Joins the film noir greats
Kevin Brianton | Melbourne, Victoria Australia | 11/21/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A small low budget film with little or no publicity could join the noir greats. It has all the classic ingredients - an ice cool blonde, a bad bad gangster, and a savage twist at the end. some really interesting effects from the director with cross and jump cutting. Liked every bit of it.I have not enjoyed a film noir so much since Blood Simple."
Stylish, twisty noir
Kevin Brianton | 02/26/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Second Skin is a very nicely realized contemporary noir tale that is considerably elevated above the usual "cable noir" junk by its beautiful photography, icy score, and the remarkable beauty and underrated acting of Natasha Henstridge, who has never been sexier or more controlled in her performance. The director makes the most of his Cape Town locations, which look enough like the California coast to make you forget this was shot anywhere else. The plot doesn't break much new ground, but it delivers a very surprising final twist. Fans of Henstridge and the genre wont be disappointed."
Top-notch Noir Film!
Hiram Gomez Pardo | Valencia, Venezuela | 06/17/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When you have talent, a good script and remarkable cast, it is almost impossible for you not to triumph, even you make a low budget picture without great and spectacular effects that just only mesmerize to the new generation of teenagers.
There is solid story behind this plot.As you know one of the classical premises of the Noir Films is that nobody is absolutely innocent. That is why many people are beaten by this circumstance.
The presence of the captivating and seductive Natasha Henstridge from the intial shots, coming to the Used Books Tent will open Pandora' box.
Through a very well articulated mechanism of dark loyalties and hard to believe solidarities, the viewer will be engaged progressively in this drama.
A personal tragedy, a love affair, several stolen millions, betrayal and passionate and complex web of facts and events will make of this film one of the most interesting movies in years that I 've seen.
You see something new every time you view it
Prisca | Denver, CO USA | 01/13/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Having never heard of the movie before it was suggested on Netflix, I wasn't sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised by outstanding performances all around.
Angus Macfadyen, who has taken a few hits for his performance, gives a masterfully subtle, nuanced performance as Sam. To compare him to other actors is to compare Baroque to Romance periods of classical music; Romance composers had more wild flair, but Baroque is appreciated in the precision, control and details. Like a Baroque composer, Angus Macfadyen shines in the details. He can show a vast range of emotion simply by raising a brow, tilting his chin, getting a hard look in his eyes. If you aren't accustomed to watching people for these changes and reading those small subtleties of their mannerisms, you miss some of his greatness. A great performance isn't always handed to you. Sometimes you have to be invested in it but a talented actor like Angus Macfadyen makes it well worth the effort. In the end, you find yourself identifying with his character even though he is flawed and has brought much of this on himself with his questionable former life. He takes a character we may not like under other circumstances and makes him someone you are rooting for in the end.
It was a thoroughly engaging movie and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good thriller to add to their DVD library."