Actors: Paul Walker, Joshua Jackson
|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about The Skulls|
|Luke McNamara (Joshua Jackson), a Yale senior, wants to go onto attend the University's law school, but, as a "townie" on a scholarship, he doesn't have the money for tuition.
When the Skulls, the most secretive and powerful of the Yale secret societies, offers him membership, one of the many perks of which is paid tuition at any law school of his choice, he jumps at the chance.
As he is drawn into the world of the Skulls, Luke is "life-partnered" with Caleb Mandrake (Paul Walker), son of Judge Litten Mandrake (Craig T. Nelson), a powerful jurist in line for the Supreme Court.
When Luke's roommate (Hill Harper), who was doing an expose of the Skulls for the campus newspaper, turns up dead of an apparent suicide, Luke decides to dig deeper.
Discovering evidence of the Skulls' involvement in his friend's death, Luke finds himself manipulated by Judge Mandrake's life-partner, Senator Ames Levritt (William L. Petersen), and facing down the full force of the society's deadly power.
--James Craver, Resident Scholar
|This movie is about breaking up a secret society that's involved with murder.
--Lauren, Resident Scholar
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|Analysis of The Skulls|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Movie
Actual chase scenes or violence - 30%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
Time/Era of Movie:
Spying & Terrorists
The terrorist enemy is...
- White (American)
- fancy mansion
- fort/military installation
Accounts of torture and death?
- non-gory references to death/punishment
- moderately messy visuals of dead
Sex/nudity in movie?
What kind of sex:
- vague references only
Kind of violence:
- hand to hand
Unusual forms of death
- dropped from large heights
- Occasional swearing
If this is a kid's movie...
- Ages 10-15
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