Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Random Movie Review: Mysterious Skin
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Brady Corbet, Michelle Trachtenberg, Elizabeth Shue
Well, if you've seen Gordon-Levitt in 3rd Rock From the Sun or Inception, then this will be a bit of a shock. Well, maybe not a shock, since he's an actor after all, but let's call it a change of pace. Neil (Gordon-Levitt) is a hardened male prostitute who was sexually assaulted by his childhood baseball coach. Brian is an outcast who is obsessed with a lost period of time from his youth that he believes was an alien abduction. Brian seeks out Neil, who was on his little league team and whom he believes was involved in the abduction, only to uncover the truth of what happened to the two of them when they were younger. Neil's life is entirely laid out from his experience and he is left scarred and emotionally hollow. He takes increasing risks with his life and it leads him into a dangerous situation.
It was uncomfortable to watch, but the movie was bold and well done. I can't even imagine how people who were sexually assaulted as children survive, but this certainly takes a look at two very different paths (complete life-altering and complete repression). There are certainly other factors that are in play in both of their situations, but it is interesting to see them get to the heart of their issues and finally confront them in a raw manner years later.
I got the feeling that I had seen the movie when I started watching it, but I must have only caught 10 minutes or perhaps a long trailer. I certainly don't remember the culmination. Now that I have taken in the movie in its entirety, I will give it a 7.5/10.