Aliens have invaded Southern California! Only these aliens want to steal our brains and take over the world. Skyline arrived on DVD and Blu-Ray this week, and we took a look at the movie so you don’t have to.

Colin Strause
Greg Strause

Eric Balfour
Scottie Thompson
David Zayas
Donald Faison
Brittany Daniel
Crystal Reed

Ryan Kavanaugh (executive)
Brett Ratner (executive)
Colin Strause
Greg Strause
Tucker Tooley (executive)

Strange lights have descended upon the city of Los Angeles, and the alien invasion is right behind, in what is a visually stunning film, full of effects that are done right, at a budget most H’wood execs would spend on a evening on the town. I want to repeat this bit again – The visuals in this movie are excellent. Top notch, and done right. There are plenty of particle effects and lens flares to make you think you are watching a movie that someone spent 100 million dollars on. If I had a special effects movie I was directing and needed some effects gurus, the first phone call would be to the Brothers Strause.

The problem is, this visually stunning film, is also stunning in the fact that the story is virtually nonexistent. From the beginning we are introduced to a cast of one dimensional characters, and there is no real time in this 90 minute sci-fi flick to get to know, or more importantly, care about them. They simply react to the situation – voyeurs of an attack that is the equivalent of watching a war play out on a cable news network. Actually, it is worse than that – not only do they witness the events from the window of their condo, they watch most of it from a video feed attached to their telescope. It is like Cloverfield and Independence Day got it on during drunken night of partying, and this is the illegitimate offspring.

When the ending was revealed weeks before the movie was released in theaters, and we learn what the aliens are really after, the WTF factor went through the roof. After watching the film, I can honestly say I want to double that number. Sure, one can claim there is a lot of deep thought and pondering about our place in the universe, but really… this is just bad storytelling.

On the plus side, the Brothers Strause did deliver a film that made more than it cost. The 10 million dollar budget appears to be well spent and the 21 million return domestically means the movie is a financial success.

At the end of the day, the effects are pretty to look at, but overall I feel there isn’t much there. This certainly feels like an excellent special effects demo reel, but a satisfying movie, it does not. I do appreciate the fact that the Strause brothers went the distance and embraced this film, and on that level I do have some appreciation for this 1950’s sci-fi B-moive done for modern audiences.


While the aliens may only want us for our brains, it doesn’t take a Brainiac to know that this movie is lacking on so many levels. Someday Skyline may achieve cult status like the Evil Dead, but that day isn’t today. If you want to turn off your mind for an hour and a half, go for it. If you want to simply watch a movie that is nothing but special effects, go for it. If you are hoping for a movie with substance… skip Skyline. I’m giving this movie 1 out of 5 Stars simply for the visual effects and the fact that Scottie Thompson is cute.

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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  1. March 24, 2011 at 12:29 am — Reply

    Phew! Glad I didn’t bother watching this movie. I don’t think Battle: Los Angeles would be any better.

    Just goes to show flashy effects does not a movie make.

  2. Steven Allen
    March 24, 2011 at 2:00 am — Reply


  3. Bigdobbo
    March 24, 2011 at 5:22 am — Reply

    Aaaarrrgghhhh ….. Your review was one week too late for me.

  4. hermit
    March 24, 2011 at 8:01 am — Reply

    not counting the token black guy who is obviously a rapper who carry a gun (the only gun of the movie). he dies first.

    the unnamed couple who is gone withing 5 minutes of their introduction in the movie.

    bad dialogues, badder actor.

    and don’t get me started on the ending.

    1 star is generous, even for the special effects. and i prefer brittany daniels.

  5. SomeDude
    March 24, 2011 at 10:13 am — Reply

    Skyline May have bin bad but it did spawn an awesome literal trailer on youtube by Tombuscus
    seriously its better then the movie its self

  6. Bryan
    March 24, 2011 at 3:55 pm — Reply

    Bad story, bad well everything, but not bad use of special fx for $10 million dollars.

  7. chrisblue77
    February 1, 2012 at 2:58 pm — Reply

    I never saw this movie and would never want to, but what hapns to blind people?

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