Threat advisory: Elevated - Significant risk of entertaining activities
A secret society so powerful it can give you everything you desire... at a price.
At school, Luke McNamara (Joshua Jackson) is reminded at every turn of his humble beginnings as a "Townie" by his well-heeled classmates, whom he waits on in the school dining room. And his growing affection for his close friend Chloe (Leslie Bibb) is tempered by the realisation that he can never hope to be accepted by her upper-crust family.
Then, overnight, Luke's fortunes change when he is tapped for entry into the highly selective secret society known as The Skulls. The clandestine organisation's membership includes the best and the brightest, the descendants of the rich and powerful. Acceptance into The Skulls would ensure Luke a place at the table, and guarantee him both the financial means and the connections to make it into law school.
Luke is dazzled by the invitation, which includes a tax-free $20,000 deposit into his bank account. The Skulls is a way to leave his humble past behind and secure his future. Only by entering that exclusive world can he ever hope to woo Chloe and win her family's approval.
But not everyone shares Luke's rosy view of the organisation, least of all his best friend and roommate Will Beckford (Hill Harper), an enterprising journalism major who casts a cold eye on The Skulls. "If it's secret and it's elite, it can't be good," Will cautions. Even Chloe is torn. despite her prominent lineage, Chloe is a solid, pragmatic woman and Luke has come to rely on her unfailing moral compass. It's not that she thinks Luke isn't good enough for The Skulls. She thinks he may be too good, too firm in his populist goodwill to join a restrictive, elitist group dedicated to propagating their own agendas. But Chloe understands Luke's attraction... she only hopes that the experience doesn't change him.
Also starring Larry Beatie, Ross Beatie, Emmanuel Chomski, Chris Ham, Wesley Ng, Darcey Osbourne, Gillian Parker, Kirk Henderson and Sean Leighland as rowers, Steve Harris as Sparrow, Heather Levalle as Coxie, Christopher McDonald and Craig T Nelson. Written by John Pogue, directed by Rob Cohen.
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Secret Agent Acid Thunder
Theatrical reportToday, dear readers, I will be talking about the downward spiral of the film industry. You should note that the writers of books and plays are not included in the industry but screenwriters are.
As much as I disliked the "entertainment value" of The Skulls there is a certain appeal if you happen to be a citizen of the USA. Remember them? They brought you Ronald McDonald, Bill Gates, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. Don't get the names confused. Those poor, inbred peons will see this film as the age old struggle of the underdog individual against the faceless oppressors.
If you are not a citizen of the USA, feel free at this point to get down on your knees and thank the goddess. You will see The Skulls as a film without story and a waste of perfectly usable talent.
Security censorship classification
M (Medium level violence, adult themes)
106 minutes (1:46 hours)
Not for public release in Australia before date
DVD retail: 19 December 2000
VHS retail: 13 June 2001