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Skyline [DVD]

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Eric Balfour , Scottie Thompson , Greg Strause , Colin Strause    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
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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: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004C9MBZ2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,259 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Skyline [DVD]


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 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great low buget movie 14 April 2013
I gave this film a go and really enjoyed it. I thought the ending was actually pretty cool. It let the viewer to imagine what happens next. Good film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A View From Above 16 Sep 2012
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Skyline is an alien-invasion movie, set for a large part of the film in the penthouse of an exclusive Los Angeles tower block, where the characters have to decide whether to stay and defend themselves in the penthouse, or make a run for it.

The film draws heavily, and directly, on other films and productions, rarely displaying any original ideas, and yet is bolstered by its production and special effects.

So first we have the strange glowing lights falling out of the sky, witnessed by those looking at them out of the windows wondering if its some kind of meteor shower (Day of the Triffids), then the lights shining through the slats in the window blinds and luring people out towards the alien craft (Close Encounters of the Third Kind) then, with the characters hiding behind pieces of furniture, the lamp-faced, Nessie-necked probe searching the room for them and reacting to the slightest noise (War Of The Worlds (2005 remake)), thereafter they're running through the streets chased by a gargantuan entity thumping and shaking the ground (a la Cloverfield ), and so on.

The characters themselves are fairly ill-defined and their background stories seem to have been added because the director/writer felt they should have some; their jobs, hopes and fears discussed between themselves turn out to be irrelevant and their fairly chaotic relationships between each other ill-explained (did one of them rape another as they were hiding from the aliens?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars predictable but good sci-fi movie 21 May 2012
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 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars At least they tried 27 April 2012
This deserved a bigger budget, as there is the germ of a good idea and a good film here.

The final result is actually pretty weak, for it is has weaknesses in almost every film-making aspect.

However, in offering a few semi-original ideas on its obviously tiny budget, it deserves a bit of respect, and is way better than the truly dreadful contemporay movie Battle: Los Angeles.

The traditional small group theme works quite well, and yeah, it ain't brilliant, but it ain't so bad either.

Give it a chance, anyway. It deserves that.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Visuals, Story Lets Down 8 Jun 2011
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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
3.0 out of 5 stars Average Sci-fi 20 April 2011
This is a very average survival sci-fi movie that has elements of War of the Worlds, Independence Day and even the Matrix Revolutions.

Although, I was hoping for much better, I give it three stars as I did find the movie watchable.

But it is not a movie that I would want to watch a second time. So I would recommend rental before you buy.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Waste of Time! 6 April 2011
I read the reviews about this film,some negative and some positive - i'm just thankful i didnt buy it - this is how i sum this film up.....a mix up between district 9, cloverfield, independence day and war of the worlds. Not a very good mix up either some very annoying people and a bad script. Thats about it...oh and the ending...didn't make sense either
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I am Very pleased with My Order. Top of the range item meets all my requirments.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 4 months ago by mrs belinda ruffles
1.0 out of 5 stars Really irritating that this "film" should get even one strar, but...
I usually buy DVD-s to support the (already very rich) industry, but this one... OMG! I WANT MY MONEY BACK! Everything about it is totaly rediculous! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. D. J. Shipley
3.0 out of 5 stars its ok
nothing really special about this film it was show on the telly but this one film is a slightly extended version of it I saw it the once a bit far fetched ok but
Published 6 months ago by babs
2.0 out of 5 stars Skylack
I have the feeling that the Brothers Strause wanted to create an alien invasion movie that was more realistic, focusing on "ordinary" people. Read more
Published 8 months ago by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars Skyline
Calling all alien fans this film gets better the more you watch it filled with action right from the start a must have in any DVD collection.
Published 9 months ago by Julia Hall
1.0 out of 5 stars Deeply lame
Okay, so I gave it a star, but that's only because there isn't a no star option. There is nothing this film does well , the acting is wooden, the characters inconsistent, and the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by John R. Wade
1.0 out of 5 stars Skyline
I thought there must be some mistake, but the other reviewers are right. This films is a complete waste of celluloid & a complete waste of money purchasing it. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Tom Tom
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