The SkullsMarch 31, 2000
Luke McNamara, a college senior from a working class background joins a secret elitist college fraternity organization called "The Skulls"…
Release Year: 2000
Rating: 5.3/10 (17,788 voted)
Critic's Score: 24/100
Stars: Joshua Jackson, Paul Walker, Hill Harper
Luke McNamara, a college senior from a working class background joins a secret elitist college fraternity organization called "The Skulls", in hope of gaining acceptance into Harvard Law School. At first seduced by the club's trapping of power and wealth, a series of disturbing incidents, such as his best friends suicide, leads Luke to investigate the true nature of the organization and the truth behind his friends supposed suicide. He starts realizing that his future and possibly his life is in danger.
Lucas "Luke" McNamara
Craig T. Nelson
Dr. Rupert Whitney
If a secret society can give you everything you desire, imagine what they can take away.
Release Date: 31 March 2000
Filming Locations: Belfountain, Ontario, Canada
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $11,034,885
(2 April 2000)
(28 May 2000)
Did You Know?
At the university (actually the University of Toronto), you can see the lights for the Sutton Hotel in the background (red lettering) in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
It is not possible for a plastic oar lock (like the ones on the shell) to break as shown.
You've been digging, Luke, and if you keep digging, you'll be digging your own grave.
Interesting premise, poor presentation
Though it poses a good moral dilemma, `Skulls' is presented in such an
implausible way as to render it crippled at birth. Luke McNamara is a
town boy of modest means attending an Ivy League institution that is never
really named but is obviously Yale. He is hoping to be called for
membership into the Skulls, a secret society of great status and power.
Members of this society have the doors of power, wealth and influence
wide to them. This is a dream come true for Luke, who spends much of his
time fretting over the hundreds of thousands in student loans he is
incurring. When he discovers that one of the members has committed a
felony, he is torn between his desire for wealth, his loyalty to a friend,
and his conscience.
Writer John Pogue (`U.S. Marshals') has conjured up a good moralistic
but it is so full of ridiculous premises that it becomes laughable. This
supposed to be a secret society where other than the members themselves,
one knows who the members are. Yet, Pogue and director Rob Cohen present
in such a way that they may as well be advertising their identities on TV.
The building where the secret meetings take place is prominently marked
a Skull, and only members have keys to the building. So, Duh, anyone seen
entering the building must be a Skull. New members get brand new $50,000
automobiles and $100,000 in cash, as if no one will notice this sudden
of good fortune. The new members are branded on their wrist and we are
supposed to believe that they will never be seen by anyone without their
wristwatch on. The list of inconceivability goes on ad
The acting is generally quite good. Joshua Jackson (`Cruel Intentions',
`Urban Legend') is excellent as Luke. He plays the part with just the
combination of idealistic zeal and moral grounding. He gets great support
from Paul Walker (`She's All That', `Varsity Blues') as Caleb Mandrake,
spoiled rich kid trying to step out of his father's shadow. Craig T.
gives a wonderfully nefarious performance as the chairman of the Skulls
Maybe secret societies exist, and maybe they don't. The fact that no one
sure indicates that if they are more than mere myths, they are a lot more
secret than depicted here. I rated this film a 6/10. It is an
idea that loses credibility in the telling.