So here’s the premise: Extraterrestrials arrive and bathe cities in hypnotic illumination. People are unknowingly drawn to the light and begin disappearing. The heroes of “Skyline” figure it out, discovering that aliens are literally swallowing the human race up into their ships, and begin to fight back. The film follows the lives of the survivors who literally are fighting for the survival of the human race.
“Skyline” sounds pretty much like a lot of Hollywood science fiction movies, just tweaked a little here and there in the plot and action sequences to appear different. The trailers show amazing special effects, especially in the details of the extraterrestrial ships.
Particularly engaging in the first trailer video is the use of news anchors like Dan Rather to relate the thoughts of noted astrophysicist Stephen Hawking on the subject of extraterrestrial life and first contact. Hawking said that extraterrestrial life, if intelligent enough to make the light years-spanning journey to Earth, would most likely view us much as Christopher Columbus and the Spaniards viewed Native Americans. “In other words,” Rather says in the news sound bite, “it didn’t turn out to well for Native Americans.”
The idea isn’t exactly a new one, nor is it a new one to writers of speculative and science fiction and, by extension, Hollywood. Since “War Of The Worlds,” the Earth has been fending off extraterrestrial invaders in an endless procession of underdog versus overwhelmingly superior alien movies.
But old ideas or not, who ever gets tired of seeing David taking down Goliath?
Trailer videos 1 and 2 for the Universal movie “Skyline” follow.
“Skyline” Trailer Video 1.
“Skyline” Trailer Video 2