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Second Skin (DVD)

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Genre: Crime & Thriller - Thriller / Theatrical Release: 2000 / Director: Gerardo Vera / Actors: Javier Bardem, Jordi Mollà ... / DVD released 15 April, 2003 at New Yorker Video / Features of the DVD: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen

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      31.07.2001 03:55

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      Second Skin is an insulting waste of time that, should you be masochistic enough to watch it, will leave you enraged and in pain. Fonda, as Merv Gutman, proves himself to be yet another bloke cashing a cheque. He infuses his role, as a wealthy psychopath who has a penchant for tanning exotic skins, with so little energy and enthusiasm that it’s just embarrassing. And Henstridge, who, bless her heart, must contend with some of the worst dialogue ever, plays Crystal Ball (I’m not kidding), a woman with a mysterious past who crosses paths with a used bookstore owner, who also has a mysterious past. They quickly move from wince-inducing, cliché ridden exchanges to alternating bouts of abuse and sex. It’s not only the dialogue that’s hackneyed, as no clichéd plot device is ignored in this horrifying mess. I won’t even list them, as that would be almost as stultifyingly boring as seeing them played out onscreen. Adding insult to injury, Mr. Roodt employs useless, pointless rhythm-jarring stylistic gimmicks that do nothing but subtract impact from scenes that are bereft of any meaning in the first place. For instance, when Sam Kane, the bookstore owner, tells Crystal the fate of his first wife, the conversation apparently takes place not once, but simultaneously in three different locations at three different times. This delightful effect is achieved through the miracle of irritating jump cuts and multiple takes. It’s a scene so stupid and ludicrous it needs to be seen to be believed, but please, don’t go near this slagheap of a movie. It barely even bears mentioning that there is no apparent motivation or grounding for the characters’ actions, and that the movie’s twist ending has no resonance and makes little sense. I’ve had the misfortune of watching a lot of bad movies; this humourless junker is among the worst of the worst

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