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The premise of the Skulls and it's sequel is that we are looking at the
inner workings of one of America's (fictional) secret societies.
Unfortunately because it is a sequel it will be compared to the original.
This film has the same premise as the first film. A young college student who is 'tapped' to become one of the elite of the elite, a problem crops up and there is a lot of running in fear for the life of our hero.
This installment offers up more sexual energy and more likable (and well played )dislikable characters, a few minor changes in casting could have been made. For instance the abundance of overly WASPish pretty boys. Without debating how ethnically diverse secret societies are, I'm sure all the younger members are not all pretty boys.
The story, what little of it was there, does turn the previous movie on it's ear, sort of. Which would have been more refreshing had it had the sence of suspense and wonder of the original and excluded the somewhat rushed-wanna-be-a-cool-plot-twist-but-wasn't ending. Make no mistake though, I am not saying that the first one had a lot of suspense, it just seemed to have more.Unfortunately the performances of the young actors could not bring this movie to life.
All in all, I would recommend it if you are not looking for much depth or story.If you're looking for a movie to satisfy look for something else. I would give it a 3 out of 10.
So, where should I go with this one? I am pretty sure that most can
realize how bad of a film this was without needing me to spell it out
for you, but then some of us do need guides, so here it goes. The
Skulls II is a classic example of a movie company trying to monopolize
on the semi-success of the original. Using the rules of low-budget
sequel making, they get lesser-known actors to replace the better known
actors from the original. They repeat several select scenes that
resemble the original so that the audience doesn't get confused, while
all the while continuing with a similar story from the original. At
first glance, you may not realize that there is a difference between
these two films outside of the grade D actors that are trying to make a
name for themselves. When will Hollywood realize that they need to stop
doing this? The original Skulls film was not a box-office sensation, so
why suck even more money from an already dried well? Then to see that
there is already another film released for those of us that are foaming
at the mouth to get more of this secret society makes me sick. Why
Let me begin by getting the shredder out. The acting was horrible. I mean, I have seen some bad acting in many of the films that I have seen over the years, but that done by Robin Dunne and Nathan West was despicable. It was obvious from the opening sequence that they were more excited about being in a film than the overall quality of the film. This was not a good sign. The only successful task that these young actors did for me was taking me from minute zero to minute ninety-eight. The progressed the film, if that is what you want to call it. Of course, how can you act if you are handed shoddy material anyway? None of these characters were developed or better yet underdeveloped. I would have been happier with underdeveloped characters because I could have blamed the writers, but instead I have found that both are to blame. For lack of a better word, the actors in this film were lazy. They accepted bad parts for money, and that is never a way to boost your career. If you have noticed, these guys haven't gone further with their jobs, and I would be blaming this film if I were them for their lack of good employment.
Another aspect to toss in the shredder is the concept of continuity. When one directs a film, you must possess within your bag of goodness the ability to move the characters from point A to point B fluently. For those of you that have seen this film, you will probably agree with me that director Joe Chappelle did not have this talent. There were so many holes in this story that he tried to fill with scenes from the original that forced Chappelle to shoot himself in the foot. I could not get involved with the plot of this film because one moment the organization was doing something, and the next they were doing something completely the opposite. Perhaps it was the laziness of the characters that opened these holes, but we cannot leave out Chappelle. He should have pushed his team further and used his leadership abilities. I have spoken before that I felt as if the actors were there to collect a paycheck and jump-start their careers, I feel the same about Joe Chappelle. Could he not see the overall awfulness of this film? When did he finally look at the finished product and say, 'We have an Oscar winner here!' If he said this, then I would question Chappelle's ability to direct.
Finally, I would like to make a quick comment about the use of CGI in this film. For those of you who have seen this horrible, horrible film, you probably missed it because of the burning sensation coming from your eyes. It says something about a film when the only use of CGI is on a trashcan. A trashcan being hurled towards a person is a waste of studio money and viewers patience. I laughed hysterically when I saw this because I could see Chappelle getting excited about this scene. What kind of damage could a plastic trash can do to anyone? It is a tough question, and I am thankful that hard-earned money went towards the creation of this piece of cinematic history.
Overall, I have had enough about this organization. For this series to continue, the creators, directors, or film studios will have to completely break the norm and go out on a limb. As I can see from the next one it looks like they have a woman that wants to join the organization. That is not the limb that I am talking about. This (now trilogy) was failed from the beginning, yet the Hollywood recycle factor chose to release it over and over again. It was sad to see these actors and director fail, but it should have been obvious from the beginning when they were handed the direct-to-video release script for The Skulls II. I encourage you to avoid this film at all costs. There is nothing redeemable in it at all.
Grade: * out of *****
Excellent film that is much better than the original. Robin Dunne has so much more appeal than Joshua Jackson. I wonder why Dunne doesn't get better roles? Maybe he needs a new agent. The film features Dunne as Ryan Sommers, an Ivy League stud who is tapped for a secret society called The Skulls. Joining this club is a dream come true for every hot-blooded college man and at first all is well. Then when Ryan witnesses the death of another student, all kinds of danger and deception occur. This film is so good, it makes me want to go back to high school and study more for the SAT so I can get into Yale. Anyway, Sommers' love interest Kelly played by Lindy Booth is also very appealing. Listen to the closing credits music as well. It's quite good. I definitely recommend this film to others.
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A young college co-ed seeks to join an all male fraternity following the death of her brother, as she also seeks the approval of her father who has never been anything but cold to her because of her gender. In her quest, she endangers the lives of every and any body who is close to her, including her best friend roommate as well as her boyfriend. When she is denied access into the cult, she threatens to take a civil action against the leaders and is granted temporary access to be tapped as an inductee. Someone on the inside certainly doesn't want this outside in there and so makes life extremely uncomfortable for the inductee as she makes her rounds, hoping to become a full fledge member. Things go terribly awry on campus when she makes it into the fraternity as its only female member.
As far as sequels go, it is par for the course. Here they had a great plot, and excellent possiblities but I think they could have taken it farther. There are tie-ins with the first and takes the conspiracy deeper. It's always good to see a lone wolf rise up and rage against the machine. Good times.
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OK, I respect anyones opinion of this movie... although those who haven't seen the first film will not understand the second! For one... the money the society gets is from all the previous members... it explains in the first film that it is a rule that once they leave school and get a job some of their earnings belong to the skulls society! Like I said I respect anyones views on any film but before you consider to judge the second in a trilogy and get confused then you need to learn to watch them in order before judging the film! I love the full set of films although the first one was my favourite since it gave more information about the secret society and its rules!
Wow, was this movie not worth seeing. After the first Skulls, I was excited to see the second one. What a let down. The sequel has nearly the same story line as the first one except with lesser known actors. Definitely not worth the rental fees on this one.
I never saw the first Skulls and only saw this one because it was the only
movie at the Red Cross I hadn't seen when I was giving a Platelettes
donation. It's mind boggling to me that this film was even made. I find it
hard to believe that someone, somewhere in the industry saw this script and
said "yeah, this is good, we could make a great movie with
A secret society inducts some members into its group. Apparently, the members are really stupid, because they believe amazingly idiotic stories about who girl who supposedly fell off the ceiling, was only doing it for a good cause. The current members are all sinister looking characters who will go to great lengths to cover up an accident, but will call 911 right away when one of their members is supposedly injured in a secret ceremony. They all get expensive credit cards and nice motorcycles, yet it's never clear where all the money for this comes from. There are so many plot holes in this stupid film, it's hard to believe someone in charge didn't finally go "hey, but wait a minute..." Really, the "No Homers" society on the Simpsons was more believable than this.
The movie was awful and like I say, it was totally surprising to me that someone greenlighted it in the first place, but what's even more amazing is that I see they actually made a THIRD ONE! If a movie this bad can still get another sequel, we can only pray that the makers of "From Justin to Kelly" don't get any ideas.
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I consider myself very open minded, my boyfriend was telling me about
how awesome the Skulls trilogy was and that I would probably love it
too. He had all three movies so we watched them together and the first
film was just alright, it was clichéd and predictable but overall
harmless and had some good moments. The second Skulls movie I was told
that it was decent enough to watch so giving it a fair chance I was
honestly not that impressed, however I think this was a better attempt
at the story vs. the first film because it wasn't as predictable and
they tried to give it better twists and turns. However the film really
couldn't hold my interest that well, so I think like the first film, it
just needed a little more loving and could have been a much better
movie. Like most sequels, it does fall a little flat not holding up to
the original. The action is good, the story is better, it just needed
to be executed correctly and had more focus.
The red-robed Skulls are at it again. The exclusive, sinister secret society that makes hazing seem like pillow fights inducts Ryan Sommers, who later secretly witnesses what appears to be the death of a woman at the hands of a Skull member. But of course, he can't tell on a Skull because the motto is "A Skull above all others," which is how some of these guys get to be high government leaders and megalomaniacal industrialists. Ryan's conscience bothers him anyway but once he begins investigating how to report the crime, his girlfriend, Ali, rejects him and seemingly everyone in a position to help him is a Skull. With the inspiration of lovely, good-hearted Kelly, Ryan proceeds to do what's right, even if it's wrong for him.
The Skulls 2 has the opportunity to be much better than the first film however due to low budget, writing, direction and the bad actors; it wasn't given the proper attention. There is too much going on at times for you to really catch on and enjoy the film. However, like I said, this story does work a little better for me. I like the idea that this guy not only wants to get into this club, but that he enjoys everything about it and he just finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, going in a little too deep vs. the typical "too good to be true" scenario. The government being evil plot is way over used in movies and The Skulls trilogy had a good chance to make this a little more entertaining since this secret society supposedly does really exist, however it's just not well written. I found the relationship between the two leads a little forced and somewhat made for TV. Especially when he sees the girl that he liked originally, Ali, and she walks up to them crying hysterically, I thought that was more meant to get a cheap thrill from the audience. I felt that we knew what was coming to her and should have just left it at that. I don't know if I'd recommend the film, I watched it just to see if it would offer anything good over the first film; it does alright, but just could have been way better.
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This is one of those movies that you just sit in front of, it just happens
to you, like a nap, and twenty minutes after it is gone, it is hard to even
remember what it was all about. I will try...
We are, in a total retread of the original, dealing with a pretty, young, rich, white male, trying to enter the secret 'Skulls' society, that exists in Ivy League schools, and control the world, or something.
*Minor Spoiler* The movie has little in the way of internal logic. The leaders of this society are willing to call the police over a death in a secret ceremony involving knives. But go to extraordinary measure to cover up, a drunk woman falling off a roof, something the police would assume was an accident anyway. So once again, top secret ceremony 'death' = call the police, total accident = cover up. *Spoiler*
Everything you expect to happen, happens, with the exception of the 'slutty' female getting nude. Which isn't a good twist.
Avoid unless you like pretty young things, who can barely act, in unbelievable plots. Or if like me, you just can't resist a bad movie...
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