What You Need To Know:
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.
(PaPa, B, Ho, LLL, VVV, S, N, AA, D, M) Strong mixed pagan worldview with some light moral elements of survival against evil alien invaders and trying to protect a pregnant woman, but God is only a means for profanity – even in a crisis, plus a crude reference to implied homosexual sex in one scene; 19 obscenities, one GD and eight or nine light profanities such as Oh my God, plus pregnant woman vomits and man urinates; very strong, abundant violence with some strong PG-13 blood and gore featuring alien creatures deforming human faces, aliens suck humans into their “mouth,” aliens behead humans and suck their brains out, shootouts, dogfights between fighter jets and alien ships, fights, man’s leg injured by alien attack, alien infected people attack other people, explosions, soldiers fire bazookas and rifles at alien invaders, and human brains put into newborn aliens; discussion of a major character being pregnant out of wedlock (indicating fornication), another scene of implied fornication, implied homosexual sex, cheating, implied promiscuity, and flirting; upper male nudity, partial rear nudity, woman in her underwear, woman in a towel emerges from a shower, and women in bikinis near pool; movie opens with a party where several people get so drunk they wind up asleep on the floor; smoking; and, cheating and implied reincarnation with a human’s brain providing direction to an alien.
SKYLINE is a horrorshow version of INDEPENDENCE DAY. Los Angeles is attacked by nasty human-harvesting aliens and audiences are attacked with language, violence, blood, and gore for no better reason than to get the viewer’s adrenaline flowing.
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.