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on 14 November 2017
This movie had a very positive reception when released and I was really looking forward to watching it for some time. I though it was okay but found it pretty slow-going at times, I much preferred Under The Skin and Lucy, but they're very different films to this so that's quite a subjective call to make.
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on 30 May 2017
This movie by Jonathan Glazer based on Michel Faber's novel of the same name,you'll find it either the most bizarre movie experience,with some quite disturbing scenes,you've ever encountered, or a pure work of genus. The beautiful Scarlett Johansson plays the part of the Alien entity like the role was written for her,traveling over Scotland in a white van seeking out male victims, luring the males into an otherworldly dimension, where they are consumed, but soon the process of the hunt, the way she has to people watch and converse with these strange soft skinned hairless apes,starts to infect her with humanity, empathy and soon social awareness brings her to a isolated area, the ending reminds me of American Beauty, I won't spoil it anymore for you,
It's a good DVD presentation.
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on 28 June 2017
a modern classic, beautifully shot. With limited dialogue, allowing the tension to build. Eerie, unflinching, disturbing, shocking, dark. It has several moments that will stay with you forever and will (eventually) go down in cinematic history. Contains a line - delivered by Adam Pearson to Scarlett Johanssen - that may even make you burst out laughing due to it's mundanity. Celluloid + Sliver Screen = ' Under The Skin'.
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One for those who like their sci-fi spare and strange. Scarlett Johansson plays a lone predatory succubus in a cheap fake fur, leading lads grinningly to their slaughter. The air is thick with sex and violence but we see neither. Glazer layers on the incongruous contrasts: the alien’s daft small talk puncturing long silences, abstract 2001-like graphical sequences amid the grey of Scottish high streets. It’s all as jarring as the strings and synth score. Watching the creature robotically go about her business is mesmerising, but as she tunes into her human senses there’s the feeling that it’s our own species that’s under scrutiny.
The film is based on the novel by Michel Faber which is an absolute rivating read and like the film will stay with you quite a while.
Also by the same author The Crimson Petal and the White is a 2002 novel by Michel Faber set in Victorian England.
Again highly recommended.
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on 14 July 2014
This review is from: Under The Skin [Blu-ray] [2014] (Blu-ray)
An 'Alien-Being' assumes the human form of a female victim, a temptress to
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
lying around.
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'
Temptress.
Bonus Features -
* Behind the scenes interviews on -
* Camera - Casting - Editing - Locations - Music - Poster Design - Production Design
- Script - Sound - VFX.
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on 28 September 2017
This is a great adaptation of the book, if you get it will stay with you, night riding/driving will never be the same once you see the motorcyclist...,,
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on 16 September 2017
Funnily enough, I really enjoyed this film. Didn't expect much (Scottish financed, shot in Scotland) but actually it was very absorbing.
Not your usual horror/science fiction, it was very atmospheric and for once no CGI!! And of course........... Scarlett Johansonn. Who could ask for more, especially the nude scenes (or was that a body-double? Who cares).
I was bored watching the last two Mockingjay films of Jennifer Lawrence and rate 'Under the Skin' much better.
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on 10 February 2017
Spectacular film! So thought provoking. It really sticks in my mind.
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on 9 July 2017
A fascinating departure from your standard movie. Was this an alien from afar, or possibly a general comment about people from any alien culture? If so, rather apposite in these global days.
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on 21 August 2017
Gritty realism punctuated with breathtaking scenes of cinematic art, which are eerily beautiful. A masterpiece.
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