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Skyline [Blu-ray]

Eric Balfour , Donald Faison , Colin Strause , Greg Strause    Blu-ray
2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Skylack Feb. 24 2014
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Not that good May 30 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The only reason I got this movie is because the aliens look cool that's it. The whole movie your basically following around some random civilians, that you do not really care if they die, and you never really get to find out what is really going on in the invasion.
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By bernie TOP 50 REVIEWER
Terry (Donald Faison) sees the light after a night of debauchery. Or does the light see him? In any case he's consumed with aliens. This is a real brain teaser. The noisy music is what probably drew aliens with better taste.

I have never seen a more pitiful excuse for a movie. It's the standard invasion movie you know like "War of the Worlds" without the pathos. Even Stephen King would barf. As you know even a Stephen King formula is to keep it almost believable, not inconceivable. A better duffus film like this would be "Independence Day" (1996) with a better actor Bill Pullman.

I suggest you do not waste your time with this ridicules thing and if you must watch something that has aliens walking the streets and peaking in windows watch Target Earth (1954).

Target Earth ~ Richard Denning

Over Sexed Rugsuckers from Mars
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4.0 out of 5 stars Settle down everyone Jan. 8 2013
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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By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As advertised
Published 1 month ago by steven sayers
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Good effects but lame writing
Published 3 months ago by Ross Gaskin
1.0 out of 5 stars poor and badly excecuted
this is actually the worst movie I saw in my life, and i'm not joking I ended up fast forwarding the movie because in my opinion if I don't watch it to the end I can't say it's... Read more
Published on Jan. 19 2012 by C. Domoraud
1.0 out of 5 stars Stupid, stupid, STUPID.
Why does this movie suck so bad? It feels like a test for a special effects company that had a few scenes designed around it/them. The plot as it stands. Read more
Published on Jan. 12 2012 by Michael
1.0 out of 5 stars Pass the Pepto Bismol
Wow! Incredibly bad movie. Thank gawd I only paid a fiver for it. Yuck! Ick! Blah! That should make the 20 word minimum....
Published on Dec 15 2011 by Cap
1.0 out of 5 stars Skyline
This is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. Just junk from start to end. I want my money back. It is now an embarrassing part of my Blu-ray collection. Read more
Published on Aug. 21 2011 by Brucetifer
3.0 out of 5 stars Better sci-fi around
It was certainly not the kind of movie that I thought it would be. Yep, I bought it based on the cover. Read more
Published on June 19 2011 by Mr. Lawrence E. Jenkins
1.0 out of 5 stars YAWN!!!
Save yourself the time and watch the trailer for this movie. That's the best part. You'll be able to walk away happy. Read more
Published on May 14 2011 by **
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