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  • Actors: Eric Balfour, Scottie Thompson, David Zayas, Donald Faison
  • Directors: Colin Strause
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Subtitles: English, Arabic
  • 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: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004CR4X2I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,142 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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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

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2.9 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By STEVENSEAGALFAN TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 Jan. 2015
Format: Blu-ray
*** SPOILER ALERT*** Very good film but for me it should of ended ten minutes earlier, why do they do that? I know they have to have some excuse for a sequel but the ending was abysmal. The film is set in Los Angles when some weird things start falling out of the sky in the dead of night, people are attracted by the light shining through their windows, which then takes over them, then they are taken up to the sky, this is the start of a alien invasion.

There is a great scene when the army fight back by sending nuclear drones to attack the alien mother ship which is huge and looks brilliant, and there is some great action when the aliens hunt down the remaining survivors. I was really enjoying the film right up to the point when the two main characters were take up to the ship, it should of ended there with the shots of the invasion from the rest of the world being taken over, but no they had to push it a little bit further with a crap ending, when will they learn? to tell you the truth, when I watch this film again I will turn it off at that point.

***FEATURES BELOW***

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arun on 1 July 2014
Format: Blu-ray
When we think about sci-fi films we always think of big budget end of the world blockbusters that have lots of shooting, explosions, involve the US military in some way or another and of course, a big fat happy ending where we beat the aliens and crack open some cold beers to celebrate rescuing the world once again.

But honestly - why aren't we tired of that already? Skyline is a unique film in that it has ALL of the aforementioned elements, save the last. However, all these elements do not actually turn the tables in our favor. Skyline is a film which predominantly takes place around a small group of everyday people trying to escape a high rise building when the alien invasion happens. None of them is a soldier, none of them has any sort of actual plan or plot armor to get the ball rolling. In a way, this approach draws us in to the movie and makes us feel like we're part of this group. We feel helpless, also not knowing what to do except survive...somehow. Stay in the building and wait it out or try and make a run for it? We are drawn into the characters' decisions and as all hell breaks loose both at the bottom of, and on top of the building, we begin to realize this just cannot end well. And thats what Skyline is all about - it takes a sobre, realistic approach to a "what if it actually - I mean actually happened" scenario rather than your typical Hollywood formula, and thats what makes this movie unique. The last five minutes are arguably the most unique and the most bone chilling of all science fiction films made so far, so it is definitely worth a look.

That being said, the special effects themselves are also stunning and translate well onto 1080p blu-ray.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Thompson on 12 Oct. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Having read the reviews on amazon.co.uk and listened to some of the critics in the media, I expected this film to be either a complete turkey like the Phanton Menace, or overly corney like Independance Day, or clithe'd and irriting like Battlefield Los Angeles. Rather suprisingly, what I actually witnessed when watching Skyline was a low-budget sci-fi movie that actually works. The special effects are decent, the acting is acceptable, the story is fine for the genre and the film has a nice blend of action, horror and sci-fi.

Usually, when a film has been trashed as much as this has, you tend to lower your expectations ..... and then a close-to-average film like this is all the more enjoyable. I would urge anyone (who is a fan of horror, action, sci-fi) to read the negative reviews and then to watch the movie itself to make up your own mind. I bet most of those that do will be pleasantly suprised.

Myself, I dont like films that are too corney or cheasey .... but by the standards set by the genre - this is decent and certainly an improvement on previous rubbish such as Independance Day or Battlefield Los Angeles.

In short make up your own mind.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By G. H. Button on 22 Mar. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
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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