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Skyline [DVD]

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  • Actors: Eric Balfour, Scottie Thompson, David Zayas, Donald Faison
  • Directors: Greg Strause, Colin Strause
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD 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: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004C9MBZ2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,355 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Skyline [DVD]

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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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2.4 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By tallmanbaby TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD
I caught this on tv, and thought that surely it could not be as bad as the rather lacklustre reviews suggested.

It starts off reasonably well, with some half familiar faces from American tv series crashing in a high end high rise being woken by a strange light. Then it jumps back to supply far more tedious back story than anyone ever wanted. The action eventually gets back to where we started at, and we find the protagonists holed up in their flat and starting to bicker.

In fairness there is a fair bit of action, and it is decently shot, with some exciting moments. The real problem is that the doom laden story and un-engaging characters are a complete drag. I have never been more indifferent to the fate of mankind than with this film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Feb. 2014
Format: DVD
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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By GratuitousViolets TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Jun. 2011
Format: DVD
My Thoughts: This movie had alot of potential to be something extraordinary. The trailer brought promise of a movie that was going to take you into something exciting and promising. Instead, the filmmakers took what had already been done, put some better graphics in and continued in the same directions many movies had already gone. This story is absolutely a hybrid between Independence Day and Cloverfield (more of the latter).

I can't deny the graphics were beautiful, but the story lacked substance and I found it hard to care for any of the characters at all. Eric Balfour I'm sorry to say was a very poor leading man and I couldn't feel any emotion or yearn for survival coming from the character at all (which is meant to be the point). Donald Faison was not bad here, but there wasn't enough of him in the story (he should have been the lead) and Brittany Daniel here was completely miscast - she should stick to comedy where she shines.

All in all, I'd avoid this if you've seen Cloverfield, because it's almost the same story without the shaky camera work.

The Story: After a party, five friends awaken in the morning to find that L.A. is under attack. Strange lights are coming from the sky that are enchanting people who look towards it, causing them to vanish. Soon it becomes a fight for survival as they learn that humanity is being snuffed out by the terrifying beings that have come from the ships above.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. T. Clarke [Welsh Dragon} on 21 May 2012
Format: DVD
Well theres been a lot of negative reviews on this film,it put me off a little but still bought it,as I generally like these films and i did enjoy it.Think cloverfield,if you liked that you,ll enjoy this.It starts off with a bunch of people rising after a party in a tower block,being dazzled or frazzled if you like if you get caught in the beam .They have to work thier way out of the building avoiding the alien beams at all cost ,and try and make it to some safe haven.it moves along at a good pace with plenty of action scene,s along the way.exellent special effects too,in all a good watch if a bit predictable,still despite other reviews glad I bought it.
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If you have seen films such as 'Independence Day', 'Cloverfield' or the Spielberg version of 'War of the Worlds' then watching this film 'Skyline' will not offer too many surprises, since it bears many similarities to what occurs in those other movies and it would appear to imitate the overall plots in them as well as specific action scenes/ideas; however, that does not mean it is not an entertaining watch.

If you haven't got the gist already, 'Skyline' involves the aggressive invasion of earth (or at least Los Angeles, USA !) by a massive force of alien spaceships, with the resultant resistance by humans and their military. So, you can see the similarity in plot and once you watch it you will notice similar content in many of the scenes.

However, the refreshing thing in 'Skyline' is the setting remains firmly fixed in and around a high-rise Los Angeles 'condominium' with ventures further afield only being to the horizon, rather than moving around the USA or the world; this is probably the reason for the film title..... In addition, there is virtually no explanation for the alien events that occur; we learn the limited detail of the story at the same time as the small group of people covered in the film do, with none of the usual reliance on explanation from experts or focussing on news reports via the TV/radio. The ending is also enigmatic....

This all makes the action really quite clinical and ruthless, especially as although there is an attempt to give a bit of back-story to the main characters which might suggest an attempt to make us empathise with them, it is of little consequence.
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