Trailer for Skyline, the low-budget alien invasion film

At this year’s Comic Con audiences got a preview of this so-called low-budget sci-fi film, Skyline. The official trailer has been released, giving us a better look at what the movie’s about.

To start off with, there’s some grotesque referencing of Stephen Hawking and his analogy of an alien invasion taking the same route that the American settlers did when they displaced the natives. Yeah, it didn’t end well for the natives. Nice parallel there for the American audience, although it might be too late for them to learn from.

It’s when meteor-like lights start shooting to Earth that things get interesting. The lights land in various areas of the city and they’re followed by huge alien craft which literally start hoovering humans from the ground below. They’re picked up in their hundreds, maybe thousands. What’s waiting for them inside? Extermination, enslavement, body harvesting? We don’t know.

The official synopsis for Skyline is equally sparse, offering nothing more by way of details on the story beyond the obvious alien ships dominating the skyline…

In the sci-fi thriller Skyline, strange lights descend on the city of Los Angeles, drawing people outside like moths to a flame where an extraterrestrial force threatens to swallow the entire human population off the face of the Earth. Skyline is directed and produced by the Brothers Strause (Alien vs. Predator: Requiem), whose company Hydraulx has provided visual effects for Avatar, Iron Man 2, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and 300.

/Film, who were present at the Comic Con screening, describe a scene from Skyline:

We also saw a clip from the film, showing Eric Balfour and Donald Faison  heading up to the roof and watching in awe as smoke and white lights consume LA. Their awe quickly turns to terror as people far off in the distance are sucked into the sky, and they rush to a door to get back inside the building. The door is locked. A ship approaches them, and Faison anxiously tries to shoot the lock. At the last moment, a girl opens the door from the inside, and the light behind them immediately begins infecting her face. They dart inside, and slam the door behind them.

Turk from Scrubs is in it? Oh hell yeah! Count me in! The movie’s due out on 12 November 2010. No word on a UK release date, but details as and when I find them. Stay tuned.

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