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Skyline

Deadly dull alien attack movie has scary, gross effects.
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 92 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Aliens attack, randomly, out of nowhere, interrupting the lives and plans of several young adults. The humans want to survive, but they have no real idea how. They try to overcome this major challenge, but nothing they do -- and nothing anyone else does -- has any real effect.

Positive role models

East Coasters Jarrod and Elaine are presented as more admirable than the "soulless" Los Angeles residents, who are generally depicted as liars, cheaters, and not very nice. Jarrod is protective of Elaine, but his attempts to rescue the group usually come to nothing -- and he becomes less trusthworthy later on as events progress. The women usually look to the men for help.

Violence

Scary images of humans being abducted into alien spaceships; black veins begin to appear on human victims, and eyeballs turn white. Lots of gross creature effects, such as slime and brains. Giant aliens grab and "eat" humans. A character attacks an alien brain with an ax. Guns are pulled. Jet planes engage in a dogfight with alien ships, and missiles are fired. A character kills himself in a gas explosion in an effort to take out some of the monsters. Lots of arguing.

Sex

A man and a woman have implied sex in a bathroom at a party; cheating is suggested. At a party, people spy on the neighbors, and there's some implied oral sex. Girls in bikinis are seen near a swimming pool. The hero's girlfriend is pregnant; there's some discussion around this.

Language

Several uses of "s--t," plus "oh my God," "hell," "damn," "son of a bitch," "ass," and "goddamn.,"

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters (young adults) drink lots of hard liquor during a birthday party.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this alien invasion movie has a lot in common with movies like War of the Worlds, Cloverfield, and Independence Day (though it's a lot duller). There are plenty of scary/violent scenes as giant spaceships capture hordes of humans, sucking them up through the sky, and, later, as monstrous aliens eat them. There are also lots of gross special effects, as well as some fighting, military-style action, and guns. Language includes several uses of "s--t," and there are some sexual situations (including implied oral sex) and some drinking.

What's the story?

Jarrod (Eric Balfour) and Elaine (Scottie Thompson) fly to Los Angeles to visit Jarrod's old friend, Terry (Donald Faison), who works as a special effects man in the movie business. They throw a wild birthday party for Terry, who cheats on his girlfriend (Brittany Daniel) with his assistant (Crystal Reed). That night, huge alien spaceships attack the city and begin abducting humans by literally sucking them up into the sky. Smaller alien probes then begin scouring the city, using special lights to hypnotize victims. Can the five heroes survive by hiding out in Terry's apartment, or should they try to make a run for it? Better still, can they discover the reason for the attack?

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Directed by brothers Colin and Greg Strause, SKYLINE has an immediate low-budget feel, since the story takes place in a big city and has a tiny cast of only vaguely recognizable actors. When the movie focuses on its human "stars," it feels like there's very little at stake. None of them feel like real people, and none of them share any onscreen chemistry.

Things should get more interesting when the aliens attack, but the cheap-looking CG effects -- and creatures cobbled together fromthose in a dozen other movies -- make even the boring humans look interesting. The movie tries not to put all of its cards on the table right away, but in hiding certain information, things only become more illogical. (The aliens' behavior doesn't always make sense.) Still, the combination of giant, cheesy monster attacks and half-baked characters may ultimately earn the movie a cult/camp following.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. Was it scary? Why are some kinds of action/violence exciting, while other types are frightening?

  • What do the aliens want? How do they go about getting it? Is there any way that their behavior resembles that of humans?

  • Could Jarrod be considered the hero of this story? What makes him heroic? What are his non-heroic traits?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 12, 2010
DVD/Streaming release date:March 22, 2011
Cast:Donald Faison, Eric Balfour, Scottie Thompson
Directors:Colin Strause, Greg Strause
Studios:Rogue Pictures, Universal Pictures
Genre:Science Fiction
Run time:92 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, some language, and brief sexual content

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Adult Written bykhan2705 November 18, 2010

Awful.... worse sci fi alien movie.

well i had no expectations from this movie after seeing its ratting on Rotten Tomatoes, and as usual this film turns out to be one of the worst Alien / sci fi movie ever. one of the worst movie of the year. don't waste your money on it. only good thing about this movie were those pretty attracting posters just like the in the movie (the strange blue light from alien ships that attracts the victims). don't even waste your time on it, i mean if u download movies or watch it on sites. hate it so much. after watching trailer i thought if the movie is no good maybe the special effects will give me a visual pleasure but no , even special effects are bad, super worse. i know its a B grade movie but still looks bad if not worse. everything start so early and ends early too. one of the worst written plot for a sci fi movie ever. awful story with bad screenplay. uneven screenplay. acting is below average. and this movie has one of the insane ENDING ever. i was horribly miffed with this movie. its very rare that i give movie a awful review. i usually find some aspect or something in the movie which i like or interest me even if others doesn't or even if its of no importance. i am a fan of these visual pleasure fantasy sci fi movies like i love those indie or dramas. but this was awful. no lilkable characters or story or anything. crap. i would have given it half or 1 stars but 1.5 for somehow little bit nice effort visually.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Adult Written byPrimeSlayer June 17, 2015

Awful.

This movie just sucks. I'm not gonna bother writing about the content because if you're smart, you won't watch this movie. In the event you do, I'm so sorry. I wouldn't wish watching this film upon my worst enemy.
Teen, 13 years old Written bythe greenguy3 April 13, 2011
very good movie edge of the seat lots of sci fi action but suckish ending