It has been fifteen years since Planet Earth witnessed the beginning of an alien invasion from the sky. The world became a battlefield with aliens vs human and in the end only a small number of survivors still roam the earth. Continuing on from the second instalment titled Beyond: Skyline which was released in 2017, the film gives its audience a brief narration and rundown of the events from the previous two instalments. We are reminded of a young girl named Rose, who was born on an alien spacecraft with alien-like abilities.
In the present day, Earth is now threatened by a virus, and young Rose from the previous film is now a fully grown adult. Rose (played by Lindsey Morgan) is on the run, being hunted by Mercenaries for hire and is shortly captured. But when Rose is questioned after being caught, she soon learns that she was hunted down for a significant reason. Rose is needed for one last mission with the hope to save the world and is put in charge of a group of skilled mercenaries. This mission requires the group to travel to a blue planet and retrieve a mysterious item called The Armada Drive. But upon arrival on the new world, Rose and the team make some significant discoveries including new creatures which threaten the group one by one along with other reveals about the alien war on earth.
Fun fact- director Liam O’Donnell returned to direct this third instalment along with writing it. This is also the same director and writer who completed the second instalment and was able to turn the Skyline franchise in a more positive direction. While watching this third instalment, it is pretty evident that the director has a passion for this franchise and a love for creating excellent sci-fi.
Unlike the other two previous films, this new instalment welcomes more humour, including cheesy dialogue, especially from the mercenaries which Rose must lead into battle. Once again, the film also brings in a few action sequences along with brainless fight scenes, all of which felt similar to the second feature. Thankfully, Skylines differs from the rest as it introduces a new type of plot and gives conclusion to everything that has been built up. It even brings in some hard-core violence and gore, which I found unexpected.
Overall, Skylines as a third instalment delivers what I generally expected. It is a brainless sci-fi film along with cheesy characters, cheesy dialogue, and predictable outcomes. Having seen all three films, this is undoubtedly a pleasing instalment thanks to the new and expanded plot and story. Sci-fi effects and visuals are positive, and I am confident that many fans of sci-fi will enjoy this feature. The plot is quite different when compared to the other two movies, and I am also thankful that the director was able to aim for something different to make this film stand out from the rest along with continuing the story. Naturally, this comes recommended for those who enjoyed the Skyline series along with other B-grade sci-fi films.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden