Hey gang, Valkor here. After sitting through the atrocity that was ThanksKilling 3, I needed a film, something... anything to set my head straight. So I dove, head first, into my pile of DVDs pulling out an interesting little number called "In Their Skin" aka "Replicas" and whilst watching the film… I felt a little uneasy. But in a good way. Check it out. Oh and some spoilers ahead!
In Their Skin centers on the family Hughes – father Mark (Joshua Close), mother Mary (Selma Blair), and their son Brendon (Quinn Lord) who've recently went through a tragic event. So the family decides to visit cottage out in the country. But before they can truly settle into their digs, they're paid an unexpected visit by the Sakowsky family – father Bobby (James D'Arcy), mom Jane (Rachel Miner), and their son Jared (Alex Ferris), who appear to be overly neighborly, but Mark (after much prodding) invites them over for dinner. When they arrive, the Sakowskys begin a series of asking some seriously personal questions about the family, where they're from, what they do etc,. And from there (though not immediately after) things get a bit insane, ending with the Sakowskys holding the Hughes hostage. And their reason? It's to replace the Hughes and have what they believe to be… the perfect life.
I know this is just a film, but listening to Bobby and Jane question Mark and Mary about the intimate details of their life… it just gave me the chills.
In Their Skin mixes one part suspense and a heaping mound of drama to create a film that's dark, unnerving, and intense. While the plot is a pretty straightforward tale of home invasion, what really drives the film is the tension build up. I was all set and ready to complain about the pacing, however the film actually benefits from it, setting the mood for that climatic ending. What also boost the film's intensity levels are the strong performances. And while high praise needs to be showered all around, a huge round of applause needs to be given to James D'Arcy who really shows some range; he starts out kinda innocent and fun, works his way up to creepy, until finally he's full on psycho. Bravo good sir. Bravo! Overall, In Their Skin is a compelling and entertaining piece of work you won't want to miss.
I'm not a fan of that all too happy ending where there's a psychologist asking the Hughes questions, no one answers, and everyone is all smiles. It should have ended when the trio is huddled outside, under a blanket just after events unfolded.
In Their Skin has been making the theatrical rounds (in limited release), but you can also find the film for digital download on Amazon Instant Video and also On Demand services. So if you're looking for a compelling suspense thriller, with high dosage of "creepy" then you need look no further, because In Your Skin has got you covered. And out of TOV 5 stars, I'm giving the film a 4. And it's been Valkor Viewed, TOV Approved.