Skylines (2020)

The third installment of Liam O’Donnell’s sci-fi/action saga is a hell of film in which those who enjoyed Jiu Jitsu are bound to love this one as well.

It has been 15 years since Rose, the young girl who was able to bring a sense of peace between the aliens and the human race, emerged. Five years ago, in an attempt to overpower the evil alien faction, was forced to sacrifice a group of human warriors hellbent to keep the peace. Feeling guilty about what had happened, Rose has gone into hiding but is found in London, where she helps a band of resistance fighters who fear the next attack may hit home.

Rose has learned a virus has hit home and it is set to cause another massive war between aliens and the hybrids, a race that includes Rose and her adopted brother Trent. She agrees to join Leon, who is tasked with protecting her, and meet General Radford. Radford has learned of an alien core that is home to the virus, but it is located on the outskirts of the galaxy. Rose joins Leon, Commander Owens, Izzy, and Zhi onboard a ship to retrieve the core while in London, the benevolent Doctor and her close friends attempt to prepare for war if the mission is unsuccessful.

Following 2010’s Skyline and 2017’s Beyond Skyline, Liam O’Donnell knew exactly how to close out this trilogy, which combines the sci-fi element of alien invasion with some major butt kicking action. Where Beyond Skyline had brief mention of the events of the 2010 film, this film is a direct sequel to Beyond Skyline as the opening minutes bring back the events of the film as well as give us an update on the now adult Rose, played by Lindsey Morgan.

Jonathan Howard’s Leon is in a forced situation to ally himself with Rose and her brother Trent, now played by a suit-wearing Jeremy Fitzgerald (replacing Jonny Weston from Beyond Skyline) with talking in alien language with English subtitles during his conversations with Rose. Leon has a bit of no ill-will towards Trent because he is now an alien with a human mind while Rose is a human with alien powers. Alexander Siddig is excellent as General Radford, the leader of the space mission who has a sense of predictability in terms of what to expect in this type of mission. However, that’s not even the half of it.

It is great to keep seeing former 90’s action star Daniel Bernhardt, here playing the badass Commander Owens. He is a military officer who follows commands but helps motivate Rose to help with the mission. He’s rooting for her to help complete the mission. And those who want to see Bernhardt fight will get that chance. He has a stellar fight scene that is reminiscent of the 80’s and 90’s Hong Kong style action and that’s all-in part to co-star and fight coordinator Cha-Lee Yoon from Germany’s Reel Deel Stunt Team. This is one of Bernhardt’s best fight scenes in his prolific film career. Bernhardt has a second fight scene in the film, but in contrasting, is more of a Hollywood style fight scene making it quite refreshing to see one man do two different styles of film fighting in the same film! And as if that’s not crazy enough, wait til you see who appears during the big fight scene in London because even I was surprised. Hint: He does appear in Beyond Skyline.

Skylines is a freaking great “final” installment of Liam O’Donnell’s sci-fi action saga. The cast is top notch, a great story, and some major butt kicking action. Notice the quotes on final…could this really be the final installment? One will have to wait and find out.

WFG RATING: A

Vertical Entertainment presents a Hydraulx production in association with A Gifflar Films Ltd., Lip Sync Productions, and Artbox Fasten Films. Director: Liam O’Donnell. Producers: Matthew E. Chausse, Liam O’Donnell, Colin Strause, and Greg Strause. Writers: Liam O’Donnell and Matthew E. Chausse. Cinematography: Alain Duplantier. Editing: Barrett Heathcote.

Cast: Lindsey Morgan, Jonathan Howard, Jeremy Fitzgerald, Daniel Bernhardt, Alexander Siddig, Rhona Mitra, James Cosmo, Ieva Andrejevaite, Samantha Jean, Cha-Lee Yoon, Phong Giang.

Vertical Entertainment will release SKYLINES in select Theaters, Drive-ins, On Demand and Digital December 18th.

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