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Unlike many sequels, your enjoyment of Beyond Skyline will actually not depend on your opinion of the Brothers Strause's original 2010 film because the two films are so completely different in so many ways.

Where Skyline was something of a close-quarters thriller where much of the action was confined to a single location, Beyond Skyline is a globe-hopping actioner that never seems satisfied to stay in one place for very long. From battling tentacled aliens on and under the streets of LA, to destroying Indonesian temples and everywhere in between, Beyond Skyline takes huge swings at expanding the world and mythology set in the first film.


The results are impressive considering the film's relatively low budget compared to other big sci-fi spectacles like, most recently, Independence Day 2 which looked nifty but felt dull overall. Here, director Liam O'Donnell holds his own against any blockbuster, creating a film that's constantly surprising and a crazy new visual or novel idea is in your face every five minutes or so.

While Frank Grillo, Bojana Novakovic, Iko Uwais et all shine in the film, it's the alien creatures that steal the show in Beyond Skyline. All are the creation of practical and digital effects house Hydraulx who use all kinds of tricks to bring horror big and small to life. You can tell O'Donnell grew up on films like Predator and Aliens (and in fact the first film he worked on was Alien V. Predator: Requiem), with the love and attention the aliens and their technology receives throughout the film. O'Donnell seems to have put a lot of thought into the Alien culture.


[LISTEN: Liam O'Donnell talks Beyond Skyline]


As much as I admire the first film for what it accomplishes and how bizarre it ultimately becomes, I liked that Beyond Skyline is not a direct sequel. There are some connections and revelations that connect with the first film but Beyond Skyline seems determined to blaze a new trail for the franchise.

Make no mistake, Beyond Skyline is a schlock-y, gooey, gory, sometimes silly alien invasion movie that wears its B-movie roots on its sleeve. But there is also a love of A-material here, of James Cameron in particular, that shines through in the attention to characters and building a larger mythology.


My last word is just that Grillo is awesome and carries the film like Atlas while witnessing The Raid's Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian knife fight with 8 foot tall aliens in exactly as fun as you want it to be.


Check it out on December 15 when Beyond Skyline hits wide!




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MichaelRAllen (8 months ago) Reply

I agree. The film is a lot of fun.

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Mrsatyre (8 months ago) Reply

Did I just see Huggy Bear?!?


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