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The Hughes cottage vacation is violently interrupted by a family on a murderous and identity stealing journey, in search of the "perfect" life.

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After the accidental death of their six-year-old daughter, the Hughes family escape their busy upscale suburban life and head to their isolated cottage for some quality time. An evening with their friendly neighbors is suddenly interrupted when one mans obsession with perfection escalates into a violent struggle, forcing the families to go beyond what they ever thought they were capable of in order to survive. Written by Anonymous

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Brief Nudity and Slow Pacing Does Not A Thriller Make
28 July 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

First off, I know this film has been compared to a lot of other similar movies but, since I haven't seen any of them, I will be judging this one on it's own merit.

It's not very good.

'In Their Skin' presents us with a professional couple attempting to move past a recent family tragedy. Together with their 8 year old son and faithful golden retriever they retreat to a pretty spiffy, secluded home in the woods.

What follows is a good 25 minutes of awkward PG-13 sex, minimal plot advancement and lots of moody scenes that all pretty much say 'I blame you for the pain I'm in'.

Dry stuff.

Finally (thankfully!) a trio of creepy neighbors appear and the thrilling really begins!

Sort of.

Here's the problem -

If the invaders were just that, home invaders victimizing the people they randomly came across then fine, o.k., simple but plausible.

But no.

Instead, we are asked to believe the main villain played by James D'Arcy who, I'm just going to say it, is basically impersonating Bruce Dern throughout most of the movie, which is fine, but we already have a Bruce Dern, we are asked to believe he is actually attempting some complicated identity theft scheme that was worked out way in advance. And this is idiotic. Like most junior Mansonites these three all have problems with impulse control and clearly don't have the means or follow through to execute such a long term plan.

I will admit the pacing does improve in the 3rd act and there are some tense moments but they are too few and too far in between.

A lot of film school students might tell you otherwise, but there is nothing deep or introspective about a series of meandering scenes that lead to an arbitrary climax that could have occurred 40 minutes sooner.

And just to save me the time of adding a note under the IMDb 'goofs' section I'll end with a simple question.

How did they finally call 911?

Check out 'Cabin In the Woods' More thrills, a few laughs, much better choice!!


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