Ive seen a lot of films over the years, thousands of them and on average watch around 200-350 films a year so when sometimes I forget if I have seen a film, then thats not a case of memory loss or anything, its just a case of a fact of life and spending more hours in front of a TV screen than most people (but not all people). Im not sure if I have seen the film Skyline, a film about strange lights and an extraterrestrial force threatening to swallow the entire human population off the face of the Earth. I certainly am familiar with the films title and its cover art, having worked on the entertainment desk at a large ASDAWalmart when the film was flying off the shelves on DVD, but without rewatching (or watching) Skyline, I cant comment on my thoughts on the film at the moment. However lets get more present day and talk Beyond Skyline, a film that begins around the time the first film leaves off (apparently) but with different characters.
This time we meet Mark (played by the ever wonderful Frank Grillo) who heads to the police station to collect his son Trent (played by Jonny Weston) who has been locked up for smashing someones jaw with a single punch (he says). As they exit the police station and head home by subway, all hell breaks loose as the heavens open with hypnotic lights that draw people like moths to a deadly flame and turning the city of Los Angeles into something out of a Cloverfield movie with a massive dash of V & Independence Day thrown in. Fighting for their lives, a small bunch of LA citizens run, jump and fight their way through some really grim locations and whilst most films of this nature are somewhat predictable I do remember around the 40 minute mark thinking 'where on earth will this film head to and how are these characters going to not only survive this, but how is the city of LA going to get over it' never mind other parts of the globe.
Beyond Skyline is a visual treat with the Liam O Donnell, the writer of Skyline taking the directing role this time out (he also writes this story) and handling it brilliantly with stunning visuals, but also a great cast at his side. Frank Grillo is fast becoming the go to guy in my opinion for the everyman action hero (think Bruce Willis back in his Die Hard days) and Frank Grillo is it. Hes a real looking man, who is more than capable of defending himself in all situations and doesn't look like an Olympic athlete or fights with martial arts super hero skills. Hes the real deal!
One of the other unseen, (but not unheard) stars of the film is Nathan Whitehead who straight off his work on The Purge movies, and Keanu, yet again creates a beautifully cinematic musical score for this sci fi action adventure and its a score that fits perfectly in this type of film, hard hitting and cinematic.
Review by FromPage 2Screen from the Internet Movie Database.