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The Skulls Reviews

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½ August 11, 2017
8/11/2017 (2): A decent movie with a good cast. It had the potential to be so much better though.
July 26, 2017
Bad movie. It has some interesting ideas and good performances from Walker and Jackson, but it's too dull, too predictable and not original enough to shine.
½ January 26, 2017
Probably the WORST conspiracy theory movie ever made, pretending to expose the chicanery behind university "secret societies"... Dreadful, amateurish writing and formula action.
½ November 4, 2016
Too idiotic to enjoy. A weak thriller with a poor plot. (First and only viewing - 9/16/2016)
½ June 19, 2016
Secret society asks poor college student to join their organization. However, the deeper he gets into the society the more secrets he uncovers. Surprising thriller does what it intended to do : entertain.
May 27, 2015
Limp thriller with no substance in the acting or the story/script.
½ April 22, 2015
The biggest problem with "The Skulls" is that it's un-memorable. It isn't terrible but doesn't offer any surprises or thrills either. Basically it's about a three best friends (Joshua Jackson as Luke, Leslie Bibb as Chloe and Hill Harper as Will) who attend college together. Everything is fine and dandy until Luke gets invited to join a secret society on campus known as The Skulls. He makes new friends (most prominently Paul Walker as Caleb) and doesn't want anything to do with his old ones and if that wasn't bad enough, the secret society turns out to be pretty sinister.

The plot starts off promising, with Joshua Jackson and Paul Walker's characters bonding (due to their new connection in the Skulls) coming in and disturbing the friendship that is set up between the likeable characters in the introduction. From then on the film doesn't really take any chances and goes for the easy route, with standard evil secret society stuff, a predictable murder mystery and a shoehorned love story. Some of the plot points are ridiculous and contrived; like vaults of incriminating security tapes (despite a clearly corrupt leadership that readily disposes of damning evidence), a plot to send a whistleblower to an insane asylum (instead of simply killing him when we've seen that the Skulls have no qualms about killing people) and a problem that in the 21st century could easily be solved in a few minutes (using news media or the internet). For younger, less discriminating audiences this might be entertaining but if you've ever seen any movie with a secret society or cult, you've seen this film before and probably better. (On Dvd, November 18, 2012)
April 17, 2015
a really great film with a young actor back then in Mr Paul walker
March 15, 2015
What a stupid movie. I gave it two stars because I enjoyed Paul's performance and the story had some good elements.
½ February 17, 2015
Undergraduate joins a secret society and soon learns there's a price to pay for membership.
January 23, 2015
The Skulls' director Rob Cohen manages to take a somewhat decent idea and completely butcher it in this missed opportunity that's neither scary nor thrilling.
November 12, 2014
***Due to the recent RT changes that have basically ruined my past reviews, I am mostly only giving a rating rather than a full review.***
½ October 23, 2014
It's a pretty boring movie with a main character I couldn't only rout for because he was the main character, which isn't a good enough reason. The middle might have been thrilling for the least demanding of thriller fans, but that ending! Paul Walker does a performance that we're supposed to take seriously, but it becomes more comical than anything. It's as if he tried to imitate Brad Pitt's delivery of lines at the end of Se7en (even if you've not seen Se7en, you might know the line: "What's in the box?"). Except, Paul Walker yells his lines more over the top and more comically.
August 31, 2014
Really loved this movie as a teenager! Still love it to this day :)
½ August 26, 2014
An incredibly stupid movie devoid of any suspense.
August 23, 2014
It follows a nice script with rarity in small thrills and surprises. But it doesn't shakes off the bad vibe that overpowers the enjoyment; along with weaknesses on its surface. (B-)

(Full review coming soon)
½ May 21, 2014
suprisingly good. didnt expect anything out of it. suprised its a 9% on RT
March 5, 2014
A gifted rower from the poor side of town, Luke McNamara (Joshua Jackson) has been invited to join the secret, powerful society known as The Skulls. As a member, Luke will enjoy money, fast cars and beautiful girls, luxuries normally reserved for the elite. It is an opportunity he cannot refuse. But if a secret society can give you everything you desire, imagine what they can take away...

also stars Paul Walker, Hill Harper, Leslie Bibb, Christopher McDonald, Steve Harris, William L. Petersen, Craig T. Nelson and David Christo.

directed by Rob Cohen.
½ February 5, 2014
the club itself has never been revealed for a long time.
January 13, 2014
A decent college-based conspiracy thriller about a secret elite society in an Ivy League institution. The cast includes young Paul Walker.
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