Starring: Eric Balfour, Scottie
Thompson, Brittany Daniel,
Crystal Reed, Neil Hopkins
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 92 minutes
Distributor: Universal Pictures/General
Director: Collin Strause, Greg Strause
Executive Producer: Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Ryan
Kavanaugh, Brett Ratner,
Producer: Kristian James Andresen, The
Writer: Joshua Cordes, Liam
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The movie opens with inebriated partiers in a Los Angeles penthouse awakened by a 4:30 a.m. alien invasion. It then backs up a few hours to give a little introduction to the celebrity and his friends that are about to be attacked, and sometimes mutilated, by aliens. It’s up to the humans to save the inhabitants of planet Earth.
In movies like INDEPENDENCE DAY, you get to root for “the good guys” to find a way to repulse the invasion. In this movie, the main characters are virtually defenseless observers of a human harvest. While the special effects are very impressive, the story is uninspired and the dialogue more fitting for a B movie.
Extreme caution should be exercised with SKYLINE. While it looks like a sci-fi thriller, it is actually a violent horror movie with scenes alien creatures deforming human faces, sucking humans into their “mouth,” beheading humans and sucking their brains out. There is also some drunkenness and other negative content.
While this movie was reportedly made on a small budget, the special effects are better than INDEPENDENCE DAY (released 14 years ago). The cost of computer graphics (CGI) has dropped while the capability of CGI has improved. Sadly, the result is a marked increase in visual horror. It just gets easier and easier to bring violent, bloody, gruesome nightmares to the big screen.
What SKYLINE fails to bring to the screen is a realistic reaction of Americans to being attacked. When terrorists struck New York and Washington, Americans turned to God. Prayer is a more common reaction than profanity. SKYLINE’s only mention of God was a person’s remark that thousands bodies being sucked into the air look like “the GD rapture.” Most of the extreme violence in the movie is aliens doing horrible things to people.
While some special effects are impressive, SKYLINE’s story is uninspired, with dialogue more fitting for a B movie. Extreme caution is warranted for SKYLINE. It appears to be a sci-fi thriller, but it is actually a violent horror movie with scenes of aliens deforming human faces, sucking humans into their “mouth,” and beheading people and sucking out their brains out. There is also drunkenness and other negative content. What SKYLINE fails to bring to the screen is a realistic reaction of Americans to being attacked. When terrorists struck on 9/11, Americans turned to God. Prayer is a more common reaction than profanity.