The Skulls

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Released 2000

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Director:
Rob Cohen
Released:
2000
Rating:
PG-13

The Skulls is a film that explores the little known realm of ivy league secret societies. This film takes place at Yale University and focuses on the conspiracy theories that surround the Universities Skull and Bones student society. The film follows Luke McNamara (Joshua Jackson) and his hard work towards becoming a lawyer. Not from money and blessed to be in the program he takes his college career very seriously. But when approached by the secret society to become a member, he is more than enthused to jump at the amazing opportunity. Despite his girlfriend (Leslie Bibb) and best friend's (Hill Harper) cautions he signs right up. Through a series of hazing rituals he takes steps closer to becoming a Skull, but his investigative friend Will (Harper) decides to try and crack open the secrets to the skulls underground life. In a misfortunate event Will ends up getting himself killed by another member of the Skulls, Caleb Mandrake (Paul Walker), or so Luke and Paul think. Devastated by the death of his friend, Luke is determined to get to the bottom of what he thinks is a major murder cover-up. Through an intense and often thrilling ride through this underground world of the mysterious Luke manages to bring the secret society walls crashing down around him. The film was released in 2000 and is now available on Amazon.

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  • 40

    Los Angeles Times

    It contains, perhaps, one pinkie-toe bone of surprise in its skeleton of cliche.

  • 30

    The New York Times Dave Kehr

    Less interested in politics than in profitably flattering the suspicions and resentments of its intended teenage audience.

  • 20

    Variety

    A silly, hackneyed college suspenser put across with all the contrived banality of a bad '70s TV movie.

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Crime, Thrillers