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Skinwalkers

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Silly werewolf tale is violent but boring.

Movie PG-13 2007 110 minutes
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The good werewolves aren't sympathetic, and the bad werewolves aren't especially frightening. This, in addition to their very shadowy appearances, makes director Jim Isaac's "horror" movie rather boring. There's quite a lot of shooting; the sound of bullets being fired punctuates the human-to-wolfish transformations. But only occasionally does anyone hit a target -- which means that the shooting scenes go on and on. The werewolf attacks, on the other hand, leave victims shredded and bloody, unable to continue battling.

In the end, of course, there's a showdown -- good werewolves versus bad. As this scene finds all the werewolf characters speechless (though very growly), Tim and Rachel must figure out their own mission, and how to make their family unit work. Sadly, the movie has at this point become so disjointed that you won't be worrying about them anymore. Maybe the confusion emulates Tim's sudden, frightening shift into responsibility -- lycanthropy as metaphor. Or maybe it's just shoddy filmmaking.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: August 10, 2007
  • On DVD or streaming: November 27, 2007
  • Cast: Elias Koteas , Jason Behr , Rhona Mitra
  • Director: Jim Isaac
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run time: 110 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: intense sequences of violence and action, some sexual material and language.
  • Last updated: October 8, 2022

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