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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 (97 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Eric Balfour, Scottie Thompson, David Zayas, Donald Faison
  • Directors: Colin Strause
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • 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 (97 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004CR4X2I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,803 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

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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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9 of 10 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still good! 23 April 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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 viewing without becoming boring. The ending is a bit of a "what?" moment and is a lot different than other alien invasion movies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay to watch but once only 29 Nov 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly 'quite good'/ 26 Jun 2013
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 a stiffy over since I heard about the sequel...perhaps expectations were too high for that. If you have a decent surround sound system then you will really enjoy the soundstage on this film, it was so rich and immersing...not just loud explosions like Transformers etc.

The plot was interesting and I didn't get bored. I'm buying it used now as I would like to watch it again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I thought it was ok... 9 Oct 2012
The best sci fi is read not watched, but that aside this film is neither great nor terrible but somewhere in between. You can tell that the vast majority of the budget was spent on the special effects rather than the actors and plot but that aside is probably more (and i use this term guardedly) accurate in its portrayal of the consequences of an encounter with an advanced extra terrestrial species. Human history shows that when a more advanced culture encounters a lesser one the lesser one is inevitably eradicated. This is basically what happens in this film. Alien species arrive, hypnotize humans, take them away to use the brains to propagate their biological entities. It seems they need our brains to operate their biological machines after a slight reprogramming. Most of the film takes place in an apartment block as leaving proves to be impossible and ultimately fatal. Eventually the main protagonists are captured and processed but with a slight twist at the end.

At the end of the day its only a few quid now so you can make up your own mind and not feel too bad if you don't like it.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great blu ray
Published 1 day ago by joan m deacon
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish
It's rubbish... a bit childish....boring
Published 1 day ago by Jay
4.0 out of 5 stars Great product, for a even better price
Great product,for a even better price.
Published 8 days ago by mr PJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Bought this as a Christmas present for my brother in law.
Published 1 month ago by JD
3.0 out of 5 stars Skyline
Skyline was rather drawn out and not what I expected but value for money as it was cheaper than a night at the cinema.
Published 2 months ago by Denise Kirkham
2.0 out of 5 stars It is a different kind of film
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... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Griesmayer
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 9 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 9 months ago by Master Z. J. Fowler
1.0 out of 5 stars Why was this movie made?
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!!
Published 10 months ago by ar_user
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 18 months ago by Steve
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