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For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Skyline can be found here.
While partying with his best friend Terry (Donald Faison) in Terry's penthouse apartment in Los Angeles, Jarrod (Eric Balfour), his pregnant girlfriend Elaine 'Lainey' (Scottie Thompson), Terry's wife Candice (Brittany Daniel), Terry's assistant Denise (Crystal Reed), and Terry's friend Ray (Neil Hopkins) witness an attack on the city by alien spaceships emitting mysterious beams of blue light. Ray stares at the light and is drawn into it like a moth to a flame. It starts to draw Jarrod into it, but Terry pulls him away. As the aliens canvas the city looking for more humans, Jarrod and his friends try to find a way to escape from the building they are in.
Skyline is based on a screenplay by Joshua Cordes and Liam O'Donnell. A sequel, Beyond Skyline, is currently in development with no given date of release.
The blue light transmits a powerful alien technology that acts like an airborne virus, similar to the way a 'moth zapper' attracts moths and other insects. Once the light has come into contact with a human's eyesight, it overrides the brain and controls it, beckoning for the human to approach the light and be eventually taken to the ship. It obviously also has some major physiological effects on those that engage it with their eyes for any significant amount of time, evidenced by the crawling and growing dark-vein like effects it has on its victims.
Humans are being abducted by the aliens so their brains can be removed. Some insight into how the aliens use human brains might be seen in the parking garage scene: the alien that swallows Colin (he's released moments later) has his brain and part of his spinal column removed. The alien ejects a brain-like object and replaces it with Colin's. It might be the way they survive on Earth, replenish their energy, or gain knowledge about humans to make their defeat easier.
Everyone dies by various means. The two survivors, Jarrod and Elaine, are sucked into the blue light and into the alien mothership. Elaine ends up in a pile of human bodies slowly having their brains ripped out. She is apparently spared because she is pregnant. She calls to Jarrod, but he is killed by the aliens and his brain removed then sent up a tube. It's apparent afterwards that the brains are being used to create more aliens. The alien that is given Jarrod's brain appears and is seen to protect Elaine who realises who it is. It is seen in a short montage that cities all over the world, including New York, London, Hong Kong, have all been attacked by various alien ships bombarding blue rays and abducting people. The military fights back, but they are defeated. The aliens (who include various assortments such as 20-foot tall hulking tankers, as well as hydra-like squid creatures, and flying drones) appear to be un-killable, inescapable and unstoppable. Even after one large alien ship is blown apart by a nuclear warhead fired by a stealth drone aircraft, it slowly repairs itself. (All of the aliens, including the spaceships, appear to be a type of bio-mechanical machines capable of self-regeneration). Humanity is completely wiped out and the aliens win in the end, completely taking over the Earth.
Jarrod has been subject to the alien technology and virus more than once. It is possible that it has begun to mutate into his DNA, effectively giving his brain an immunity to being reprogrammed. Unlike the rest of the humans taken aboard, Jarrod distinctly remembers who he is and what is going on.
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