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METAL SKIN
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Geoffrey Wright

Starring:
Aden Young
Tara Morice
Ben Mendelsohn

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
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Overall:  
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What's it about
This flick zooms into the life of some young adults, dealing with angst, satanism and fast cars.
Is it good movie?
This flick succeeds in being an impressive character study, at best.

You may intially dismiss this one as a sort of 'Fast and Furious' type flick, but keep in mind..it was released in '94, and it really isn't. The car aspect comes into play with 'Psycho' Joe, our young depressed lead, as working on his crazy mad-max style vehicle is the only thing that allows him to escape his awful fractured reality. Soon, our boy Joe loses a race and is forced to get a crap job at the local market, which is where the movie really picks up steam. Now, Joe meets the Satanic Savina and then we learn about his new pal, Dazey, who, despite his name, is actually quite a deep character.

The 'satanism' aspect of the flick smacked me as kind of weird, one of the only things that didn't really mesh with the rest of the film, in my opinion. I thought that so much of the story was so well told that it was unfortunate to have this little slip up tacked on to the plot. I understand the character's motives behind the Satanism, but it just didn't 'dot it' for me, you know?

This movie works. I'm sure I'll say it again: Metal Skin is an awesome character study. It's very realistic, and as a 'Fast/Furious' hater, I was impressed to see that I didn't want to fast forward through the racing parts. I don't want to give a lot of this plot away, because then you'll know what to look for, but know that if you can find it, you should check it out.
Video / Audio
2:35:1 theatrical aspect, or 16:9 widescreen, take your pick! They both look a little washed out, and that's too bad, it hampers things a bit.

The sound, however, is excellent, we're treated to a nice, even 5.1 Dolby mix that sounds fantastic when you crank it. There's a 2.0 mix too, for you kids with no surround.
The Extras
Do you like Extras? If so, you'll dig this.

The Making of Feature was obviously filmed back in 1990, and is loaded with some spoilers too, so beware when you watch. That being said, it's pretty awesome. The actors and filmmakers are for the most part, fairly insightful and have a lot of great info. It runs about a half hour long, and left me wanting more!

We also get the Director's first flick, "Lover Boy", a tale about a young man who is seduced by a woman whose lawn he mows (he mows her lawn..that isn't a sexual term). It's quite good, and runs an hour long, and on top of that,a full length, awesome director's commentary accompanies it as well!

After this, we get a still gallery and some trailers for other Subversive Flicks, like Candy Snatchers, the Gardener, Blood Bath, The Freakmaker, and Blue murder.

The DVD's packaging is awesome too. It comes with a slipsleeve, some collectible lobby cards, a poster, and the Soundtrack, composed by John Clifford White is even in there! I dug the inclusion of the soundtrack quite a bit, it suited the movie perfectly, it's mostly mellow stuff, but some of it really stuck in my head. Awesome job with the DVD guys!
Last Call
This flick is about love, loss, racing cars, broken families and is a hell of a coming of age story. I recommend it wholeheartedly.If you're still wondering whether or not you should check it out, the answer is yes..why are you still here? Go rent this!
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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