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Skyline - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
By Rouén Robinson
Apr 18, 2018 - 8:16:45 PM

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An alien invasion flick that regurgitates all the tropes the genre has seen before, but with a bright blue tint.

If You Think You Can Hide...If You Think You Can Resist...If You Think You Can Survive...You Haven't Seen The Light.

Following a late night birthday party, a group of friends are awoken in the wee hours before dawn by strange blue lights beaming through their penthouse window. These eerie lights have descended all over the city of Los Angeles, drawing people outside like moths to a flame and then scooping them in to the air. An extraterrestrial force is attempting to swallow the entire human population off the face of the planet. Now they are a band of survivors who must fight to see another day as their world begins to unravel around them.

Jarrod is an artist who has come to LA with his girlfriend to celebrate his best friends birthday, but quickly finds himself dealing with situations he was far from ready to deal with. Elaine is Jarrod's girlfriend who has come with him to LA to meet his best friend and find the right time to tell him that she is pregnant. Terry runs his own special effects company and intends to offer his friend a job in his company, but things don't exactly go as planned and then life as he knows it completely changes. Candice is Terry's girlfriend, who soon finds out that her boyfriend has had more than a work relationship with his personal assistant but that revelation will pale in comparison with the mass abduction happening right outside of her boyfriend’s penthouse.

An easy way to explain this could be Clovefield lite or maybe even Cloverfield L A. This movie is a perfect example of style over substance as it borrows from movies like Independence Day to War Of The Worlds and even District 9. The plot has holes big enough to fly a large ufo through and they are plentiful through out this mess of a movie. However, the special effects are top notch and the film makers are confident enough in them to display them in broad daylight instead of using the cover of night. It is also good to see sitcom stars Donald Faison and Brittany Daniel on the big screen, but that feeling is short lived as the audience is forced to endure this derivative motion picture. This flick is barely above that of a SyFy telefilm and I think that may be the reason it will be on Netflix in record time after its theatrical release. A perfect example of placing importance on slick visuals over a compelling story by people who can without a doubt make a good looking movie but definitely not a movie that is any good. I rate this movie a rating of 1 out of 5.

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