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Skyline [Blu-ray]

2.5 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Eric Balfour, Donald Faison, Scottie Thompson, Brittany Daniel, Crystal Reed
  • Directors: Colin Strause, Greg Strause
  • Writers: Joshua Cordes, Liam O'Donnell
  • Producers: Colin Strause, Brett Ratner, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Brian Tyler
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Studio: Alliance Films
  • Release Date: March 22 2011
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B004I1K4LM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,395 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 24 2014
Format: DVD
I have the feeling that the Brothers Strause wanted to create an alien invasion movie that was more realistic, focusing on "ordinary" people.

And that isn't a bad idea. But clearly it takes a lot more talent than those brothers have, because "Skyline" is a frustrating mass of "could have beens" and "if onlys." The actors do good jobs and the special effects are absolutely spectacular, but most of the movie is just a bunch of people hanging around an apartment building, bickering with each other.

Jarrod (Eric Balfour) and his girlfriend Elaine (Scottie Thompson) are visiting his best friend Terry (Donald Faison) in Los Angeles, where they party in Terry's skyscraper apartment building. But the fun is interrupted when Terry offers Jarrod a job that would require moving to L.A., which Elaine is not happy about because she has just found out that she is pregnant.

Then giant blue lights fall from the sky -- followed by alien ships that can mesmerize and abduct people. Along with the building manager Oliver (David Zayas), the little group hides in Terry's apartment, and occasionally makes a doomed effort to escape the building. That... pretty much takes up the entire plot except for the last fifteen minutes.

"Skyline" might have been a great story if it had only been forty minutes, maximum. Instead we get a "middle section" that is so dull that you might end up tearing out your OWN brain -- people bicker, cower in fear, bicker again, try to escape, fail to escape, scuttle back into the apartment, et cetera. Eventually you just want the characters to do ANYTHING other than scuttle around the apartment building like beetles.

And yes, it is painfully boring.
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Format: Blu-ray
Wow, this movie is taking a beating. I rather enjoyed it, but I seem to be in the vast minority here.

There will be some spoilers here, but really, the upshot of my review is that it's a 90% bog standard alien invasion B-movie.

First, the premise. Aliens invade earth, proceed to beam up people into their ships to suck out their brains and "life force". I should note, that this is absolutely no different or more cheesy than other alien B-movies, so picking Skyline apart based on that is unfair. It's not pretending to be a high brow intellectual production.

Here is also revealed the best part of the movie, which sets it apart from virtually every other alien movie, is that we know NOTHING about these aliens. No scientist figures out their language, or hacks into their mothership, or divines their intentions, or finds a trivial way to defeat them through some silly built-in weakness. There is NOTHING. They're just super-technologically advanced beings against whom humanity stands no chance. None. They come in and annihilate everything at will, not a question of how much, but how quickly.

Second, the effects. Most of the movie is special effects. As far as sets and practical effects, the budget was simply too small. Just some dude's apartment and a blue screen. But, the aliens look very cool. As always with special effects, the question is how well they will age. Sure, they look great today, but chances are they will be cheesy by the next decade, if not sooner.

The entertainment value in Skyline comes from the look and atmosphere, and the vision of the aliens themselves. We don't know who they are. They're not interested in negotiations. We don't know how they view us; do we matter, or are we just ants? What are their values?
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It was certainly not the kind of movie that I thought it would be. Yep, I bought it based on the cover. I am afraid to say that the cover was more entertaining to look at than the movie.

Basically the story is about aliens coming down and scooping up all the people. They focus on group of people that didn't get sucked into the mother ship on the first wave. After that they showed them hide and escape from the aliens. That didn't make the plot exciting. It was kinda cool though when the army came in though.

And what was up with the ending? It appears that the aliens wanted the people for their souls. It shows it as computerized brains floating around, not like a real gory brain. Most aliens already have a soul, they just need a body. This movie was the other way around. Strange...

If you do end up getting/watching this movie, it's not the worse thing you can do in your life. Even better if you don't spend any money on it.
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Skyline(released Nov/10)is a so so Sci Fi thriller,minus the thrills and chills.In an industry which has seen an amazing rise in the phenom of directing/producing brothers,comes this one directed by the Brothers Strause.Known mostly for their music video works and their first directed disappointment Alien Vs Predator:Requiem,the Strause Brothers make the same mistake here as in the AVP movie;their inability to gain little to no empathy from the audience for their characters/and or situations.If the audience has no stake in it then the film will fail to deliver no matter what.
The plot involves a couple of friends who come together;one Jarrod and Elaine from New York go to L.A. to visit friend Terry and his fiance Candice.Elaine gets sick twice during travel which of course seems to indicate she may be pregnant,which is later confirmed at Terry's apartment.Terry throws a party for the arriving couple and at about 4:30am the morning after a strange but very bright light source and sound emanating from outside their high rise building,slowly wakes them all.One of the first to peep out from behind the blinds to see what is going on starts to turn;first the eyes a milky white,then the skin becomes veined and blackened.In a short time he gets sucked out of the apartment.Jarrod comes in to find the mans girlfriend crying and he stares at the light and also starts to turn,while walking towards the balcony.Just in the nick of time his friend Terry intervenes and saves him.
When they step back for a moment they realize that there are groups of strange lights throughout L.A.,and it is a city under siege from some unknown force.After a while the lights ascend into the sky and all seems to be peaceful until there are noises heard and dust clouds seen.Something was left behind.
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