Skyline (2010) skilfully overlaid an alien invasion across a Los Angeles landscape, splashing its cash on the visual effects needed to bring its invaders to life. It was sort of like the end of Space Balls, except instead of getting Mega-Maid to suck the air from a planet, this was an alien rapture vacuuming humans into the sky to harvest their brains.
Beyond Skyline follows the same intergalactic incursion from the aliens-eye-view of some new prospective abductees, offering a whistle-stop tour of the first film’s highlights. While this is technically a standalone movie, it will help to have seen the full events of the original film.
However, alongside the fresh perspective afforded by LA detective Mark (Frank Grillo) and his fellow subway passengers, the sequel also adds a few new beasties to track those pesky remaining humans. And while the lore for these brain-badgering foes has already been established, this film lives up to its name and digs much deeper into the threat. The action-packed result is impressively shot.
Don’t be fooled into thinking the budget for set design has been blown this time around, though. It may switch location in the second half, allowing The Raid’s Uko Uwais to lay the smackdown on the creatures, but as the end credits reveal, there’s a whole lot more green screen than your peepers will have picked out, which is a feat in itself.
Release: 15 December 2017 (VOD), 8 January 2018 (DVD & Blu-ray)
From: Signature Entertainment
Format: VOD, DVD & Blu-ray
Age Rating: 15
Price (RRP): £17.99 (DVD); £19.99 (Blu-ray)