In Their Skin (2012)
By: Ryan Morrissey-Smith on October 4, 2013 | Comments
Accent | Region B | 2.35:1, 1080i | English DD 5.1 | 92 minutes (Full Specs)
The Movie
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Director: Jeremy Power Regimbal
Starring: Selma Blair, Joshua Close, James D'Arcy, Rachel Miner
Screenplay: Josh Close
Country: Canada
Jeremy Power Regimbal's debut film In Their Skin (aka Replicas) is a slow burning thriller that, bar a couple of scenes, doesn't quite takeoff, which is a shame because it's a film that has been made with a great deal of care.

It may be a home invasion thriller – yes another one – but this film doesn't go to the excesses that some of the others do (Mother's Day remake, The Strangers). Although, if anything, the restraint shown in the film probably hinders more than helps it. The Hughes' – Mary (Selma Blair), Mark (Joshua Close) and their son Brandon, escape to their country cottage (well, country mansion is more like it) to get over the accidental death of their daughter. When the Hughes' meet their neighbours, Bobby (James D'Arcy), Jane (Rachel Miner) and their son Jared, they end up having a dinner with them and things escalate from there.

In Their Skin is shot with a very pale palate. Every colour seems washed out and there is a distinct lack of colour in the surroundings, most likely to mimic the emotions that the Hughes' are going through. Everything seems crisp and clean but not lived in, like how a museum or art gallery looks. This aesthetic works for the most part and it gives the film an oppressive air that never lets up.

The movie hinges on its leads, and thankfully the actors all deliver excellent performances. This includes Selma Blair who is very good in this, playing her character close the bone. In my opinion it is probably her best work to date. Joshua Close and James D'Arcy also work well in their pivotal roles as the opposing heads of their families. Of all the roles in the movie, if those two don't work the entire film does not work, but thankfully both actors are up to the task. A special mention must also go to Rachel Miner, who manages to really get across the mental issues of the invading family. When Selma Blair's character breaks down Miner's character totally mimics her every moment. It is a real creepy scene, and one of the best in the film.

The downside to the film is that it is very dry, and even when there is action happening there seems to be a real lack of tension That is not to say it is a bad film, it's just plays more like a character study or drama posing as a home invasion flick. There is one absolutely not needed plot twist that doesn't really make a lick of sense, but it doesn't kill the film.

Overall, In Their Skin is a very well made film that ultimately, despite its premise and its promise, doesn't really deliver.
The Disc
Presented in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio, the film of course is crystal clear and is amazing to look at, albeit with a deliberately muted colour palette. On the sound side of things there is certainly nothing wrong with the lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track – it, just like the picture, is crisp and clear. There are a few trailers of other Accent distributed films on the disc and only one extra feature - interviews with the cast and crew which a mercifully short and sweet and due to this they are quite watchable.
The Verdict
In Their Skin looks great, the acting is good and there's enough of an idea for a solid movie, but sadly whilst the film is good, it isn't great, and for a straight story with no frills it needed to be great to be memorable.
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