Skeleton Key

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The Skeleton Key ---- Kate Hudson thrills and chills

Aug 13, 2005
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Hudson is great, unpredictable ending, exciting too watch, never boring as story develops

Cons:could be considered slow for some

The Bottom Line: The Skeleton Key does a great job of being the type of unpredictable thriller we waited all Summer for.


Learning too much about a movie before you see it is one of the things I like least about theatrical trailers. When I saw previews for The Skeleton Key I wasn't really sure what to expect, because the trailers never went into too much detail. The imagery caught my attention, and that mixed with Kate Hudson as the star got me into the theaters to see it. The key for me, is to now relay my experience with the movie, while keeping the suspense of what it is about a mystery, to you, my readers. Needless to say it is a movie that borders on being a horror and a suspense thriller. Each person has their own opinion of what drives a movie in either direction, so I won't presume I can tell you which way this movie goes. Maybe a horrific thriller? Nah... that makes me seem like I didn't enjoy the film, which I really did.

The Skeleton Key takes place in the deep South, just outside of New Orleans. A house that would appear on the outside to be uninhabited is the home to an elderly couple where the woman is tending to her dieing husband. A lawyer who has been serving as their financial caretaker is seeking someone to come live in the house, and tend to the needs of the man who has suffered from a stroke. Advertising wages of $1000 per week, he catches the attention of a hospice worker who has been looking to switch jobs. That nurse, is played by Kate Hudson, who has become fed-up with the hands-off approach that her former care-taking job has shown to the people she takes care of. Performing more as a business than a place to help people, she has become disheartened with her workplace and jumps at the chance to try something new.

The old woman doesn't take kindly to Hudson's character from the start, and she must prove that she is up to the job. Of course she IS up to the job, or we wouldn't really have much of a movie would we? Well Catherine (Hudson) is given free run of the house, and this is denoted by the skeleton key which the lady gives her. It will open any door in the house, which is quite a big one with 30 plus rooms, and will let her get to anything she needs to take care of the elderly man. Of course, Catherine gets curious one day, and decides to take a look around the house, stumbling upon a hidden room that the lady of the house writes off as not knowing it was there. Within the room holds part of a mystery that leads the movie down a rocky and exciting path.

Couple the mysterious room with the fact that the elderly man is trying to say something secretly to Catherine, and the drama starts to unfold in the house. For people who liked The 6th Sense, or loved The Others, then this is a film right up your alley. It has everything that you need to be a scary movie, and there are lots of surprises to be had by the time the end of the film arrives. If I haven't sold the guys on seeing this movie, let me tell you that the beautiful Kate Hudson has a nude scene... Regardless of the eye candy in the movie (there is a guy for the ladies in John Hurt), the movie does score points in my book, because I wasn't able to figure it out. Pick your reason why, but I think it is because the movie was highly watchable, and I enjoyed it a lot. Take a break from the action films in theaters, and give The Skeleton Key a chance.







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