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Cold Skin exerts a strong visual pull, even if all that icy atmosphere isn't a truly satisfying substitute for a story that dares to go somewhere different.
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The actors... invest their roles with conviction and craft, even if the story ultimately doesn't quite reward such seriousness of approach.
It feels more like a consequence of cut-rate, copy-and-paste computer effects.
Playing out more like a gender-swapped version of The Shape of Water than the Lovecraftian horror it wants to be, Gens' latest is visually pleasing, but ultimately empty.
While Cold Souls has high ambitions, it falls a little flat. Whether the screenplay or the performances create the letdown, the film undeniably drags.
Gens and Spanish cinematographer Daniel Aranyó do great work capturing the majestic beauty and inherent danger of the island and some of the action scenes are pulse-pounding, but those elements can't overcome the didactic "us vs them" narrative.
The stylish visuals and creature designs hardly seem worth the trouble for a peculiarly tedious story that overall lacks excitement and emotional involvement. It's cold, indeed.
'Cold Skin' is not for faint of heart. But it's pure cinematic art.
Handsomely shot and clever in isolated beats, Cold Skin is the rare monster movie that leads with its ideology, even if it eventually tips its hand prematurely.
Somehow [Gens] turns the vacation destination of Lanzarote into the ends of the Earth, and you'll feel that chill on your soul.
The film is valuable because it's enigmatic and I think it's feasible to recommend it. [Full review in Spanish]
With a Lovecraftian slant, Cold Skin is a must-watch for fans of Xavier Gens films. This is yet another bleak film where the horror comes, not from the 'monsters', but from man himself.
Although Cold Skin is entertaining, it has an excessively contained direction that does not take it anywhere. [Full Review in Spanish]
If you want to read the review I wrote for this, go to letterboxd.com/HankIsDead514. I can no longer post long reviews on here and I'm not writing two separate reviews for the same movie..
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