"Skyline" is an outlandishly awful excuse for a movie about aliens from outer space.

People not only groaned at the end of this monstrosity, but one guy in the audience was so angry that he actually began to swear, verbalizing in an R-rated sort of way what so many of us felt as we growled our way out of the theater.

Truly, this is a Syfy cable TV film that's too rotten for that channel. Why it was released on the big screen is something I can only guess at. Maybe the producers figured they could get people into theaters if they showed spaceships in the sky. Honestly, I didn't think this would be a great movie, but I had no idea at the lack of quality I was about to see unfold.

The setting is modern-day Los Angeles, and the characters are good-looking young people who happen to be together when, very early in the morning, spaceships begin appearing over the city. The ships emit a strange blue light that seems to hypnotize those who look at it for very long. Soon, their veins begin to pop out and their eyes cloud over.

This happens to one of the guys in the group when he stares at one of the craft too long. Soon, the others (I'm not naming characters here because they simply don't matter. You might recognize Donald Faison as Terry and David Zayas as Oliver, but none of these actors is a household name.) begin to realize something dangerous is going on.

They use a telescope to watch events unfold outside, and they see people literally being sucked up into the spacecraft. They also see smaller craft being released and some nasty-looking aliens that go on a rampage while seeking human brains, which they consume. An older man and a cute little dog that's nearby also are hunted down (no surprise to anyone who's ever seen a science-fiction movie).

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The computer-generated imagery is about one level above what you can see every day on Syfy. It's nothing that hasn't been done before. There's a possible nod to a scene from "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" in which Kirk Douglas's character chops off a sea monster's tentacle with a fire ax. (This might have been a coincidence because I'm not sure these filmmakers have seen anything as classic as that show.)

I'm giving it a half-star for the little dog, the only character I cared about in this horrible movie.