Beyond Skyline (2017) Movie Review

Beyond Skyline – Bigger and More Ambitious

Director: Liam O’Donnell

Writer: Liam O’Donnell (Screenplay)

Starring: Frank Grillo, Bojana Novakovic, Jonny Weston, Callan Mulvey, Antonio Fargas, Pamelyn Chee, Yayan Ruhian, Jacob Vargas, Iko Uwais

Plot: A tough-as-nails detective embarks on a relentless pursuit to free his son from a nightmarish alien warship.

Runtime: 1 Hour 46 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Beyond Skyline starts when tough detective Mark (Grillo) needs to bail his son Trent (Weston) out of jail, using his position of power, the journey home on the subway takes a turn though. The aliens attack, leaving them trapped beneath the action, looking for a way to the surface.

When Mark is sucked up into the ship with the other survivors, he will look to try and find a way to escape, before finding himself in a battle with a known enemy to defeat the aliens once and for all.

Thoughts on Beyond Skyline

Characters & Performances – Mark is a tough alcoholic detective that is bailing his son out once again, he is trying to rebuild their relationship after the death of his wife. When the aliens invade, he must look to put up a fight against them to try and save his son and humanity. Frank Grillo has made his name in this action style movies and here he is everything you want him to be through the film. Audrey is one of the other survivors that joins Mark, she does have the protection job of the baby he rescues, never letting anyone or anything get near them. Bojana Novakovic gives us the strong fighting in this role, while letting the action stars take centre stage. Sua is a fighter in Laos that the survivors meet, he doesn’t like Americans, but when it comes to fighting back, he will not stop fighting to save his people. Iko Uwais is one of the best modern day action stars, here he shows us just why he is so popular. We do get to meet other survivors along the way, each person will have their part to play in the fight for survival, giving this film a more flushed out cast of characters to support.

StoryThe story here follows a different group of survivors who are looking to fight back against the alien invasion, this time diving more into what we learnt from the first film, leading to a bigger battle against the alien invaders. This might well start in the same manner, with the idea of an everyday problem being discussed before the alien invasion, but the fighting back feels bigger, we learn more about what is going on within the alien world too. While the world created does feel bigger, it does however fall into nearly everything we have seen before when it comes to fighting off an alien invasion, with one big mystery which is the most focal point of the film, the baby’s growth.

ThemesBeyond Skyline still maintains the brilliant special effects created to make each attack look the way it does, keeping up the blinding light to strike fear into people too. For the horror, it does seem to drop more into the pure sci-fi action, with big fights, futuristic weapons and big monsters, everything you could see coming if you want a movie to move on a build on its universe. The change of setting is interesting too, with the idea that an ancient temple will be based against the futuristic aliens.

Beyond Skyline does develop the characters a lot better, continues to have strong special effects, but loses some of the unique aspects of the story.

All About Sex – Release News

Signature Entertainment presents All About Sex on Digital Platforms 26th July

Synopsis: Join Morgan, Casey and Sage in the sizzling, provocative and hilarious All About Sex. Three friends in their mid-20s navigate their professional and personal lives in the big city as they collide head on with the messy, hilarious and sometimes dreadful growing pains of adulthood. Written and directed by, as well as starring Dakota Gorman (Teen Wolf), All About Sex also stars Natalee Linez (Siren).

Trigger Point – Release News

Signature Entertainment presents Trigger Point on Digital Platforms 12th July

Synopsis: One man, one grudge and a target on his back. Disgraced U.S Secret Agent Nicolas Shaw is pulled out of hiding one last time into a world of death and espionage. With his skills put to the ultimate test and a small window of time to save a former colleague, Nicolas must resort to desperate measures in order to complete one last mission. Barry Pepper (The Green Mile, Saving Private Ryan)  takes the lead in this masterclass of action-suspense in TRIGGER POINT.

A Quiet Place Part II (2021) Movie Review

A Quiet Place Part 2 – Atmospheric World Builder

Director: John Krasinski

Writer: John Krasinski (Screenplay) Scott Beck, Bryan Woods (Characters)

Starring: Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Cillian Murphy, Noah Jupe, Djimon Hounsou, John Krasinski

Plot: Following the events at home, the Abbott family now face the terrors of the outside world. Forced to venture into the unknown, they realize the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats lurking beyond the sand path.

Tagline – Silence Isn’t Enough

Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: A Quiet Place Part II starts in the aftermath of the first film with Evelyn (Blunt) needing to guide her children Regan (Simmonds), Marcus (Jupe) and new born baby boy to a new place for safety, which will guide them towards one of the flames from the valley.

The flame is home to town friend Emmett (Murphy) who has his own stories from the time since the invasion and reluctantly helps the family find a new place for safety.

Thoughts on A Quiet Place Part II

Characters & Performances – Evelyn is the mother that must guide her children to safety, still injured and recovering from childbirth, she will risk her own life to make sure they remain safe through the film. Knowing the new weapon against the creatures, she is prepared to come out of just hiding now. Emily Blunt is great in her role, even if she seems to step away from the leading role more. Regan is the eldest daughter, she is deaf, which makes her used to the world of silence, she is still wanting to follow in her father’s footsteps to become the one to lead the family to safety, she will become the leading figure in the film, with her side of the story being the most interesting. Millicent Simmonds truly shines in this role, she is by far the best part of the film with ease. Emmett is the friend from the town, he has been alone for a while, creating his own safety place within the world, he is reluctant to help the family and shows he will do what he can to make sure the family is safe. Cillian Murphy does bring this reluctant figure to life well, but it is hard to move away from the Jim role from 28 Days Later. Marcus is the middle child of the family, he has always struggled with pressure and it continues to show here, even making him the most annoying character in the film. Noah Jupe does well with the character, it does just feel like it is written weakly.

StoryThe story here continues to follow the Abbott family after the attack they have just been through by the hands of the creatures, they need to find a new place for safety, one which will see them stepping out of their comfort zone to the world they haven’t seen change. This is a story that is good at continuing the ideas of needing to find safety, gets split into two main events going on, which always seem to be connected to what is going on. This might bring great tension, but it does feel like we could have a lot more depth into each sequence, a lot of the story does feel rushed and ends up feeling like a squashed down television series, rather than a bigger picture movie. The film does use the silence to cover up the need for any extra dialogue, which is part of the point of the film, but it does seem to take away just how the world building is being constructed.

ThemesA Quiet Place Part II continues to use the world of silence to create a world filled with tension and horrors, because any noise will bring the complete chaos from the creatures, gone has the mystery about the creatures, we look to focus on the human factor, looking at different places for safety. The locations are still used very well to create the atmosphere we are experience through the film, making it a joy to watch from the edge of your seat.

A Quiet Place Part II is a great sequel that takes us on the next chapter of the story for the family in a world they now know nothing about.

Prey – Coming to Amazon Prime

Signature Entertainment presents Prey on Amazon Prime Video 9th July

SynopsisPrey is a mysterious and gory chiller from horror powerhouse Blumhouse Productions the team behind Get OutUsThe PurgeSinister and Insidious.  Toby (Logan MillerLoveSimon), a high school senior struggling with behavioural problems, is placed on an uninhabited island in order to improve his ways. However, despite being told he is in isolation, he soon realizes he is not alone, teaming up with Madeleine (Kristine FrosethApostle), as they are pursued by a deadly entity. Reminiscent of cult hits Donnie Darko and Lost – is a mind-bending and disturbing new shocker. Prey for your life! Starring Logan MillerKristine Froseth and Joelene Anderson. Directed by horror maestro Franck Khalfoun (Maniac, P2).