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  • Actors: Natasha Henstridge, Angus Macfadyen, Liam Waite, Norman Anstey, Peter Fonda
  • Directors: Darrell Roodt
  • Writers: John Lau
  • Producers: David Lancaster, David Wicht, Jeffrey Morton, Marc Forby, Patrice Theroux
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate/Artisan
  • DVD Release Date: January 9, 2007
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059H6L
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,989 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Second Skin" on IMDb

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Natasha Henstridge smokes a cigarette and hides her eyes behind dark glasses while coolly sizing up her next assignment, and then launches into action. Is she a femme fatale, or merely a hard-boiled fiction fan looking for a job in Angus MacFadyen's musty, messy bookstore? Before we can find out, she's clipped in a hit and run and wakes up with amnesia. Or is it just a ruse, and if so, why? Of course nothing is as it seems in this sleek, slick, modern film noir. MacFadyen has an awful lot of money for a man who actively dissuades browsers and buyers from his store; Henstridge is shadowed by a couple of menacing-looking characters; and somewhere in the back of it all a creepy Peter Fonda is pulling the strings as a calmly meticulous and coldly ruthless crime boss. Darrell James Roodt directs this twisting tale of secret identities, double crosses, hidden pasts, and concealed loyalties with all the grit and depth of a fashion layout: it's handsome but hollow. Thankfully there's the criminally underrated Henstridge at the center of all the mysteries, a sexy, assured, riveting presence who gives weight to the film's most enigmatic character. Perhaps it's not so hard after all to understand loner MacFadyen risking his present for a future with the fiery, dangerous Henstridge. --Sean Axmaker

Customer Reviews

If you like a slow moving plot that builds tension with twists and turns, this is the movie for you.
Scott A. Kurtz
Through a very well articulated mechanism of dark loyalties and hard to believe solidarities, the viewer will be engaged progressively in this drama.
Hiram Gomez Pardo
It definitely lived up to the film noir tradition, in that no one is who they seem to be and no one is an innocent party.
Abby Barr

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Hiram Gomez Pardo HALL OF FAME on June 17, 2005
Format: DVD
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.
Highly recommended.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Brianton on November 21, 2002
Format: DVD
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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 25, 2002
Format: DVD
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.
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This dark mystery/thriller begins well enough, but it gets increasingly implausible until by the end it loses most of its credibility. Crystal Ball (Natasha Henstridge) walks into a second hand bookstore owned by Sam Kane (Angus MacFadyen) ostensibly to apply for a job. Upon leaving, she is hit by a car. Sam takes her to the hospital and cares for her while she recovers. The impact causes her to lose her memory, so she doesn't know who she is or where she lives. The two fall in love and then Crystal suddenly remembers that she was sent by Merv Gutman (Peter Fonda) to kill Sam because Merv thinks Sam stole money from him. The film goes through a number of gyrations including confrontations between Crystal and her boyfriend Tommy G (Liam Waite), Crystal and Merv, Sam and Tommy G, Sam and Merv, Crystal and Sam, etc., etc.
The plot has a few interesting twists, but the dialogue is banal and many of the scenes drag. However, for a film made on a $3.5 Million budget, director Darrell Roodt delivers some excellent photography and shows himself to be talented at creating powerful imagery.
If there are two things that stand out from this film, they are the talents of Roodt and Henstridge. Roodt gives the images style and richness with interesting perspective shots and a number of beautiful location shots. I'd like to see him get a more prominent project where he can put his talents to work. Natasha Henstridge carries the film with an excellent performance that should portend a shot at meatier roles in the future. Her striking appearance and superior acting ability is made even more obvious playing against journeyman Angus MacFadyen, whose performance here helps validate his relegation to supporting roles throughout his career.
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I loved this movie! It definitely lived up to the film noir tradition, in that no one is who they seem to be and no one is an innocent party. I was drawn into the movie from the very beginning. The characters were entirely believable, from Natasha Henstridge as the femme fatale "mystery woman," to Angus MacFadyen as the owner of a used bookstore who is harboring a dark secret, to Peter Fonda as the ruthless crime lord who is out for revenge following the death of his wife and money that was stolen from him. Just when you think you have everything figured out, you're thrown a curve ball that puts you back at square one. The movie will keep you guessing until the very end -- a twist of events so surprising that I had to rewind it and watch it again.
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If you like a slow moving plot that builds tension with twists and turns, this is the movie for you. I didn't even know Peter Fonda was in it and he plays a deliciously evil mastermind. What fun!
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brief plot: a used-book store owner's life starts to gets interesting when a mysterious woman enters his life. She is hit by a car and, when recovering consciousness, has a case of amnesia. The store owner falls in love with her.

things get complicated when they both try to re-trace her life history. They find her apartment, and a sack full of cash as well inside it. He soon suspects that she is hiding something, but he has secrets of his own..

personal comments: I'm a fan of Natasha Henstridge, so I'm a little biased in favor of this film. Having said that, the plot twists and turns keep the viewer guessing, and a brief appearance by Peter Fonda adds to the quality of the film.

*recommended viewing*
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