Skins is a 2002 feature film by Chris Eyre and based upon the novel of the same name by Adrian C. Louis. The film is set on the fictional Beaver Creek Indian Reservation in South Dakota near the Nebraska border, a place very much like the actual Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, the setting in the book and the place where the film was actually shot. Lakota Sioux tribal police officer Rudy Yellow Lodge (Eric Schweig) struggles to rescue his older, alcoholic brother, Mogie (Graham Greene), a former football star who was wounded in combat three times in Vietnam.
Tropes associated with Skins:
- Anti-Hero: When Rudy becomes a vigilante. The way he deals justice is nothing short of brutal.
- Cool Old Guy: With all his faults Mogie has an interesting sense of humor and doesn't take himself to seriously.
- Cool Uncle: Rudy is this to Herbie.
- Fridge Horror: Two drive-thru windows for a liquor store. The current laws have established that drinking and driving is illegal. That said it is still not uncommon for people to get pulled over for drinking and driving. How the company that insures the liquor store did not see the huge liability of having TWO drive-thru windows is beyond comprehension.
- Generation Xerox:
- Rudy and Mogie’s father Sonny used to be a star football player until he took to drinking. Both Rudy and Mogie joined the football team. And sadly Mogie also became an alcoholic.
- Mogie’s son Herbie also joined the football team. Thankfully he avoided consuming alcohol like Rudy uncle.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Rudy intended to “help” his people by becoming a vigilante. He doesn’t realize the harm he actually ends up causing until it’s too late.
- Nice Guy: Herbie. Seriously, not many people have the patience to deal with an alcoholic parent or be openly affectionate towards them. He also turns out to be a very healthy and decent guy.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: When Rudy incinerated the Liquor store he had the intention of destroying it. This was done with the intention of having the store removed. Instead Rudy learns that the insurance fully covered the place and that it is being reconstructed to be bigger.
- Ripped from the Headlines: The case of the boy that was kicked to death
- The Alcoholic: Mogie became one when he returned from Vietnam.
- The Rez: The reservation depicted is fictional but based on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
- Vigilante Man- Rudy becomes one.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: While investigating an abandoned house Rudy finds a boy that’s been kicked to death. The killers manage to escape and all Rudy has to go on to identify the killers is green shoelaces. But stroke of sheer luck he bumps into the killers, specifically the owner of the green shoelaces. Already outraged that the murder of the boy was going to be left unsolved, Rudy takes it upon himself to deliver the justice-by scaring the living daylights out of the two boy and destroying their kneecaps with a bat.