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Skyline [Blu-ray] (Get Three Selected Blu-ray Titles for £17*)

Eric Balfour , Scottie Thompson , Colin Strause    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Eric Balfour, Scottie Thompson, David Zayas, Donald Faison
  • Directors: Colin Strause
  • Format: Digital Sound
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Mar 2011
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004CR4X2I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,756 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Skyline, an effects-laden thriller from directors Colin and Greg Strause, wears its various influences--films like Alien, District 9, Independence Day, and War of the Worlds--on its sleeve, but even if it doesn't measure up to those predecessors, the film offers enough thrills and action to keep sci-fi fans interested. The Brothers Strause, as they call themselves, have done visual-effects work on blockbusters like Avatar, Titanic, and 300, and the effects are by far the best part of this tale (scripted by Joshua Cordes and Liam O'Donnell) about an armada of giant spaceships that suddenly appear in the skies over Los Angeles and immediately set about their business--namely, shooting down immense blue columns of light that hoover every human in sight up into the ships, where aliens will do nasty things to them. Observing this horror from a posh Marina Del Rey penthouse are a group of gorgeous, strikingly solipsistic young people in skimpy clothes, including Jarrod and Elaine (Eric Balfour and Scottie Thompson), a couple visiting from New York. A few action sequences find them trying to escape (bad idea, as the mother ships disgorge an endless supply of smaller, tentacled craft and troops of gross, city-stomping monsters to seek and destroy any luckless fool they encounter). But for the most part they huddle inside, watching the action, screaming hysterically, and uttering dialogue that's either cliché ridden ("What are those things?" "Does it even matter?!") or merely inane (mid-attack, Elaine, who's just learned that she's pregnant, complains when someone lights up a cigarette; you'd think she'd have more pressing concerns). And therein lies the problem, as some cool images and jolting moments are mitigated by Skyline's lame script and below-average acting. --Sam Graham

Product Description

The residents of Los Angeles are awakened in the dead of 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 thin air. As the world unravels around them, our band of survivors soon discover they must fight for their lives against the onslaught of a mysterious alien horde. Who or what are these extraterrestrials and how long before mankind succumbs to their overwhelming power? Skyline is a high velocity special effects bonanza in the tradition of Cloverfield and 2012.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not that bad as people moan about 27 Mar 2011
This film is completely different from indepance day etc. It's a new take on alien invasion movies and I do rather like it. It's not amazing but is noway a diabolical film which some people are making out to be. The only downer is indeed the ending however. Not that great. If the ending was much better this would be 4 stars
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly entertaining tripe. 22 Mar 2011
This is one of those films that is incredibly difficult to rate. As you will be aware, and having been made abundantly clear from other reviews; the script in this film is terrible. There is no denying that fact, but going into this film with that knowledge increases the entertainment to no end.

This is a film that that is greater than the sum of its parts in my opinion. A bad script, and by extension bad acting actually do little to harm it. In fact the worst (though still enjoyable) parts of this film are the most derivative scenes, of which there are plenty. War of the Worlds and Independence Day are probably the most plagiarised, but any sci-fi afficianado will spot plenty of stolen scenes.

I suppose what really redeemed this film was the action scenes, as well as the most engaging alien threat committed to film since the aforementioned War of the Worlds remake. Make no mistake, the aliens are not as threatening or original as can be found elsewhere, but they do have a sense of overwhelming doom that most end of the world films really fail to convey.

In the end, the relatively small budget is evident in the acting and not the action, and in reaching for the sky and coming up short this ambitious film is destined to garner bad reviews and a lot of hate, but will be considered a flawed gem by a cult following. And rightly so, as with the right mindset this is an enjoyable action flick that is easy on the brain (Unless you happen to star in the film. Watch it, you'll see what I mean).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why was this movie made? 10 Nov 2013
By ar_user
Bad script, lots of logical holes, bad acting (except the guy from Dexter). Why cannot Hollywood make an intelligent Sci-Fi anymore? Avoid at all costs!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay to watch but once only 29 Nov 2012
By Adamson
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Okay to watch but do not expect a high level of entertainment. Special effects are reasonable but actors are unimpressive.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting movie...!!!! 24 Mar 2011
I had hardly heard anything prior to purchasing this movie...!!
I knew it had been in the cinema and the critics slammed this movie...

BUT it was a much better movie than I thought...thought it was a mix of Independence Day meets War of the Worlds...Doom meets Resident evil...!!!!

The acting was not bad...the special effects are great...!!!..and the general story I found interesting...
...yes there are a few questions left answered but thats why you use your imagination...

...will there be a sequel...!?!

...if you like Sci-Fi movies...and dont need the whole story handed to you on a will enjoy this movie...!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good 12 Jan 2011
Like many others I had heard bad reviews of this movie prior to seeing it myself. Well all I can say is that I'm glad I took the time to give it a go!

Personally I thought it had a different angle from most of the other alien movies that have been released over the last few years. Fantastic SFX and very convincing aliens (not your usual stereotypical ones you become familiar with). The cliff hanger ending which I never saw coming left me waiting for more which will come in the pending sequel which is already being written. Really looking forward to this and in the meantime will make the effort to purchase the first film on blu-ray to enjoy in even better detail.

Ok so the acting was not the best but this was done on a very small budget and you can't expect miracles. Also I thought the movie could have done with another half hour as the ending seemed slightly rushed. It's not often that I want a movie to be longer but in this case I would have sat through so much more of the action and thrills this movie provided.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A review by a 'real' Science Fiction fan 3 May 2011
By Fiasco
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I suspect many of the bad reviews for this film are from 'part-time' sci-fi fans.

Firstly, this film kept me entertained all the way through; at no point did i look at my watch or stare repeatedly away from the screen. Most times i know roughly what to expect from a film; in this instance i didn't assume something along the lines of Citizen Kane or some braindead romcom - what i got was a good honest alien invasion film with a little bit of innovation, a few surprises and some cliches, acting which will never win any oscars, some very good action sequences, and decent special effects, considering the budget. I never over analyse a film when i'm watching it (as some filmgoers do), this spoils my entertainment, which to be honest is what we all want, isn't it, to be entertained?

As for the Blu-Ray presentation itself - picture quality is good, the sound (DTS HD-A/Master) is first rate.

A great addition to my film collection.
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70 of 93 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter garbage 19 Jan 2011
This review will probably get a "0 of 100 people found this review helpful" rating but I just gotta get this off my chest. Skyline, which I saw at the cinema, is utterly, soul-crushingly, bewilderingly bad. It is pure and absolute in its awfulness. There is nothing I can recommend about it, nothing, not even one solitary scene or magic moment that makes it worth just checking out. It lacks the charm of those B-movies which are "so bad they're good". The CGI scenes are big, bold and ambitious but equally soulless and devoid of any humanity whatsoever, and the (ahem) "character" scenes are just cheap and pointless in the grand scheme of the movie. Avoid this like you would avoid being run over by a train. Except that being run over by a train is probably far more fun than Skyline.
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5.0 out of 5 stars skyline
I'm a sci-fi fan and this is one of my favourite films. The plot is pretty good, characters decent enough, Eric Balfour I like, a bit of a different leading man. Read more
Published 4 months ago by FudgeyJ
4.0 out of 5 stars An honest review from a massive Sci-Fi Buff!
Before I start the review I just want to say I am a massive Sci-Fi Buff, Its my favourite Genre and I have pretty much watched every alien orientated movie there is from Classics... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Master Z. J. Fowler
3.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly 'quite good'/
While not a classic, for a sci-fi fan it was an enjoyable watch. I rented this at the same time as Tron Legacy and I was surprised that I enjoyed this more than Tron which ive had... Read more
Published 9 months ago by P. shepherd
4.0 out of 5 stars Still good!
I've watched this film quite a few times on various different formats and this bluray is the best. The film itself is actually very entertaining and easily weathers more than one... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. J. R. Davidson
2.0 out of 5 stars Ending?
What ending? its left wide open for a second film but doesnt deserve one, bad script!

This film could have been great if they actually thought out a decent plot but... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Steve
2.0 out of 5 stars Ouch.
Quite funny, but unintentionally so! Worth a watch if you've got some friends around - massively flawed but kind of fun.
Published 16 months ago by Mr. Samuel Clements
3.0 out of 5 stars OK Films
I would give both Battle: Los Angeles and Skyline Blu Rays a 7 out of 10.
Battle Los Angeles had a much higher budget but still enjoyed Skyline to. Read more
Published 17 months ago by D. Fortune
3.0 out of 5 stars I thought it was ok...
The best sci fi is read not watched, but that aside this film is neither great nor terrible but somewhere in between. Read more
Published 18 months ago by S. Krijnen
4.0 out of 5 stars ive this blue ray version.
this film is very good. special effects are wicked. i promise you. u will enjoy it. 209p for blue ray. thats cheap.
Published 20 months ago by tango
1.0 out of 5 stars SPOILER ALERT
A bunch of people you care absolutely nothing for are caught up in the middle of an alien invasion.
These people slowly get whittled down to just 2. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Chris Morse
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