6 days ago
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
A Skewed Point Of View
Rich (Richard Olak) and Eva (Amber Lewis) pick up their friend Simon (Rob Scattergood) in order to go on a road trip. They are on their way to a wedding, and decide to make a trip out of it. Simon has bought a new video camera recently and is very intent on filming everything. It doesn't take Rich and Eva long to get annoyed by this, so it quickly adds some tension to the little group. There also seems to be a little tension between Eva and Simon because Simon is dating Eva's best friend Laura. Eva suspects that Simon doesn't really love Laura. Maybe there is some truth there, since Simon seems to watch Eva through his camera a lot. It doesn't take too long before Simon notices that when he films some people, their face appears to be distorted (think The Ring). The first person he notices this with is the hotel clerk. Thinking it was just a problem with the camera, Simon doesn't say anything. Later that night though, the clerk is killed. When Simon rewinds the tape though, the distortion isn't there. As this cycle seems to repeat itself, is it the camera? Is it just a coincidence? Or is Simon just losing it?
Skew is one of those movies that threw me for a loop. It starts off kind of slow, with it being a very character driven movie. I didn't mind this, but the pacing felt slow. I did find it funny in a way that while professing his love for Laura, Simon is almost always filming Eva. It was easy to see that Simon likes Eva more than he probably should. Not just because he is dating Laura, but also because Eva is with Rich, who is Simon's best friend. I kept waiting for Rich to say something, but there is just this tension between the two at times. It takes a long time before Rich calls Simon out. Anyway, I found all this a little interesting, but it wasn't holding my attention at first. Because of that, I wasn't expecting much from Skew, and probably wasn't paying as close attention as I should have been. I wasn't finding it boring, just not as interesting as I was hoping for. But then things started to happen, little things really. The first time I seen the distortion, and then later the death, it was weird but not really enough to get me back into the story. What did it for me? Simon sees someone in the hotel room, which is actually the first time he rewinds the tape to show what was there. This really sparked my interest and got me thinking as to what could possibly be going on. Director Sevé Schelenz doesn't really pick up the pace all that much despite this though. While things are more interesting, the movie is still about the dynamics between the three main characters, just with an added element now.
Skew isn't a gory film at all. Only one scene shows any blood that I can remember. All the deaths happen off camera, and in once case that is very literal. What Skew lacks in gore, it more than makes up for in messing with your head. That is what turned this film around for me. It isn't necessarily a scary film, but then it is rare anymore for a film to scare me. There are a few scenes that can probably be considered jump scares though. One, when they are all in the car, was probably my favorite scene.
Considering that I have never heard of any of the actors, I still liked them all. There are some minor complaints in other reviews about Richard Olak. Seems some don't think he is very believable when he gets mad. I didn't have much of a problem there, but I know what one person can see as bad acting, another can see as good. I can't say that any of them are great, but they are far from bad. The actors, like the movie itself, grew on me as the movie goes along. We never get a good look at Rob Scattergood in the film, but his character does explain why that is.
Skew was a movie I was on the fence about towards the end of the film. I knew that I at least liked it by then, but the question remained: how much did I like it? I admit that I didn't really get the ending, but I don't blame the movie for that. It isn't one of those movies where the ending comes from somewhere in left field. I know I missed something, and I have been racking my brain trying to figure out what since then. On IMDb, Sevé Schelenz says that there are clues in the film to put everything together. That means I will likely be watching Skew again soon. Believe me when I tell you, if this was a bad film, I wouldn't be watching it again even if it was bugging me about how the ending fits. I have this sneaky suspension that I will like it even more once I start putting more things together. If you don't mind a movie that happens to be slowed paced, but one that could possibly mess with your head, Skew is one to check out.
3 out of 5 Why can't I see interesting things like this?