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Monday, November 26, 2012

In Their Skin: Movie Review.




In Their Skin.

Cast: Selma Blair, James D'Arcy

Writer: Joshua Close

Director:  Jeremy Power Regimbal

** and a 1/2 *'s out of four





Most home invasion movies have very simple plots.  A group of bad guys break into someones home and either want to rob them or kill them.  The invaders in this story want to kill their victims no doubt, but not before they learn how to become them.  That and also the fact that they look like a typical family makes their quest that much more disturbing.


The Story follows a family (Selma Blair, Joshua Close, Quinn Lord) as they go to their cottage to spend some nice quality time together.  One morning the father notices another family (James D'Arcy, Rachel Miner,Alex Ferris) putting wood outside their door.  They all seem quite nice so the father of the house invites them over for dinner that night.  While the other family is there they begin asking a lot of  questions to to the members of the household in hopes of  finding out more information so that they can act more like them.  When their son attacks the other one's they are asked to leave, but after doing so.  They come back with the strong will to kill them all and take over their lives.


I found the concept of this to be pretty chilling and there are really good performances from James D'Arcy as well as Alex Ferris who plays his son.  They are both very scary characters and I could see them having their own movie.  Sort of like a father and son road comedy, but with murder.   It has a lot of good tension in certain scenes like when the father goes out looking for a cell phone he left in the car.  It also had a few surprises that I enjoyed as well.


The only real issue I had with this movie is that while it establishes these characters to not be as dumb as the typical ones you see in movies like this.  They end up doing some really stupid things.  I counted at least two moments where this shit could have ended right away, but they don't do it.  I know this had to be done  to keep the movie going longer, but it irritated  me.


"In Their Skin" plays out like "The Strangers" meets "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and just for the idea alone it gets a high recommendation but just for the movie itself.  It only deserves a rental.





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