I've been an avid fan of Jamie Bell since his Billy Elliot debut and he has never been anything short of exceptional. Here, as real-life (former) white supremacist Bryon Widner, Bell is frightening, vulnerable, horrific, and honorable in turns. As I watched, I could not help thinking that this story is more terrifying than a sci-fi or horror film. It can be brutal, vulgar, sexual, and gritty; but at the end of it all is a vital story of redemption, poignantly acted by a performer who is truly a chameleon who is a pleasure to watch in everything. The rawness and superlative performances as a whole really elevate the film. Bill Camp, Vera Farmiga, Mike Colter, and Bell's TURN: Washington's Spies cast-mate (and one of my favorites) Daniel Henshall offer a fine supporting cast. Danielle Macdonald and the three young ladies playing her daughters also infuse the film with some heartfelt and heartbreaking moments. A story of abuse in more ways than one, Skin gets under our skin and hits every nerve--as it should. This is vital and eye-opening viewing, but not for those seeking lighthearted fare.