Second Skin 2000 Movie 15
Second Skin 2000 Movie 15
Second Skin is a 2000 American thriller film directed by Darrell Roodt and starring Natasha Henstridge, Angus Macfadyen, and Liam Waite. The film follows a man who opens a small-town bookstore in order to escape his connections to a mobster, but is reluctantly drawn back to his dark past by a mysterious woman who suffers from amnesia after a hit-and-run accident. The film was released on video on October 10, 2000 and received mixed reviews from critics.
Sam Kane (Macfadyen) is a former mobster who has changed his identity and moved to a coastal town in Oregon, where he runs a bookstore called Second Skin. He lives a quiet and lonely life, avoiding any contact with his customers and his former associates. One day, he witnesses a car accident involving a blonde woman (Henstridge) and a black SUV. He rushes to help her and takes her to the hospital, where he learns that she has no memory of who she is or where she came from. He decides to take her home and let her stay with him until she recovers her memory.
The woman, who calls herself Crystal Ball, soon develops an attraction to Sam and they begin a passionate affair. However, Sam's past catches up with him when he receives a phone call from Tommy Gunn (Waite), a ruthless hitman who works for Merv Gutman (Peter Fonda), the mob boss that Sam betrayed and fled from. Tommy tells Sam that he knows where he is and that he wants the money that Sam stole from Merv. He also reveals that Crystal is actually Merv's girlfriend and that he was the one who drove the SUV that hit her. He says that he will kill them both if Sam doesn't pay up.
Sam realizes that Crystal was part of a scheme to lure him out of hiding and that she was supposed to kill him after getting close to him. He confronts her and she admits that she was working for Merv, but claims that she has fallen in love with him and wants to start a new life with him. She says that she doesn't remember anything about her past or the accident, and that she only knows what Tommy told her over the phone. She begs Sam to trust her and to run away with her.
Sam is conflicted between his feelings for Crystal and his suspicion of her motives. He decides to give her a chance and agrees to leave with her. However, before they can escape, Tommy arrives at the bookstore with his henchmen and attacks them. A violent shootout ensues, in which Sam manages to kill Tommy and his men, but is fatally wounded in the process. He dies in Crystal's arms, telling her that he loves her. Crystal cries over his body, then picks up a gun and shoots herself in the head.
Natasha Henstridge as Crystal Ball / Sheila
Angus Macfadyen as Sam Kane
Liam Waite as Tommy Gunn
Peter Fonda as Merv Gutman
Norman Anstey as Hawthorne
Ana Alexander as Sheila (as Anna Katerina)
Andre Jacobs as Harvey (as André Jacobs)
Pierre Malherbe as Nick the Noodle
Terry Norton as Doctor
The film received mixed reviews from critics. On IMDb, it has a rating of 5.1 out of 10 based on 963 user reviews. On YouTube, it has a rating of 4 out of 5 based on 5K user ratings. Some critics praised the film for its noir style, its twisty plot, and its performances by Henstridge and Macfadyen, while others criticized it for its clichéd script, its lack of originality, and its implausible ending.
[Second Skin (2000) - IMDb]
[Second Skin (2000) - YouTube]