Beyond Skyline

Posted: March 21, 2018 in Movies
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It’s fair to say that when Skyline (2010) came out it was not a big hit with audiences or critics. Cut to a confused me when almost a decade later I saw a sequel was on the way. The sequel, Beyond Skyline, stood out for two reasons when it was announced. It had a unknown director and a great cast. I was interested. It slipped out onto DVD earlier this year and – get this – the reaction was not just warm but outright glowing. Having rented it recently I can see why. Beyond Skyline is the sequel nobody wanted that just keeps on giving. It’s very good.

Taking place in and around the same time of the alien invasion of the original this sequel focuses on a new set of characters. There are refrences to the original movie but you can enjoy this without feeling lost. Our new heros have to face the alien menace and stay alive in order to work out a way to fight back against their other worldly conqueres on equal terms! The characters are much better. You connect with them and you root for them. That’s due to a better script and a great cast led by Frank Grillo (The Purge: Anarchy) and featuring great support from Bojana Novakovic (Drag Me To Hell) and The Raid stars Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian and you better believe those guys were hired for a reason. I’ll leave it at that.

I’m shocked this sequel never got a theatrical release. It looks great and the special effects are not cheap looking. The story is solid. It’s funny because despite feeling like the aliens in the first movie looked cool I didn’t give much of a thought as to the ‘why’ of the invasion. In this sequel the mythology gets explored in a big way that not only makes sense but is really cool. It’s big science fiction presented in a (and this is a compliment) true old school B movie vibe. It’s very gory too. The action in Beyond Skyline is head and shoulders over the original and the liberal approach to the carnage and bloodshed was most welcome except for one quite gashtly scene. It’s unpredictable and has one hell of a last act that you have to see to believe.

Director Liam O’Donnell makes his directorial debut with Beyond Skyline. The young director has a visual effects background (Iron Man 2, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem) and wrote the original Skyline as well as this sequel. His effects background could have played a role in why the sequel’s effects look so good despite what must have been a limited budget. O’Donnell clearly saw somthing in the Skyline world and perhaps it was a gamble to go back to but it has paid off. I look forward to seeing what O’Donnell comes out with next as a writer/director.

Beyond Skyline is a must see for science fiction fans. It’s so great. It has everything. Great characters, an interesting plot, boss effects and smashing action scenes. There’s tons of great moments in here that I’d hate to ruin. Just give this one a shot. I know the first movie wasn’t that great but forget it and go into this with a open mind. I hope we get a Skyline 3 sooner rather than later. I can’t say I thought I’d ever be writing that!

 

 

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