Second Skin (2000)
from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
is the usual noir formula where nothing is what it pretends to
Bookstore owner is
visited by woman looking for a job. He turns her down. As she leaves
his shop, she is hit by a car, and the accident causes her to get
Amnesia is probably
my second favorite corny plot device after the evil twin.
Anyway, he's not
really a book store owner, she doesn't really have amnesia.
|She has a
boyfriend in town, or is he some guy sent to rein her in from some
job? She seems to have amnesia and not remember the boyfriend, then
she seems to be working with the boyfriend against the bookstore
owner, then she seems to be working with the bookstore owner against
the boyfriend. They all seem to be double-crossing a psychopathic
Cleveland mobster who like to ride in cars where the rich Corinthian
leather is tanned from human skin.
Henstridge was seen naked from behind as she rose from a
bathtub. Here breasts were seen from the side.
all about two million dollars. Nothing is what it seems.
It's just a typical
unremarkable genre film except for
- some very lovely
photography in a few inspired scenes.
- the fact that it
retains an uncompromised, unsentimental tone. Every time you
expect some warmth, it offers another cold-blooded double cross,
right up to the every end. I like it when a genre picture stays in
||It's a disappointment
for some of the people involved:
Director Darryl Roodt
made the excellent South African version of Cry, the Beloved Country
with Richard Harris and James Earl Jones. Actually, he did a good job
on Second Skin as well, but I'm surprised to see him apply his talent
to a project with so little merit.
Angus McFadyen? I
thought he had a real career! I was not only surprised to see him
slumming here, but was shocked that he did it so poorly. He can be and
has been much better than this.
- With their
votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters
score it 4.4. That is too low, in my opinion. It is not
The Maltese Falcon, but it is a watchable genre film. I'd
expect it to score about a point higher.
- With their
dollars ... I don't think it ever got a theatrical
distribution deal. It was produced for $3.5 million, went
straight to cable.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this
description, this film is a C-.
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