Under the Skin (2013) 2014 Subtitles

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Under the Skin is the story of an alien in human form. Part road movie, part science fiction, part real, it?s a film about seeing our world through alien eyes.

Scarlett Johansson
1 hour, 48 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Jonathan Glazer
Starring Scarlett Johansson
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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144 of 169 people found the following review helpful By Steve Cook on 1 April 2014
Format: DVD
Under The Skin

Imagine that you condensed the plot of a novel down to a single sentence.

Now ignore half of that sentence and make a film of the result.

This seems to have part of the ten year creative process in turning Michel Faber’s novel into Jonathan Glazer’s film.

The resulting film is both haunting and beautiful, contrasting the grit and reality of Glasgow with the isolated emptiness of the Scottish countryside and a clinical hyper-stylised ‘alien’ lair.

The lair scenes and the opening sequence, especially, are reminiscent of Kubrick’s interpretation of Arthur C Clarke’s ‘2001’ whilst the overall feeling is similar to David Bowie’s ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth’, the awkward outsider who struggles to understand this human world.

Whilst much has been made of the use of real people as victims it’s Scarlett Johansson’s portrayal of the seductress, Laura, hunting down lonely men for unspeakable reasons that will stay with the viewer, her understated beauty and unease perfect for the character of Laura but so different from the novel’s awkward, surgically deformed protagonist Isserley.

Book and film stand apart, and the good news is that experiencing neither would affect the enjoyment of the other so different are the storylines but I can’t help thinking that the film lacked a lot in explanation although it more than made up for this with style.

If anything the book is probably darker than the film condemning everything from big business to factory farming and exploring the idea of class through an alien culture. The film touches on none of these themes and the viewer could easily be left wondering what it was all about.
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By The Movie Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 19 July 2014
Format: Blu-ray
The basic storyline is a female alien drives a van through Scotland seducing men.

The film opening has a faint muffled voice. It is the alien being learning to speak. What appears to be an alien comes to Scotland and tricks men into coming into her world where they can't walk on water. I wasn't sure if this was real science fiction or something like that Jake Gyllenhaal thing and this was just another metaphor for human relations...which it still could have been. The film changes direction about midway.

Scarlett plays an almost robotic alien, very slow and deliberate in her moves. She doesn't know how to respond to many situations. She asks for directions as if she was reading from a foreign phrase manual. As far as Sci-Fi goes in this genre I think "Phantasm" was more entertaining and "Liquid Sky" more clever.

I think her acting was well done, but as far as entertaining, if left something to be desired. Clearly this is not a film for everyone.

Parental Guidance: F-bomb, sex, attempted rape, full frontal nudity. This is another film that features a naked woman so we can all pretend it's great science fiction. Oh where are my copies of Species, Splice, and Lifeforce. 3 1/2 stars for the perv factor
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Susman VINE VOICE on 19 July 2014
Format: DVD

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This is a film that has taken nearly 10 years for Director Jonathan Glazer to bring to the big screen, and had Glazer and his crew guerrilla filming north of the Scottish border. Adapted from Michel Faber's novel of the same name, the film discards virtually all of the book's `landscape' and the irony of commercial farming. The story of Scarlett Johansson's extra-terrestrial entity begins with an enigmatic "birth" sequence from another dimension or other-world. There are faint glimmers of speech hummed through a distorted fog of sound. Then vocalizations repeat and develop and it becomes clear that they're consonants, then syllabic sounds, and finally whole words. The manner in which these enunciations acquiesce into speech is matched by sight of an abstract image of light and a circular shape, which ultimately - in the most intangible way - then reveal a human eye.

The alien is then transported to Scotland's grey, rainy streets of what appears to be Glasgow and it - she - has a minder or a `familiar' for back-up support, he wears made-to-measure leathers and rides a R1 Yamaha motorbike. He acquires for her a dead human girl salvaged from the roadside. Or perhaps this is another expired alien whose shape is being reused? Whatever the case may be, our alien is soon up and running in her white Mercedes Sprint Transit - she then prowls the Highlands Lowlands. There is succinct plainspoken interconnectivity between Johansson and men who think she's just a lost lass from South of the border. She comes over as sultry and tempting, with her innocent disarming smile that could be read as being coquettish.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 21 Jun. 2014
Format: DVD
It is not often that you see something genuinely strange, but the atmosphere of this film certainly is that, in a thrilling way. It dares you to go with it open-eyed, to allow it to open a door in the mind that hasn't been pushed open before, using extraordinary visual effects and sounds (but not a flying saucer among them). The images are often very beautiful, not least of which are those of Scarlett Johansson herself, who is an "effect" in the film. There is also quite a lot of the everyday, shown in almost documentary style, and it is the interface between the two that makes it so intriguing and utterly original. It is best not to know too much, but anyone who enjoyed Birth is likely to be very receptive to this, which is almost as good. Jonathan Glazer has once again used a very alluring actress in a scenario that is so full of mystery and strange resonances that you wonder how he can possibly bring it to a conclusion ... The fantastic score is another factor common to both, and a strange uniformity of tone and colour, although here bleak weather in Scotland, whether in Glasgow or the open country, or on the coast, is set against a starkly different dimension, mirroring the greater ambition of the new film (although Birth had more emotional depth). Johansson is amazing in the lead; I did wonder how strange her view really was, though, as I tend to feel quite alienated myself from those around me and regard their reactions with some sense of otherness, rather as she does. I'm not aware of any gloopy interface, but could one be an alien without knowing it, possibly? At all events, the whole alien/human thing seems to be called into question, which is no bad thing ...
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