Not much is known about the upcoming Skyline — it’s directed by Greg and Colin Strause, who brought us Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem, a hard-R improvement over the miserable AvP, but still a pretty uneven film. Much like Requiem, it stars a series of lesser-known actors, including Eric Balfour, Brittany Daniel and Donald Faison.
Whoops. Sorry, we’re contractually obligated to post that video whenever Faison is mentioned.
Where was I?
Right. Skyline. It’s a contact story, which is perhaps my favorite sci-fi genre, and IMDB gives the following plot synopsis:
After a late night party, a group of friends are awoken in the dead of the night by an eerie light beaming through the window. Like moths to a flame, the light source is drawing people outside before they suddenly vanish into the air. They soon discover an otherwordly force is swallowing the entire human population off the face of the earth. Now our band of survivors must fight for their lives as the world unravels around them.
No word on whether or not there will be hillbillies getting anal probes.
The Brothers Strause, as they are known, have a gift for unique visuals clearly on display here. Other than Requiem, they’ve done mostly commercial work, but it’s interesting stuff (most notable is their video for A Perfect Circle’s “Weak and Powerful”) that you can find on their website.
As for the trailer, it starts out slow, and has numerous references to the great Stephen Hawking’s contact theories, and then… it picks up quite a bit. It’s relatively low-budget, but looks to be pretty high-concept and has some striking imagery. The trailer, more of a teaser, really, is far too basic to give a good feel for the film’s quality, but it’s interesting as hell. Hopefully it won’t be too ID4-ish, and have a little more brains than that. There’s certainly good atmosphere and some impressive visuals in the trailer.
Click over to Apple to see it, and let us know what you think after.