- Arc Fatigue: Most of the movie is spent with the characters running around a building and getting killed, the plot going nowhere until the end.
- Audience-Alienating Premise: Pun-aside, anyone who's aware how the movie ends will most likely look away.
- Cliché Storm: One of the major critiques of the film.
- Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Literally nothing goes right for our heroes. In the end, they either die or they get harvested into brain-powered war machines or used in breeding farms for more brains. Either way you swing it, the human race is doomed from the start.
- Eight Deadly Words: The movie focuses on a very bland cast who largely exist just to get killed. And the entire plot revolves around them running around a building.
- Idiot Ball: The groups initial plan to head to the yacht, since the aliens aren't over the water. Because a single boat on the water wouldn't be an obvious target to a race that have machines that can fly!
- Moment of Awesome: The drone attack on the aliens. Everything the air strike in Independence Day should have been.
- Narm: The Slow "NO!" scene. It's...cheesy.
- Nightmare Fuel:
- Every single "monster" out in the street is being controlled by the repurposed brain of what just a day or so ago was a human.
- Which potentially means that the alien machine in the underground parking garage could have been the old guy with the dog upstairs.
- The scene with thousand of screaming people being sucked up by the ships.
- Paranoia Fuel: Shiploads of it in the trailer.
- One-Scene Wonder: The Stealth Bomber is generally agreed upon to be the coolest scene in the movie. Some people have even commented that the Stealth Bomber was the best character in the movie!
- Special Effect Failure: If you look closely the first time Turk, er, Terry shoots at the lock, literally nothing happens to the door.
- Squick: The aliens in everything they do, but especially the giant, four-legged collectors. They harvest people by grabbing them with a tentacle that shoots out from their feet. Once caught in the foot, the victim is forced inside by all four equidistant toes shoving them in with a sickening crunch.
- Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Beyond Skyline was this, getting generally positive reviews and with many critics saying it was a vast improvement over the original movie. Unfortunately, that wasn't enough to save it at the box office.
- The Un-Twist: So a hyper advanced race of aliens invade Earth, decimate our defenses, rip our military forces apart and begin abducting humanity because their batteries are running out of juice. How will our race defend our right to survive and prevail against this evil force? We don't.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
- One of the brain-powered death machines regaining its humanity and fighting to overthrow the monsters who threaten to do this to everyone on Earth? What a great story! ... Wait, that was just the last five minutes? Crap.
- Editing out the characters and focusing entirely on the military, media coverage, and other humans getting caught makes for a fairly interesting visual story of mankind's struggle to survive and fight back.
- Visual Effects of Awesome: Most of the film's 10 million dollar budget went into the effects. It shows.
YMMV / Skyline