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An alien entity inhabits the earthly form of a seductive young woman who combs the Scottish highways in search of the human prey it is here to plunder. It lures its isolated and forsaken male victims into an otherworldly dimension where they are stripped and consumed. But life in all its complexity starts to change the alien. It begins to see itself as ‚she‚, as human, with tragic and terrifying consequences. UNDER THE SKIN is about seeing ourselves through alien eyes.

Starring:
Scarlett Johansson
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 48 minutes
Starring Scarlett Johansson
Director Jonathan Glazer
Genres Science Fiction
Studio Elevation Sales
Rental release 14 July 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 48 minutes
Starring Scarlett Johansson
Director Jonathan Glazer
Genres Science Fiction
Studio Elevation Sales
Rental release 14 July 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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2.8 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William Mason TOP 50 REVIEWER on 26 Aug. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I loved this film, and I think it is destined to be a future cult classic. Scarlett Johansson plays an alien life form who takes on a human body, in the style of Jeff Bridges in Starman. However, unlike the kindly and well intentioned Starman, in this movie the extra-terrestrial has a malevolent purpose. She entices horny single men back to her lair, which is a mundane and rundown estate house in the Scottish Highlands. The house, Tardis like, disguises an other worldly dimension, where the alien undresses, leading the men into a strange substance which looks like a cross between oil and mercury. The substance mutates and dissolves the bodies, leaving behind only the skin. We're never told why the men are used in this way, whether it is for the alien to learn about human biology, or for sustenance. One of the victims is a horrifically disfigured virgin male, who looks a bit like the Elephant Man, and the sequence of his seduction and entrapment is mesmerising. As the alien experiences more of human life and culture, including our food, music, architecture, kindness, and even sex, she starts to let her guard down, and softens her behaviour towards human beings. This, ultimately, leads to her fate, a chilling sequence in a forest. This is a slow moving and beautifully shot sci-fi thriller. Ms Johansson has limited dialogue, she conveys most of her thoughts and feelings through her eyes and body language, and I found her performance spellbinding. She appears naked in a few scenes, which is no great hardship for the male viewer. There is very little CGI, there is no need for it, the film is highly original and relies far more on ideas than effects. The film score is suitably eerie and memorable. If you like quirky, weird and inventive sci-fi, which doesn't need to hide behind CGI, i.e.Read more ›
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142 of 165 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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75 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Susman TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 July 2014
Format: Blu-ray
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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. However, the alien has one single minded purpose, to sexually entice wide-eyed males who can't trust to their good luck and are quite right not to do so.
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