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Strange lights descend on the city of Los Angeles, drawing people outside like moths to a flame where an extraterrestrial force threatens to swallow the entire human population off the face of the Earth. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Eric Balfour ... Jarrod

Scottie Thompson ... Elaine

Brittany Daniel ... Candice

Crystal Reed ... Denise

Neil Hopkins ... Ray

David Zayas ... Oliver

Donald Faison ... Terry
Robin Gammell ... Walt

Tanya Newbould ... Jen

J. Paul Boehmer ... Colin

Phet Mahathongdy ... Airplane Mom / Bartender (as Phet Mahathongdy O'Donnell)

Byron McIntyre ... Limo Driver
Jackie Marin ... Girl in Pool

Tony Black ... Guy at Party
Eliza Till ... Girl at Party

James Huang ... Soldier #1
Erik Rondell ... Soldier #2
Johnny DeBeer ... Rocket Soldier

Lauren Marin ... Abducted Girl
Matt Frels ... Abducted Guy
Pam Levin ... Pregnant Abductee
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andreea Florescu ... Socialite (uncredited)
Leon 'Lee' Fuller ... Passenger (uncredited)
Marcus Nel-Jamal Hamm ... Terry's friend (uncredited)
Gladys Khan ... Indian Diplomat Air Passenger (uncredited)

Mobin Khan ... Indian Diplomat Air Passenger (uncredited)

Elena Kolpachikova ... Bohemian (uncredited)

Waymond Lee ... Airport Traveler (uncredited)
Justin Reed ... Airport Security Guard (uncredited)

Aneliese Roettger ... Model (uncredited)

Vanessa Ross ... Stewardess (uncredited)

Evan Shafran ... Airplane Passenger (uncredited)
Abu Baker Siddiq ... Airport Limo Driver (uncredited)

Directed by
Colin Strause  (as The Brothers Strause)
Greg Strause  (as The Brothers Strause)
Writing credits
Joshua Cordes (written by) &
Liam O'Donnell (written by)

Produced by
Kristian James Andresen .... producer
Paul Barry .... co-producer
Liz Dean .... associate producer
Brian Kavanaugh-Jones .... executive producer (as Brian Kavanaugh Jones)
Tracey Landon .... line producer
Liam O'Donnell .... producer
Brett Ratner .... executive producer
Colin Strause .... producer (as The Brothers Strause)
Greg Strause .... producer (as The Brothers Strause)
Brian Tyler .... executive producer
Original Music by
Matthew Margeson (music composed by)
Cinematography by
Michael Watson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Nicholas Wayman-Harris 
Casting by
Liz Dean 
Production Design by
Drew Dalton 
Costume Design by
Bobbie Mannix 
Makeup Department
Shyama Gero .... makeup department head
Carleigh Herbert .... additional hair stylist: additional photography
Carleigh Herbert .... additional makeup artist: additional photography
AnnaRose Kern .... additional hair stylist (as Anna Rose Kern)
AnnaRose Kern .... additional makeup artist (as Anna Rose Kern)
Regan Livingstone .... assistant hair stylist
Regan Livingstone .... assistant makeup artist
Hannah Lux Davis .... additional hair stylist (as Hannah Davis)
Hannah Lux Davis .... additional makeup artist (as Hannah Davis)
Production Management
Ed Chapman .... post-production supervisor
Colin Hudock .... production supervisor
Christopher Kulikowski .... post-production supervisor
Tracey Landon .... unit production manager
Pascal Vaguelsy .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joshua Cordes .... second unit director
Kristofer Kolpek .... second second assistant director: additional photography
M. Ryan Traylor .... second assistant director
Mike Tsucalas .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Chad Bell .... brain fabrication
Scott Kinsey .... credits designer
Kino Scialabba .... alien and ship designs
Sound Department
Bobbi Banks .... supervising adr editor
Elliott Barker .... boom operator
Charlie Campagna .... sound effects editor
Harry Cohen .... sound effects editor
William R. Dean .... sound effects editor
Carlton Diggs .... boom operator
Michael J. Fraumeni .... co-sound designer
Houston Guy .... boom operator
Paul Hackner .... sound effects editor
Greg Hedgepath .... supervising sound editor
Nicholas James .... adr editor
Michael Keller .... sound re-recording mixer
Gary Krause .... supervising sound editor
Nickolas Meade .... additional sound
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
Reza Moosavi .... production sound mixer
Barry Neely .... production sound mixer
Tom Ozanich .... sound effects editor
David Rawlinson .... supervising adr editor
Herbert Rawlinson .... sound editor
Stephen P. Robinson .... sound designer
John Ross .... sound re-recording mixer
Joan Rowe .... foley artist
Sean Rowe .... foley artist
John Sisti .... co-sound designer
John Sisti .... sound effects editor
Hermann Thumann .... additional audio
Bob Tiwana .... additional sound
David F. Van Slyke .... co-sound designer
Pedro Jimenez .... trailer re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Daniel R. Kerr .... sound effects recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Michael Broom .... illustrator: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Alec Gillis .... creature designer
Tom Woodruff Jr. .... creature designer
Visual Effects by
Holli Alvarado .... matte painter/roto artist
Spencer Armajo .... flame artist
Oliver Arnold .... senior technical director: lighting
Jeff Atherton .... vfx producer: Hydraulx
Nicholas Avallone .... animator
Jarrod Avalos .... layout & matchmove lead
Scott Balkcom .... lead compositor
Dan Bartolucci .... flame artist: Lola VFX
Vincent Blin .... roto and paint artist
Bruce Bolden .... visual effects artist
Adam Briggs .... visual effects artist
Jeremy F. Butler .... character rigging supervisor
Andrew Byrne .... fx artist: Hydraulx
Kevin Cahill .... visual effects coordinator
Marco Capparelli .... visual effects artist
Oscar G. Castillo .... senior fx artist
Ed Chapman .... cleaner
Trent Claus .... Flame artist
Andrew M. Collins .... animator
Brian Conlon .... digital compositor
Mauro Contaldi .... charater td
Joshua Cordes .... animation supervisor
Andy Davis .... lead senior compositor
Hector de la Torre .... modeling: Hydraulx
Fefo Desouza .... compositor
Eric Ebling .... visual effects artist
Tamer Eldib .... modeler
Josh Elmore .... model/texture artist
Nicholas Elwell .... senior visual effects coordinator: Hydraulx
Marq Faulkner .... roto/paint artist: Hydraulx
Patrick Flannery .... visual effects stills photographer
Philip Fraschetti .... flame artist: Hydraulx
Miles Friedman .... visual effects coordinator
Joshua Galbincea .... roto/paint artist
Demitre Garza .... visual effects artist
Don Greenberg .... compositor: Hydraulx
Joshua Grow .... 3d coordinator: Hydraulx
Miguel A. Guerrero .... modeling/creature supervisor: Hydraulx
Brian Hajek .... digital compositor
Brian Hanable .... digital effects compositor: Hydraulx
Chris Haney .... pipeline supervisor
Tulio Hernandez .... lighting technical director
Paul Hopkins .... matchmove/layout
Robert Hubbard .... visual effects
Nathan Hurlburt .... digital compositor
Atsushi Imamura .... senior modeler: Hydraulx
J.D. Imhof .... lighting technical director: Hydraulx
Chris Ingersoll .... visual effects artist
Pasha Ivanov .... visual effects
Brian Janelli .... model/texture artist
Daniel Jauregui .... visual effects artist
Zack Judson .... digital effects supervisor
Nathan Koga .... roto and paint artist
Eric A. Kohler .... visual effects coordinator: Hydraulx
Daniel Kruse .... digital lighter: [Hy*drau"lx]
Bill Kunin .... visual effects artist
Billy-Vu Lam .... character animator
Kim LeBrane .... cg coordinator: Hydraulx
Sun Lee .... senior matte painter: Hydraulx
Max Leonard .... visual effects coordinator
Dave Levine .... flame artist
Randy Little .... flame artist
Jose Lopez .... modeler: Hydraulx
Alberto Ludeña .... paint artist
Alberto Ludeña .... rotoscope artist
Mark Matta .... tracking artist
Scott McLain .... compositing and effects
Michael Meagher .... visual effects executive producer
David Michaels .... character technical director
Scott Michelson .... visual effects executive producer
Steven Miller .... Flame artist: Hydraulx
Young Joon Mok .... digital compositor
Chun Seong Ng .... senior modeler
Brian Nugent .... Flame artist
Chris Olivas .... paint artist
Van Ouk .... modeler: Hydraulx
Roto and Paint .... visual effects
Eugene Paluso .... tracking and layout
Bruno Parenti .... flame artist
Jale Parsons .... roto/paint artist
Chris Payne .... digital cleanup supervisor
John Polyson .... visual effects editor: Hydraulx
Juan Carlos Quintana .... paint/rotoscope artist
Chris Radcliffe .... senior modeler/texture artist
Scott Rader .... senior inferno artist: Hydraulx
Pablovsky Ramos-Nieves .... tracking and layout: Hydraulx
Ben Record .... visual effects: elements
Gizmo Rivera .... compositor
Karl Rogovin .... dynamics effects animator: Hydraulx
Krystal Sae Eua .... senior modeler: [Hy*drau"lx]
Kino Scialabba .... concept designer
Kino Scialabba .... matte painter: Hydraulx
Joel Sevilla .... character setup lead
Joel Sevilla .... supervising animator
Laura Sevilla .... digital compositor
Tim Simon .... modeler: Hydraulx
Matt Siner .... visual effects editor
Nick Sinnott .... tracking artist: Hydraulx
Skyline .... visual effects executive producer
John C. Sparks .... visual effects: hydraulx
Colin Strause .... visual effects supervisor
Greg Strause .... visual effects supervisor
Frederick George Stuhrberg .... 3D scanning
Caitlin Thornton .... visual effects coordinator
Alexander Tirasongkran .... matchmove artist
Jon Tojek .... visual effects artist
Shigeharu Tomotoshi .... digital artist
Greg Tse .... tracking / layout artist: Hydraulx
Yuki Uehara .... roto/paint artist
Chris Wells .... visual effects: Hydraulx
Bob Wiatr .... compositor
C. Jerome Williams .... digital compositor
Derek Winslow .... matte painter
Andrew Winters .... visual effects artist
Yoshiya Yamada .... creature supervisor: Hydraulx
Roy Yang .... visual effects (as Jianru Yang)
Michael Zavala .... 2D production manager: Hydraulx
Joey Anaya .... stunt double: Adrien Brody/Eric Balfor
Brandon Beckman .... stunt rigger
Cornell Brandon .... utility stunts
Darrell Davis .... stunts (as Craig Davis)
Arturo Dickey .... aerial stunt rigger
Arturo Dickey .... utility stunts
Brian Duffy .... stunts
Debbie Evans .... stunt double: Elaine
Diana R. Lupo .... stunt double
Mark Norby .... stunt coordinator
Dana Reed .... stunt double: Elaine
Erik Rondell .... utility stunts
Kyle Weishaar .... stunt double
Omar Ayala .... stunts (uncredited)
Omar Ayala .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Kevin Akers .... second assistant camera
Steve Albovias .... key grip: additional photgraphy
Brandon Alperin .... assistant chief lighting technician
Federico Aragon .... video operator
Eli Berg .... first assistant camera: "c" camera
Jeremy Braben .... aerial director of photography
Jake Capistron .... eclipse technician
Nathan Carballo .... lamp operator
Matthew Castalito .... electrician
Joshua Cordes .... camera operator
Cameron Dershem .... electrician
Noah Dille .... steadicam operator
Eric Dvorsky .... first assistant camera: aerial unit
Isaiah Fortajada .... additional second assistant camera
Tyler Harrison .... second assistant camera
Robby Hart .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Douglas S. Holgate .... aerial director of photography
Alex Jenkins .... grip
Steve Koster .... aerial director of photography
Shaun Mayor .... director of photography: second unit
Shaun Mayor .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Gregory Pickard .... car rigging grip
Rob Pittman .... additional first assistant camera
Johnny Segal .... grip
Ian S. Takahashi .... first assistant camera
John Trapman .... aerial director of photography
Marcus Ubungen .... second assistant camera
Eric Ulbrich .... chief lighting technician
Eric Ulrich .... gaffer
Pat Wallner .... best boy grip
Tim Wallner .... key grip
Tom Whitehead .... grip
Arthur Zajac .... second assistant camera: vfx elements unit
Animation Department
T.J. Burke .... animator
Jeremy F. Butler .... supervising animator
Robert Diaz .... animator
A.J. Gillespie .... animator
Bradley McLaughlin .... character animator
Scott Slater .... animator
Casting Department
Alden Wallace .... extras casting
Leslie Woo .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Emi Akimoto .... key set costumer
Editorial Department
Paul Buhl .... assistant editor
Mohsen Eletreby .... additional editor
Mohsen Eletreby .... first assistant editor
Danny Elhaj .... post-production assistant
Jon Grinberg .... first assistant editor
Marcus Land .... visual effects editor
Mark Reaser .... hd mastering
Michael Smollin .... digital intermediate colorist
Aidan Stanford .... color timer
Jordan VanDina .... assistant editor
Music Department
Jeffrey Biggers .... score mixer
Robert Elhai .... orchestrator
Todd Haberman .... additional music arranger
Pakk Hui .... orchestrator
Eric Kalver .... orchestrator
Season Kent .... executive in charge of music
Bryan Lawson .... music editor
Dana Niu .... supervising orchestrator
Martin Roller .... score recording engineer
Paul Talkington .... orchestral contractor
Allan Wilson .... conductor: score
Other crew
Asher Blumberg .... office production assistant
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot: New York
Angie Conners .... international marketing
Dave Conway .... location manager
Matt Cross .... location assistant
Evan Cunningham .... vtr assistant
John 'Duke' Duquesnay .... production systems engineer and design
Ian Evans .... helicopter pilot: London
Rebecca Flinn .... adr loop group
Tara Gerow .... assistant: The Brothers Strause
Pablo Leda .... production staff
Oliver Lewis .... production assistant
Thomas Loftus .... senior vice president of business and legal affairs
Mark Maccora .... production assistant
Skylar Mathey .... production assistant
Andrew McArthur .... helicopter pilot: Hong Kong
Kasia Nabialczyk .... assistant: Brett Ratner
Allison Paul .... production assistant
Debbie Pearl .... animal trainer
Eva Quiroz .... vice president of operations
Irwin M. Rappaport .... production attorney
John Sennet .... life guard
Wyatt Shaw .... production assistant
Judith Smith .... production accountant
Ariel Suarez .... production assistant
Josh Sutherland .... production assistant
John Tamburro .... helicopter pilot: Los Angeles
Michael J Tamburro .... helicopter crew
Spencer Wider .... production assistant
Ryan Witherspoon .... assistant post-production accountant
Jen Woldrich .... set production assistant
David T. Woodruff .... office production assistant
Arthur Zajac .... office production assistant
Guy Botham .... special thanks
Sara Bottfeld .... special thanks
Brie Childers .... special thanks
Royce Da 59 .... special thanks (as Royce da 5'9')
Patty Kern .... very special thanks
Kelly Kinsey .... special thanks
Jared Leto .... special thanks
Barry Littman .... special thanks
Glenn Rigberg .... special thanks
Gretchen Rush .... special thanks (as Gretchen Bruggeman Rush)

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial Effects
  • Hydraulx (visual effects) (as [hy*drau'lx])
Other Companies

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Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, some language, and brief sexual content
97 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | France:U (with warning) | Germany:16 | Ireland:15A (theatrical rating) | Ireland:15 (video rating) | Japan:PG12 | Malaysia:PG-13 (censored version) | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:M | Philippines:PG-13 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:NC-16 | Singapore:PG (edited version) | South Korea:12 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:PG-13 (certificate #46437)

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Continuity: Right after the aliens land, Terry walks toward the window and his Superman tattoo is visible on his right upper arm. However, in a previous scene, when he is walking to the swimming pool bar, the tattoo does not exist.See more »
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Elaine:[a bright blue light shines through the blinds and the bed shakes] Oh, how's it morning already?
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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: Skyline, 29 November 2010
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

District 9 probably rejuvenated the science fiction subgenre of an alien presence / invasion on Earth all over again, with no less than three films lined up close to one another that tackle just that - Skyline being the first, then Monsters followed by World Invasion: Battle LA, where the latter had caused the Brothers Strause's Hydraulx effects company probable woes since there is what's deemed to be conflicting interest in The Social Network sense. That aside, Skyline demonstrates that an independently funded film is still feasible, with the usual merits and expected demerits that come with an effects laden movie, but certainly not one that deserved the kind of backlash that it got.

The Brothers Strause Colin and Greg, responsible for AvP Requiem, bring their visual effects wizardry and know-how to making a film that's skewed toward being just that - a special effects extravaganza. How else can you explain the 10 million dollar effects cost against everything else that was budgeted for 0.5 million. Granted that this film was made on the cheap in Hollywood terms, the look and feel was polished, and there can be no qualms about its effects quality, but the story by Joshua Cordes and Liam O'Donnell let it down somewhat.

Unlike District 9, Skyline didn't have anything new to add to the genre, deciding to repeatedly give audiences what we have already seen in a number of genre films, putting them altogether into a single film, be it the Matrix-like sentinels, large spaceships bursting out of the cloudy sky, War of the Worlds like tension between nasty aliens and humans silently hoping everything will turn out fine, with shadows of Transformers, the harvesting of humans for some dastardly alien plan, an Independence Day equivalent of an all out air strike against the aliens albeit with updated weaponry and planes, or even a human-alien hybrid of sorts that opens up the film for a franchise to happen. You're begging for one original thought that the filmmakers could come up with, and you'll find it really tough to get one.

What it did successfully translate however, is how everything was doomed from the start, and gradually we get to realize it's no way out for all the characters, since every conceivable plan that they, and we, come up with, get closed, and closed good. The protagonists are stuck in a penthouse condominium, and escape outside into what's essentially the alien ships vacuum cleaning the entire city of LA of people doesn't sound like a good idea, with the bigger world out there at large, zero communications and a zilch mass media, means questions are constantly raised, with no clear answers.

This fear factor was what I thought the Brothers had successfully translated on screen instead, and frankly will be something quite close to what you or I will do when we panic, and let fear creep in. After all, aliens of all shapes and sizes, flying or on the ground, forcefully ensures every single human being in their sights get sucked into their bodies in the most unsavoury of terms. Think of it as reverse birth, where humans get sucked into what's essentially looks like an alien vagina with plenty of goo, mucus and muck, sometimes with the aid of tentacles shaped like umbilical cords. Bickering is common, with no alpha males stepping up to lead the way because, well, everyone gets picked off one by one.

Characters were expectedly cardboard, although the story did take some unnecessary and uninteresting pains to give us a little bit of a background of those whom we follow. Alas, somehow there's a profound lack of interest in the rich and famous, who stay in swanky apartments and drive cars with the prancing horse logo. There isn't the blue collar, hard worker to root for, and seriously, a bunch of rich pansies don't quite cut it for a film like this where it's about survival of the fittest aided by street smarts. Then again, it does go to show rich or poor, we bite the dust in the same manner when faced with common danger threatening our lives, that Death (by way of Aliens or otherwise) evens the playing field. The premise - you're stuck in a building where all else outside, and soon inside turns into Ground Zero, what will you do?

And also, I suppose films that trumpet the American military might will get the kind of support it does back home, with films like Independence Day and even Transformers 1 and 2, which made it seem like an advertisement for the US Military. Here the military response seems muted and had taken a backseat (well, the budget could be a prime reason), but for what it can muster with the drones and warplanes, one nuke, and a couple of gung-ho boots on ground heli-dropped to nearby rooftops, it isn't the all out war that many perhaps have wanted to see the US forces driving the unwelcome guests away.

With a more original idea and story development to boot, perhaps Skyline could have lived up to its promises and matched the quality of effects put on screen. There's a deliberate void of verbatim answers here, with the filmmakers preferring to keep some cards close to their chest, such as an origin of sorts, or explanation why things occur the way they did, since we're observing from the third person point of view, and the narrative hardly following anyone who has got an idea or a remote clue on what's exactly happening. It's a setup for a follow up film, especially the ending montage, so let's let's hope the area of storytelling gets shored up to develop and add to its mythos.

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