Skyline is a 2010 alien invasion science fiction film directed and produced by the Brothers Strause. The film was released on November 12, 2010. It stars Eric Balfour, Scottie Thompson, Donald Faison, and David Zayas. The Brothers Strause assert that Skyline is the first film in a series, which will include at least one other film.
Jarrod (Eric Balfour), an artist, and his girlfriend Elaine (Scottie Thompson) have flown to Los Angeles for Jarrod's best friend Terry's (Donald Faison) birthday party. They spend the night celebrating with Terry's girlfriend, Candice (Brittany Daniel), and his assistant, Denise (Crystal Reed). During the party, one of Terry's employees, Ray (Neil Hopkins), welcomes Jarrod to L.A., thinking he has moved there to join Terry's special effects company. During a private argument about whether or not they should move to L.A., Elaine reveals that she is pregnant.
Early the next morning, bright blue lights descend from the sky, entrancing anyone who looks at them. The light turns their eyes milky white and makes blood vessels stand out on the skin. Captive in the light, immobilized humans are taken up by the machines. Ray suffers this fate, but Jarrod is saved when Terry tackles him. Jarrod returns to normal shortly after. He and Terry decide to investigate the light from the roof of the highrise, where they see several alien ships descend over the blue lights and vacuum up thousands of entranced people. Locked out on the roof, they are almost captured by flying machines, but Elaine opens the door from inside. She is temporarily mesmerized, but Jarrod saves her.
Back in the apartment Jarrod argues that open water would be a safer place than Terry's condo: there are no machines over the sea. All present attempt to reach the marina by car, splitting into two groups: Terry and Denise the one, Candice, Jarrod, and Elaine the other. On the way out they meet a couple, Colin (J. Paul Boehmer) and Jen (Tanya Newbould), also attempting to flee the building. Terry's car is the first to leave. It is stomped flat in the exit by a massive walking lifeform. It kills Denise. Terry who escaped the car attempts to make it back into the garage but is taken. The survivors flee into the garage where they encounter a squid-like lifeform. It takes Colin. It corners the rest of the group, then suddenly the building's concierge, Oliver (David Zayas), slams into it with an SUV. Colin is still alive inside the 'squid.' As the group tries to free him, the machine comes to life again, sucks out Colin's brain, which glows blue, and inserts the organ into its head. Jen also is taken as the group retreats back into the building.
The next day, the United States Air Force launches an attack on the spaceships using drone aircraft. Only one stealth drone gets through, and launches a nuclear-tipped missile at largest ship. The detonation rips the ship apart and it falls, but as the mushroom cloud later clears it then slowly begins to repair itself. Each part of the fallen ship acts in accordance with all others, further blurring the distinction between machine and lifeform. After telling only Elaine that the mesmerizing light made him feel powerful and that he still has that power, Jarrod becomes adamant that safety must be found outside. Oliver wants to stay in and tries to restrain him. Jarrod's eyes turn milky and his veins start to show again: he lifts Oliver off the floor one-handed. He vows that no one will stop him from protecting his family.
Military helicopters come in and insert squads of soldiers. Jarrod and Elaine go to the roof hoping to ride a helicopter to safety. Oliver and Candice still hide in the penthouse, but they are found. Candice is enthralled by the blue light and absorbed; Oliver sacrifices himself in an attempt to burn up a machine. The army is thrown off the roof by the aliens and one of the small machine / lifeforms attacks Jarrod and Elaine. Together, they kill it, but with Jarrod badly hurt, both are hopelessly trapped when the other aliens have defeated the military and begin approaching them. Resigned to their fate, they look up into the blue light, they embrace and are sucked up.
New York City, London, Hong Kong, and Las Vegas have all fallen prey to the invading machines. There seems to be no stopping the invasion.
Inside the alien spacecraft, Elaine wakes up in an eerie blue gloom on a gory pile of lifeless human bodies. Tubes are sucking human brains into machine husks with humanoid exterior, animating them; probes go through the pile looking for what they can find. Elaine sees Jarrod in the pile but has to watch helplessly as his brain is removed from his body. She herself is spared when a probe finds that she is pregnant. Elaine is transported to another chamber where all the pregnant human women are being sent and Jarrod's brain, glowing red in all of the blue, is inserted into a humanoid.
Animating the alien body, Jarrod seems to retain control, and comes to the aid of Elaine and their unborn child. The movie ends with a series of still images between the credits that depict "Jarrod" protecting Elaine and their child from other aliens. Eventually Jarrod defeats them, picks his girlfriend up, and runs off with her.