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Movie review: The Skeleton Key

The Skeleton Key
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Movie review: The Skeleton Key


Hospice nurse Caroline takes a job at a remote plantation home caring for Ben with help from his wife Violet. When the dark history of the house starts to come alive and seems to be killing Ben, she turns to Luke desperate for help.

Kate Hudson (Caroline), Gena Rowlands (Violet), John Hurt (Ben), Peter Sarsgaard (Luke).

This one starts off a bit slow with character development but quickly moves into plot development where it maintains a steady pace through the rest of the film. As things develop the film does a good job of misdirection setting up a fairly nice ending that although isn’t a complete surprise, won’t be completely known either. With hardly any special effects the film tells a very solid and at times somewhat spooky story very well.

Acting and scenery were the highlights of this film. Hudson (yum!) did a good job. Rowlands was great, playing the cranky housewife at first with a complete character shift toward the end. And Hurt was impressive, able to play powerfully without saying a word.

Scenery was incredible with very good attention to detail. The landscape was so lush it made me want to jump in the car and drive to New Orleans.

I have seen this one a couple of times now and enjoy it every time. Good solid plot, great acting and sets, and no CGI messing things up. A thriller well worth the time in my opinion.

Some violence, mild nudity, and adult themes but nothing to keep teens and above from enjoying this one.

Released: 2005
Reviewed: 4.14.14
Star rating: 5 out of 5
Genre: Thrillers, Supernatural Thrillers, Mysteries

copyright ©2014 Dave Riedel

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