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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.
UNDER THE SKIN, starring Scarlett Johansson, is Jonathan Glazer’s critically-acclaimed third feature after Sexy Beast and Birth.
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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.Read more ›
It's loosely based on a novel of the same title, by Michel Faber. The plot concerns a female alien who comes to Earth, arriving in Scotland, and takes on the appearance of a beautiful and sexy young woman (Scarlett Johansson). She's tasked with seducing and luring lone men to a derelict house, in which they fall prey to a trap - being caught in some sort of liquid dimensional rift - and where they're slowly dissolved (while still alive) from the inside out ... and then, as goop, their remains are sent off to some other world (presumably to be consumed).
This femme fatale realises that what she's doing is wrong. And she starts to acquire a genuine interest in - and possibly a liking for - the Earth and humankind. So she decides to cease her activities and run off ... resulting in some male aliens trying to track her down.
It's a very bleak tale. There's no humour, and little or no joy, in this movie. It succeeds in portraying a picture of 'us' (people) as alien, as seen from the protagonist's perspective. We are "the Other" - and such a depiction can be disturbing.
It's well acted all round. There is some nudity, and brief moments of sex (including a rape scene). So this is not a kids film. I suspect that, over time, this movie will gain an audience that appreciates its dark qualities.
lure in human prey for harvest.
She combs the streets and highways in 'Scotland' in her search of unsuspecting
males luring them into an out of this World dimension where her victims are
sunk into a substance almost certainly for further attention from her kind.
She'll only approach prospective victims if alone.
She carries out her tasks with great efficiency and without emotion or conscience.
She has a minder that watches over her, clearing up any loose ends she may leave
Being in and around humans and liking what she see's in a mirror she begins to
see herself in a different light.
The consequences of her confusion in trying to embrace human behaviour can
only really end badly.
Because she has side-stepped her purpose and has failed to be where she is
supposed to be, her 'minder' goes in search for the stray.
An interesting concept which works well in the main, perhaps losing it's way now
and then, not enough to trouble you too much.
'Scarlett Johansson' gives a seductive and mesmerising performance as the 'Alien'
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Scarlett Johansson simply carries the film (much like Tom Hardy did recently in another character driven film ‘Locke’), and you can’t take your eyes off her. She has little dialogue and conveys her emotion via her physical appearance. She is an actress capable of entertaining masses in action blockbusters or dreamy rom-coms but proving her also a grounded understanding of what it means to strip away the excess of Hollywood escapism and portray one of the most complex, realistic-cum-fantastical and haunting characters in her career to date. Her natural beauty is also something you can’t fail to admire, and that plays to her strength as a seductive being out for more sinister goals. She takes us on an emotional journey through a range of emotions and ultimately we can’t fail to finally warm to her, feel compassion for her and understand her.
Saying that, the supporting cast of largely unknown UK faces (bar possibly pro motorcyclist Jeremy McWilliams) add to the look and feel of this film greatly, giving it lots of authenticity. It plays out almost like a fly-on-the-wall documentary on the streets of Scotland, with improvised dialogue between the actors and Johansson for a very natural process of seduction. They are brave actors who take on full frontal nudity in nightmarish situations and they help make Johansson’s character all the more mysterious as the fish out of water in Scotland.Read more ›
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I was really looking forward to watching this film after reading the book, but it bears little resemblance to the book and I wondered if I had got the wrong film. Read morePublished 13 days ago by KP
This has to be one of the worst movies I've ever seen - let's keep in mind Scarlett gets nude, briefly in a few scenes, and that should tell you just how awful it is. Read morePublished 17 days ago by I know what you want to see
Sorry for such a delay. Everything is more than OK with the seller and the movie itself :-) you have my honest recommendation :-)Published 22 days ago by Kachula
Nothing like seeing your home town in a film, even if it was only for a few moments. The acting performances were truly horrific in the greatest way. Read morePublished 1 month ago by kirsty smith
An intriguing premise for a sci-fi film and it nearly works. I will watch it again and try and be in the right mind-set because I think it is more like an adult comic than it is a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dr David Bellamy
This film is difficult to watch but is original and memorable. I found myself thinking about it the next day. If you are sick of polished blockbusters, give this film a go.Published 2 months ago by Gregor Anderson
Read Michel Faber's outstanding novel first. (Perhaps then The Book of Strange New Things too, for contrast.) Compare what you imagine with this sombre, dark movie. Read morePublished 2 months ago by iz