Beyond Skyline

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Beyond Skyline
Theatrical release poster
Directed byLiam O'Donnell
Written byLiam O'Donnell
Based onCharacters
by Joshua Cordes
Liam O'Donnell
Produced by
CinematographyChristopher Probst
Edited by
  • Sean Albertson
  • Banner Gwin
Music byNathan Whitehead
  • Hydraulx
  • North Hollywood Films
  • Infinite Frameworks Studios
  • Mothership Pictures
Distributed byVertical Entertainment
Release dates
  • October 14, 2017 (2017-10-14) (TADFF)
  • December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15) (United States)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$14 million[1]
Box office$992,181 [2][3]

Beyond Skyline is a 2017 American science fiction action film written, co-produced and directed by Liam O'Donnell in his directorial debut. It stars Frank Grillo, Bojana Novakovic, Jonny Weston, Iko Uwais, Callan Mulvey, Yayan Ruhian, Pamelyn Chee, Betty Gabriel, and Antonio Fargas. It is the sequel to the 2010 film Skyline and the second installment in the Skyline film series, set concurrently with the events of the first film.

The film was released on December 15, 2017 in the United States by Vertical Entertainment. Unlike its critically panned predecessor, Beyond Skyline received mixed reviews, with several critics calling it an improvement over the original.


Taking place at the same time as Skyline, Mark Corley, a Los Angeles police detective, helps his estranged son, Trent, out of jail just as an alien invasion begins. Much of the city's population is taken up into various spaceships by a blue light. Mark leads a group of surviving humans through underground subway tunnels to escape, though most of the humans are killed or abducted. The survivors, Mark, Trent, transit operator Audrey, and homeless man "Sarge" (who is immune to the blue light due to his blindness), escape to the marina following the city's nuclear destruction, only to be abducted into the alien flagship.

On board, Mark tries to find his son and storms his way into various chambers, where he meets up with survivor Elaine and her transformed husband Jarrod (from the first film). Elaine explains that Jarrod retains control of his mind despite being transformed into a bio-mechanical alien soldier. Though Elaine is only three months pregnant, her pregnancy has accelerated and she gives birth to a daughter.

Elaine dies during the delivery, and Mark and Jarrod team up to destroy the ship by setting alien explosives inside the control systems. When Jarrod is killed fighting the alien leader, Mark rescues Audrey but is too late to save his son. Trent has his brain taken and placed in another alien bio-mechanical machine creature. The dying Jarrod destroys the ship, which crashes in rural Laos.

Mark, Audrey, Sarge and the baby escape from the spaceship which starts to repair itself. Sarge dies from his wounds shortly after the group meets Sua and his sister Kanya, who belong to a drug cartel and fight against both aliens and local rogue ex-policemen bandits. While trekking through the jungle, they discover that the human baby grows at an accelerated rate, from an infant into a three-year-old in just one day. Sua and Kanya lead the rest to a hidden human resistance hideout located in local ruins. In addition, the leader of the rogue policemen, Huana, intercepts them but is disarmed and captured by Sua.

Harper, a medical officer and former drug chemist, examines the baby girl and learns about her unique DNA. He believes her blood may be the key to defeating the aliens. Using the child's blood and recovered alien technology, Harper develops the serum that he believes will free the bio-mechanical soldiers from alien control and restore their human personalities.

While on a patrol, Kanya encounters an alien and sacrifices herself by luring it into an old minefield left over from the Vietnam war. The ensuing explosion destroys the alien, but gives away their location to the ships searching for the baby. They converge on the human base. During the resulting battle, several members of the resistance are killed, including Harper. Mark enters an alien ship and uses his serum to turn the mind-controlling blue light into a red light that frees the mind-controlled soldiers. Before he can deploy it, the aliens attack and rip out the cannon containing the light. Sua frees a jailed Huana so that he can fight for the resistance. Mark, Audrey, Sua and Huana then make a last stand to fight back the aliens.

Trent, his mind restored after encountering his father, also fights back. During the battle, the child fixes the cannon, which Trent uses to kill the alien leader and release the red light, freeing the bio-mechanical soldiers. With Earth saved, Audrey names the girl Rose after Mark's deceased wife.

Ten years later, Rose, now a fully-grown adult, has taken control of an alien ship, and Trent is her second-in-command. Rose leads freed bio-mechanical soldiers and humans in an assault on the other alien ships around the Moon, including the mothership.


  • Frank Grillo[4] as Mark Corley, a detective, Trent's father, and Rose's adoptive father
  • Bojana Novakovic as Audrey, an LA transit worker
  • Jonny Weston as Trent Corley, Mark’s estranged son and Rose's adoptive brother[5]
  • Callan Mulvey as Harper, a doctor of the human resistance
  • Iko Uwais as Sua, the leader of an underground human resistance[6]
  • Pamelyn Chee as Kanya, the sister of Sua
  • Yayan Ruhian[7] as Huana, a militia leader
  • Betty Gabriel as Jones, an LA cop
  • Antonio Fargas as Sarge, a blind homeless man
  • Jacob Vargas as Garcia, a police officer and friend of Mark
  • Lindsey Morgan as Cpt. Rose, leader of the resistance, Mark's adoptive daughter, and Trent's adoptive sister and daughter of the late Jarrod and Elaine.
  • Samantha Jean as Elaine, a captive woman and the biological mother of Rose (originally played by Scottie Thompson in the previous Skyline film)
  • Tony Black as Jarrod in a flashback. (originally played by Eric Balfour in the previous Skyline film)


In November 2014, Variety announced that Iko Uwais would join the cast, alongside Frank Grillo, Bojana Novakovic, and Yayan Ruhian. Liam O’Donnell wrote the script for the film, also wrote the script for the first film, will now direct as well as produce with Greg and Colin Strause serving as producers also.[8][dubious ] The Strause Brothers were the directors of the first film, Skyline. Matthew Chausse will also produce. Uwais and Ruhian will also serve as fight choreographers on the film.[7]

The film's visual effects and production were done by Hydraulx.[9]


Principal photography began in December 2014, with shooting in Yogyakarta and Batam, Indonesia. and Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[10][11][6][12] The finale of the film was shot in the Indonesian Prambanan temple complex, though the script suggests that it is located in Laos.[13][14]


The first film had a PG-13 rating but the sequel was given an R rating by the MPAA. On Alien Day 2017, set photos were released to show what the aliens in Beyond Skyline looked like for the sequel. The first trailer was released on August 16, 2017. The film premiered at Sitges Film Festival October 8, 2017. The film went on to screen at several genre film festivals including Toronto After Dark, Trieste Science+Fiction, Austin Other Worlds, Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival, Rio Grind Vancouver, and was the closing night film at the inaugural Cinepocalypse in Chicago on November 9. Beyond Skyline was released on VOD and Digital on December 15, 2017, and on DVD and Blu-Ray on January 8, 2018.[15]


As of December 2020, the film holds a 67% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 21 reviews with an approval rating of 5.50 out of 10.[16] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 46 out of 100, based on 8 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[17]


A third film, Skylines, again directed by O'Donnell and produced by the Strause brothers, was released on December 18, 2020.


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  11. ^ Bojana Novakovic (December 22, 2014). "Shhh. The set's asleep. #BeyondSkyline @ Prambanan Temple, Yogyakarta, Indonesia". Bojana Novakovic's Verified Twitter. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  12. ^ Howard, Kirsten (December 13, 2017). "Liam O'Donnell interview: Skyline, Beyond Skyline". Dennis Publishing. Retrieved December 28, 2017. ... Once we landed Frank [Grillo] in the fall of 2014, we had to shoot pretty quickly because he had so many other projects in his schedule. So we started production in December...we finished everything in Toronto, the only place in North America you can shoot on real subway tracks, in May 2015.
  13. ^ Wira, Ni Nyoman (November 1, 2017). "Uwais-Ruhiyan duo at it again in 'Beyond Skyline'". Retrieved December 28, 2017. The film was shot in Toronto in Canada, and Batam and Yogyakarta in Indonesia, including at Prambanan temple.
  14. ^ Knight, Jacob (December 19, 2017). "BEYOND SKYLINE Review: Frank Grillo Destroys All Monsters". Retrieved December 28, 2017. ...cinematographer Christopher Probst (Mindhunter) stops to admire the fact that he's shooting a good chunk of this movie in Indonesia (standing in for Laos)... setting the humans' final stand against this invading, grey matter sucking horde on the steps of Yogyakarta's Prambanan Temples.
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