Under the Skin [Blu-ray]
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Scarlett Johanssen plays one of two aliens who has taken human form. Just how alien they are cannot be fully appreciated until the second or third 'seduction'. After picking up a stranger in her non-descript van, she brings him to a dilapidated rural house. Leading her would-be suitor into utter blackness, she leaves a trail of clothes behind as she undresses; the unfortunate victim stumbles forward, oblivious to the impossible metamorphosis of the floor beneath his feet as he sinks into the black, like a sabertooth tiger chasing its' prey into a tar pit. Fully submerged in a viscous, translucent oil, other figures are visible... and so is she, somehow walking across the surface meters above. In a particularly haunting moment, two victims try to make sense of what's happened to them, and reach out to clasp hands in desperation, before one of them implodes in a shockingly violent manner that leaves nothing but his skin behind, like a discarded wrapper.
The black liquid is the alien life-form, 'digesting' humans and absorbing their consciousness along with their bodies. With each instance, she becomes more and more human. From an insectoid disregard for human suffering, she eventually appears to take pity on one of her would-be victims, letting him free.Read more ›
However, if you're in the mood to see a proto-sci-fi film about the allegorical birth, life and death of an unearthly being in a very Kubrickian fashion, UNDER THE SKIN should be a perfect fit for you.
As directed by Jonathan Glazer (SEXY BEAST, BIRTH) the film follows our protagonist, as played by Johansson, as she travels around the Scottish countryside in a white van to seduce men and abduct them for what seem to be extremely nefarious and alien reasons. Almost all of the seduction scenes are set against a completely black backdrop as the men sink into a black abyss all while she's protected and guided by a mysterious motorcyclist. She meets a terribly disfigured young man, and suddenly, this emotionless sexual predator starts to feel things that make no sense to her; feelings like compassion and mercy. This leads her off her mission and into the presence of another man who takes her in, not understanding who she is or what she's capable of. The film ends in on a very strange, almost TWILIGHT ZONE-esque note which is disturbing, but makes a perverted sort of sense when you think about it.
Those who may have read the book might be very upset by this film as it seems to be, at least thematically, quite different. The film is very much about birth, life and death in both a very figurative and literal way.Read more ›
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 form and 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, or to ensure “she” stays on task. His presence is ominous; 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 – as she then prowls the Highlands Lowlands.
There is succinct plainspoken interconnectivity between Johansson and men she picks-up, 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.Read more ›
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If you like your movies in a cup, pre-chewed, pre-digested, though a straw, with no challenge, and no mystery (as is typical of modern Hollywood films) then this movie will not be... Read morePublished 4 hours ago by female person
I am amazed and disappointed in myself for having watched the entire movie. The only redeeming quality in this movie was Scarlett Johansson's nudity. Read morePublished 7 hours ago by Amazon Customer
A strange story about a mysterious girl. Who reaches for men. Thou it sound like a love story. But it is something else. To tell the why. You be shocked for the reason. Read morePublished 10 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Firmly in the I don't get it camp. It is weird how many of the really positive reviews have different interpretations and project so much of themselves onto the movie. Read morePublished 16 hours ago by Josh B. Kanownik
If your desire is to see Scar Jo in the flesh this is the movie for you. If you want to see something incoherent (we've all been there) then this is the movie for you. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Raymond Mason
An excuse to get an actress naked. Starts out strong, like something compelling in terms of plot will be revealed. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Donald Bosley
Hmmmm...wont ever get those two hours back again. It wasn't bad but it was just weird. I don't think I really got it. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
A haunting original film utilizing the alien visitation with a killer agenda theme, but this one has a bit more under the guise of a common sci-fi thriller. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Misterkickace
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