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There's a campy kick to the initiation ceremonies, ancient rituals in dungeonlike alcoves filled with haze and shadow, performed by enthralled frat boys, but as Jackson flounders at the center of a Skull conspiracy it spins into ludicrous melodrama. See the college president become a thug for the Skull godfather! See street punks become high-tech criminal masterminds! See the conspiracy collapse under its own absurdity!
Jackson is pretty much a dud as the well-meaning hero, but Walker, with flashing eyes under furrowed brow, is mesmerizing as a haunted rich kid torn between a ruthless, overbearing father (Craig T. Nelson) and his conscience. Director Rob Cohen drives the film at a galloping pace and fills it with foreboding images, but his humorless solemnity finally buries The Skulls in a heap of clichés. --Sean Axmaker
The movie was well-paced, the acting good for the most part and the plot very well-designed.
I think in the end, with movies like this one, they have to be judged on whether the movie was entertaining or not; and this one was...just barely.
The Skulls is about a secret society that has existed for decades in an Ivy League university.
Paul Walker, the early years. Joshua Jackson before One Tree Hill. Friendship is tested here. Great storyline. "We live by the rules and we die by the rules."Published 3 months ago by Nat Fleming