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Skyline

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4.51 h 28 min2010X-Ray15
After a late night party, a group of friends are awoken in the dead of the night by an eerie light beaming through the window. Like moths to a flame, the light source is drawing people outside before they suddenly vanish into the air. They soon discover an otherworldly force is swallowing the entire human population off the face of the earth.
Directors
Greg StrauseColin Strause
Starring
Scottie ThompsonDonald FaisonEric Balfour
Genres
SuspenseScience FictionAction
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Audio Languages
English
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Supporting actors
David ZayasBrittany DanielCrystal ReedNeil HopkinsJ. Paul BoehmerTanya NewbouldPam Levin
Studio
Momentum Pictures
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4.3 out of 5 stars

988 global ratings

  1. 62% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 17% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 13% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 4% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 5% of reviews have 1 stars
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Neil Dennis PriceReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 August 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
I don't understand why this movie gets so much hate
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Yeah this movie isn't going to win any awards, but it is a decent psychological sci-fi flick.
A lot of people has said that this movie is boring, if you are expecting an action sci-fi, I can understand this as I believe it was marketed as one when it came out.
What it is though is a character study piece that focus' on a group of people during an alien attack, like The Walking Dead was originally a character piece on a group of people during a Zombie Apocalypse.
I do have to admit that this movie would have done far better as a pilot to a big budget sci-fi TV show than a mid budget B-Movie.
I haven't as yet watched the sequel that carries on the story from this one, Beyond Skyline and I have been told that it is pretty good, but much lower in budget than this one.
5 people found this helpful
AlbatrossReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 November 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
Did I watch the same film?
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I’m just about to publish this review online and, before I give it an average rating, I can’t help but notice how many ‘1 star’ ratings it’s got. I remember when ‘Skyline’ was released it being critically panned. I waited a while to see it on DVD and, when I did, I was pleasantly surprised.

It’s about a load of alien spaceships that rock up over Earth one day (yes, let’s skip why no radar system actually detected their approach) and starts abducting the world’s population en masse. Now, this is bad news for the average man on the street and even worse news if you’re residing in a Los Angeles skyscraper, for this is where our plucky group of heroes is going to make their last stand.

Okay, so they can hardly fight off a seemingly infinite number of spaceships, but they can possibly survive the destruction of mankind there. It’s kind of a ‘siege movie’ where they play cat and mouse with one alien incursion after the next. And it’s not that bad – well, not unless ask anyone apart from me apparently.

Most people agree that the special effects are pretty impressive and the destruction is well done. I guess most people get annoyed by the characters. They do tend to do one very silly thing after the next and there are a couple of bits in the movie (no spoilers here) that don’t really make that much sense if you think too hard about them.

What you have here is a movie that feels like a particularly high-budget made-for-TV movie. If you think of it like that then you may just get something out of it. Perhaps the reason I like it is because I was aware of the general hatred of if before I sat down to watch it, therefore my expectations were suitably lowered.

My girlfriend described it as ‘Jurassic Park with aliens’ – okay, there are some scenes where I can see where she’s coming from. But I defy anyone to not find the scene with the Stealth bomber exhilarating!

Probably more 3.5 out of 5 stars, but I fear no one will ever speak to me again if I did that!
9 people found this helpful
DeniseReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 February 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Scary Aliens What is There Not to Like????
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Not your typical sci-fi movie, it has a more realistic approach about what might happen if we were invaded by a superior race with advanced weaponry that only the American military could ever dream of owning. I really liked this movie because it was more about the interaction with the humans, the impossible decision to either fight or take cover and wait it out, somewhere safe. What would any person do in those circumstances?? The aliens were terrifying, something we haven't seen before in other sci-fi movies. The alien ships were impressive too. A brilliant movie for anyone who loves a good scary alien movie,. The sequel "Beyond Skyline" is a must see, it rounds off this first movie perfectly. Hope there is another!!
5 people found this helpful
DickiedidoReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 September 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Mint Steelbooks, Watchable Film
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A watchable film and its been on telly numerous times but I bought two of these because they are steelbooks.
Neither one came sealed and were listed as used however, both discs and cases were mint condition. I don't think either had been used or even watched at all.
I've not seen a UK version Skyline steelbook for sale either, these were from Germany or Switzerland, somewhere like that, can't remember.
One person found this helpful
Darth MaciekReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 December 2010
3.0 out of 5 stars
A honest variation on "War of the worlds" theme - but with an über idiotic ending!, 16 Dec 2010
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"Skyline" is very clearly an interpretation of the classical "War of the worlds" novel by H.G. Wells and although it is not nearly as good as the great "War of the worlds" from 1953, it is definitely better than "Independence Day" and more or less as good as Spielberg's "War of the worlds" from 2005. You must however be warned, that the three last minutes are so incredibly stupid, that for some people they will probably spoil the whole movie. My advice is to simply disregard the ending and enjoy the first 90 minutes.

As it is clear from the first seconds of the movie, this is a story about an alien invasion as seen by a group of people in Los Angeles. Immediately in the first minutes it becomes evident that this is a very VERY serious matter. Aliens in this movie clearly did invade some other worlds before, and when doing that they learned the hard way that there is no free lunch and for that reason when targeting Earth they came loaded for bear. The way they proceed has nothing to do with the ridiculous invasion in "Independence Day" - those guys mean business! Their skill and aggressiveness are a very strong point of this movie.

Another good point is that aliens in "Skyline" are not invulnerable and indestructible - a laser guided 2000 lbs bomb, a "Hellfire" anti tank missile, an AT-4 shoulder launched 84 mm antitank rocket and even a 0.50 caliber anti-armor bullet shot by a human sniper, they all do damage when they touch (and when the nukes get involved, they do a LOT of damage). But those aliens are also VERY GOOD at survivability, damage control and quick repairs. They obviously heavily invested in bio-cybernetics and ended by hitting the pay dirt. The result on the screen is very pleasant and I am certain that any SF enthusiast will appreciate it.

The design of alien ships and war machines is EXCELLENT! They all look REALLY alien - do not expect any kind of flying saucers or anything even remotely similar to present day human war machines. If anything, alien machinery looks rather like inspired by H.P. Lovecraft books, or H.R. Giger surrealistic paintings (yes, you are right, he is the guy who designed the creature from "Alien"). And we are finally left very much in doubt how exactly the REAL invaders look - until the very end I couldn't make my mind as to who exactly are the real crews of the spaceships and who are the bio-robots send to fight the war and harvest the resources... that is another strong point of the movie.

As the previous reviewer already noticed there is a little similarity with "Cloverfield" - this movie also shows a group of (very) ordinary people faced suddenly by a cataclysmic life threatening event. The camera perspective of "Cloverfield" was not however used in "Skyline" and I think it is a good thing because in this way we can see more of the invasion and human counteroffensive - and believe me, it is worth watching. It is also a good thing that the cast did not include any major stars, because in this way we absolutely do not know who will make it until the end credits...

The characters however are not very interesting - this is probably the second less satisfying thing in this movie. There is only seven people in the group we follow in "Skyline", with half a dozen of other people making shorter but significant appearances. Terry (Donald Faison) is a successful musician, who lives with his mistress Candice (Brittany Daniel). The night when everything begins, there are also some guests in his appartment: his assistant Denise (Crystal Reed), his collaborator Ray (Neil Hopkins), his best friend Jarrod (Eric Balfour) and Jarrod's girlfriend Elaine (played by Scottie Thompson, who is a VERY attractive young actress). A little later they are joined by the building manager Oliver (David Zayas). With the exception of Elaine, I really couldn't find ANYBODY I could care for - and for some characters I actually secretely hoped they would not make it...

There is one scene in this movie that I count as one of the GREATEST war scenes I ever saw - it includes a swarm of unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAVs), mostly Predators armed with Hellfire missiles but also three Boeing Phantom Ray drones armed with nukes. In the real world those last UCAVs are not yet in service, but they should start flying in 2011. (UPDATE: the Phantom Ray prototype flew for the first time in April 2011). That is an extraordinary battle scene! Another air battle, later in the movie, when the real planes, mostly F-22 Raptors, enter the fight, is quite interesting too.

To conclude, I think that notwithstanding the pale characters, I would be tempted to give four stars to this movie - but the last three minutes are a DEADLY SIN sin which can not be forgiven! For that reason I give it only three stars and I really hope that whoever thought the ending of "Skyline" will spend years in the place in purgatory reserved to the greatest über morons from our little planet...
2 people found this helpful
newbornsnailReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 August 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING
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FIVE STARS This movie is incredible I don’t understand why so many people give it bad reviews. Maybe it’s just me lol but I think best thing to do is to watch it and judge for yourself because it really is worth watching. Amazing CGI and storyline! Psychological/Action thrilller in one. Incredible at the end and it points towards a sequel which to my delight is out. Off to watch Beyond Skyline now!!!! Woohoooo!!!!
2 people found this helpful
K. JefcoateReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 October 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Skyline dvd
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This dvd has been on the Telly a few times I like it lots going on that keeps you interested ,the monsters are great it’s an unusual film for how old it is ,I recommend this sci-fi this is better than the fist one.regards Mrs jefcoate
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Jamie LawrenceReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 July 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good film
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The last two films of the skyline trilogy (beyond skyline and skylines). I really thought the first one was actually quite good, yes okay it might be on a small budget but the special effects and cgi is quite good and really impressive.

I'm giving skyline a 5 star review (which I also done the same for both the 2nd and the 3rd) because imo it's quite a good film and I highly recommend the skyline trilogy to anyone who loves sci-fi.
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