it takes only four or five of the aliens’ massive ships to overshadow the entire community. Still despite the herculean odds, troops and fighter planes (that look like gnats in comparison) are deployed, mostly to give the space invaders more fodder to chomp on.

Meanwhile, Jarrod, Elaine, Terry, his lover Candice (Brittany Daniel) and his assistant Denise (Crystal Reed) try to outwit the probes, dashing madly in and out of the apartment building. Later some of them run around the rooftop of the building wildly swinging an ax and bashing a creature over the head with a cinderblock. Of course with a cast this size, it is a sure thing that not all of them will make it. And the most (and maybe only) fun in this cheesy plot comes from guessing who will go first.

The reason for the invasion isn’t revealed until the final moments and even then it is a stretch. The ending, clearly designed to give filmmakers plenty of wiggle room for a sequel, is also abruptly short and senseless. Without giving the audience characters they can care about or even a sense of real foreboding, Skyline is little more than a disappointing 90-minute attack on the human senses.

Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Skyline.

Why is it important for a director to create characters that the audience cares about? Why do viewers need to become emotionally involved in a story?

Is there ever a sense of real fight when one opponent is significantly larger or more powerful than the other? Does this script offer any hope that the humans will succeed in overcoming the aliens?

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Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
14A Violence.
AB 14A Violence.
MB 14A Not Recommended For Children.
ON 14A Violence.
QC 13+ horror
NB
NS
NL
PE
14A

Canadian Home Video Rating: 14A

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Details on home video releases of Skyline...

Skyline releases to DVD and Blu-ray on March 22, 2011, with the following bonus extras:

- Commentary by directors Greg and Colin Strause

- Commentary with co-writer/producer Liam O’Donnell and co-writer Joshua Cordes

- Deleted, Extended, and Alternate Scenes

- Pre-viz clips

- Trailers

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AK says: Nov. 15, 2010

AVOID THIS MOVIE!! Especially DO NOT bring children to it! Aside from the extremely over-sexualized and over-drugged first half of this badly written story, the special effects, though well-done, are quite disgusting and frightening for little minds.

Now, I love aliens-attacking-earth movies, but I am sorry I took my family to see this one!

The characters are all high-living low-lifes and it’s hard to empathize or care about them. The location never leaves the apartment building, so while you are anxiously awaiting the surviving characters to make an escape, be chased by the aliens, and make a brave stand to defeat them, suddenly the movie is over and you’re left asking, “That’s it??”

Go rent “Independence Day” for a much better, and much more upbeat, plot?with characters you can actually care about!

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