When the population of Los Angeles is sucked off the face of the earth, Detective Mark Corley (Frank Grillo) storms his way onto an alien ship to rescue his estranged son. After the ship crashes in Southeast Asia, Mark must forge an alliance with a band of survivors to discover the key to saving his son and taking back the planet once and for all.
I had no intention of watching two Frank Grillo movies in a row, in fact I had no clue he was even in this film, a film that I was only watching to see what kind of a trainwreck it would turn out to be. It’s a sequel to an absolutely horrid movie that I didn’t like at all, but I watched in theaters nearly eight years ago. Maybe it wasn’t actually as bad as I remember it, but there’s a huge different between a movie you pay $15 to see and a movie that’s included in your $15 a month Netflix subscription.
My point is, this movie is about as stupid as the first one, but due to Frank Grillo, the improvement of low budget movie graphics, and I assume a sizable grant to film on the same sets as The Scorpion King 4, I don’t have the same low opinion of Beyond Skyline as I do of the original film. Sure, they’re literally punching the aliens to death (after using guns and rockets, but failing), but that’s just what happens when you get the same stunt team as The Raid or Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Sure, the heroin chemist in the dank dark tunnels has a DNA sequencer and can merge human and alien blood, but that’s to be expected, right? Maybe the giant mechs were a step too far, but truly, is there any step with a movie that can be considered “too far”?
My favorite line from the movie makes no sense at all:
“we did more than just survived, we evolved”.