March 22, 2017

“Skyline” trailer will vacuum up all the humans


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Hollywood seems to be back on a science-fiction kick.

Perhaps the success of J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” and the Oscar-nominated “District 9” reminded studios that audiences will turn out for intelligent sci-fi. The trend appears to continue with Universal’s “Skyline,” which posted a full trailer to Apple’s trailer site.

According to the premise, NASA fired a signal to deepest space in 2009, hoping to establish contact with extraterrestrials. It worked. But that’s bad news for mankind.

Directed by longtime visual effects supervisors Colin and Greg Strause (“Avatar,” “300”), “Skyline” looks like a sophisticated “Independence Day,” with humans dealing with the repercussions of an alien invasion. The tagline of “Don’t Look Up” goes well with the final shot, which I’ll call “human vacuum.” You have to see it for yourself.

“Skyline” opens on Nov. 12. It will compete with Denzel Washington’s “Unstoppable” and the newsroom comedy “Morning Glory” with Harrison Ford and Rachel McAdams.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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