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The first trailer for Skyline has arrived and here’s the thing that surprised me the most: The posters weren’t just metaphorical. If you haven’t seen the poster yet, go here and you’ll see an image which shows people being sucked up into the sky by an alien light. I’d assumed this was just some reference to alien abductions and not actually something that would be happening in the movie. Boy was I wrong. You’ll see exactly that in the movie’s trailers, alien ships sucking people up into the sky like giant vacuums. And here’s the really amazing thing: It doesn’t look stupid. In fact, it looks kind of incredible.

Watch the first trailer for Skyline below or in HD on Apple. See you afterward for more on what it’s all about.

As explained during the movie’s panel at Comic Con, Skyline is “about mass abduction, and it's on a completely global scale. They don't shoot bullets, not laser beams. The way they prey on us is such a simplistic thing.” We definitely saw some of that massive scale in the trailer. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like that on screen before.

The movie’s official synopsis is a little simpler. It seems to make the movie sound more like a Cloverfield clone. It explains the film this way, “After a late night party, a group of friends are awoken in the dead of the night by an eerie light beaming through the window.” But we’ve already seen more of the aliens in this trailer than we saw of the Cloverfield monster in the entire film. I’m hoping for something grander.

What’s really amazing is that the entire film was made on a shoestring, independent film budget. This isn’t some $200 million Hollywood blockbuster. But the effects are pretty impressive anyway.

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