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Under The Skin [DVD] [2014]

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  • Actors: Scarlett Johanssen, Paul Brannigan, Jessica Mance
  • Directors: Jonathan Glazer
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 14 July 2014
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (754 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00J22YU62
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,618 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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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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By S P Mead TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 April 2016
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This is highly peculiar movie - concerning aliens, abduction, and self-sacrifice. While I did enjoy the film, I found it both disturbing and, at times, very unpleasant to watch. Nonetheless, if you like tales that are strange, weird and wonderful ... and not so straightforward as to be fully understandable in a single viewing ... then you may enjoy this film.

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.
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A simple but original story told with great visual flair and a real sense of understated horror. The scene on the beach was one of the hardest things I've ever watched, shot with a dispassionate eye. Would have found a wider (and possible more appreciative) audience if the Glaswegian accents had been more intelligible, but that didn't spoil the movie for me. Don't really know the specifics of what was happening and how, but only need to get the gist to enjoy this, as it allows for discussion and interpretation after viewing. Talented director.
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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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was a bit down on this movie originally so I'm her to correct the review after a second viewing, yes it is an interesting work,somewhat bleak and distant, little initial emotional attachment to the strange individual played by Scarlett Johansson who seems to perform throughout with a curious gaze, described as 'a thousand yard stare'. She plays a disguised alien creature,[pssibly not the only visitor, with an very English accent(credit to miss Johansson)who wanders Glasgow (of all places) involving herself with men who come to sticky end, Glaswegians have taken the English language, deep fried it in batter and reconverted it into a peculiar dialect of their own, so you may struggle with understanding what's being said by the rest of the cast. It becomes a examination of identity, inside and out and there are some difficult scenes and some very surprising scenes of nudity, I was quite embarrassed aside from all that the filming is unique apparently achieved by hidden lenses on the street and crowd scenes,saving money on extras no doubt, the outdoor photography was excellent -moody and mysterious. and quite threatening but impressive. the director Johnathon Glazer, already has a good reputation and this is likely the reason why Scarlett Johansson took part in this enterprise. As to my previous comments, it just goes to show ,don't write reviews in a bad state of mind, watch a movie twice and think for a time... I did and now I can recommend watching this strange and thoughtful movie, bless miss Johansson I hope 'Ghost' is just as interesting.
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