Movie Review – Skylines (2020)

Skylines, 2020.

Directed by Liam O’Donnell.
Starring Lindsey Morgan, Rhona Mitra, Alexander Siddig, James Cosmo, Daniel Bernhardt and Jonathan Howard.



With the concord of alien hybrid co-existence beneath risk Rose Corley (Lindsey Morgan) and her crew set off to a distance planet, with the only intention of saving mankind.


This tongue in cheek alien slugfest is nice enjoyable made extra so by some really dedicated performances. Lindsey Morgan’s Rose Corley who hyperlinks again to sequel Past Skyline heads the pack as a fugitive from authorities. In a campfire voiceover which finishes on James Cosmo donning an eyepatch, Skylines introduces audiences to a ravaged panorama the place concord stays tenuous.

What follows is Rose’s protracted seize adopted by nefarious propositions from Alexander Siddig’s Basic Radford, which finally sends everybody into house. That this occurs all in fifteen minutes and by no means slows down lengthy sufficient for anybody to care is what makes Skylines so participating. Director Liam O’Donnell who returns as soon as extra having written each different movie on this collection performs to his strengths, packing tempo into each body and peril behind each nook.


Comparisons with District 9 and Aliens is unavoidable even when issues have been tweaked barely. Chemistry between the forged is self-evident spearheaded in no unsure phrases by Lindsey Morgan’s spirited efficiency. She is emotive, emotional and sassy generally unexpectedly and provides a few of her male co-stars a run for his or her cash by way of balls to the wall grit and gusto. Skylines by no means pretends to be Shakespeare however nonetheless stays savvy sufficient to acknowledge its influences with out subtlety. Liam O’Donnell is clearly a passionate advocate of the science fiction style and it exhibits.  Set items, VFX and pacing are all excellent contemplating the subject material, whereas villains are by no means exhausting to identify.

Alexander Siddig’s pantomime massive dangerous matches this movie like a glove the place he narrowly avoids twirling his moustache and cackling maniacally. Moments from Independence Day additionally loom massive right here as B-movie trappings are tapped into with admirable transparency. With fist fights, one liners and gravitas delivered by an underused James Cosmo and Rhona Mitra time passes swiftly. All the cash is on display screen and makes an attempt to make sure bang on your buck by way of alien planets, alien ships and manufacturing design.


Whether or not you’re a fan of B-movie sci-fi, Skyline the franchise or just wish to see pneumatic main girls mainline alien powers to save lots of humanity this is perhaps the movie for you. Aimed to entertain and by no means dropping sight of that mantra at any level, Skylines deserves one other go spherical which was clearly on the playing cards if that ending is something to go by.

Skylines is displaying in choose UK cinemas and accessible digitally On Demand from December 18th.

Flickering Delusion Ranking – Movie: ★ ★ ★ / Film: ★ ★ ★ ★

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