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Under the Skin [Blu-ray] (2013)

Scarlett Johansson , Jonathan Glazer  |  R |  Blu-ray
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (749 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Scarlett Johansson
  • Directors: Jonathan Glazer
  • Writers: Jonathan Glazer, Walter Campbell
  • Producers: James Wilson, Nick Wechsler
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, AC-3, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: LIONSGATE
  • DVD Release Date: July 15, 2014
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (749 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00K0MM4AM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,254 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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138 of 154 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing, Haunting and Poignant June 28, 2014
I'd heard various reactions to this film, some very positive, some negative, both commenting on how confusing and strange it was. David Lynch and Eraserhead were thrown around as comparisons.

Under the Skin is a slow-burning SF-Horror film that's closer to Kubrick's meditative pace on 2001 and A Clockwork Orange, with the realistic, semi-improvised dialogue of Gus Van Sant's Elephant and Gerry.

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'; {**SPOILER**) leading her would-be suitor into utter blackness, leaving a trail of clothes behind as she undresses, the unfortunate victim stumbles forward and sinks into the black, like a sabertooth tiger chasing its' prey into a tar pit. Others are visible for a time, and so is she, walking across the surface meters above. In a particularly haunting moment, two victims try to make sense of whats happened to them, and reach for one another in desperation, until 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. But when the male alien hunts him down and kills him, cleaning up her mess like a worker drone, she leaves on her own, and ends up in a relationship with a kind-hearted man who takes her for a girl on the run... which she is, sort of.
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169 of 194 people found the following review helpful
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First off, if you like how Michael Bay will have a character yell "Something exploded!" after something explodes because, y'know, you need that kind of exposition, you will not like this movie. There's hardly any dialog and very little plot and almost no "action." Second, if you've read the book, you will also probably not like the movie because it isn't a book. It's an adaptation, and a really loose one at that. The focus is on the imagery and eerie soundtrack to evoke an alien sent to Earth to hunt humans for meat that's sent back to her home planet. The subtexts about class inequality and sexual politics aren't there, so don't bother complaining about how this apple isn't an orange. So if you're looking for a narrative with a clear arc and plot points and resolution, or a shot-for-shot remake of the book, yeah, you're gonna hate this. But if you're into artsy, ambiguous European movies with beautiful cinematography and evocative soundtracks and nudity, you might have a good time. Or you might be bored out of your skull. It's tedious and beautiful and boring and lingers with you in the same way "2001" does.
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76 of 86 people found the following review helpful
Let's get the elephant in the room out of the way first: Yes, Scarlett Johansson is nude in this film. She is fully frontal nude. Ok, post-pubescent testosterone-driven audiences, go on the internet and find screen caps and then go see TRANSFORMERS for a fifth time, because if that's why you're watching this film, you're going to be one of the haters.

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.
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89 of 110 people found the following review helpful
"Under The Skin" (2013 release from Scotland; 108 min.) brings the story of several aliens (one man, one woman) whom we see take the shape on a human. The woman, played by Scarlett Johansson, starts picking up one guy after another, leading them to her house where she "takes care of business" (how? I'm not going to spoil). Eventually the woman tries to fit better in and even tries getting into a 'real' relationship. To tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Several comments: this is the latest movie from British director Jonathan Glazer, best know for bringing us "Sexy Beast" some years ago. His previous movie "Birth" was also a take on things that are not quite your normal situation, but here he goes one better, and then some. Second, the science fiction tone of the movie is brought expertly, from the opening scenes where we're not sure what exactly is happening, it looks to be something in space like "2001: A Space Odyssey". Third, there are a number of stunning, if at times unsettling, scenes, including the extended beach scene, and the scene with the 26 yr. old virgin guy. Fourth, the movie is set in Scotland, and while we get glimpses of some of its beauty, the overall feeling is pretty grey and grim, and hence not necessarily an inviting "postcard from Scotland" (in contrast to that other seminal Scottish film from 30 years ago, "Local Hero"). Fifth, there is a very abstract soundtrack that matches the movie perfectly, scored by British artist Mica Levi (a/k/a Micachu). Last but certainly not least, what can you say about the performance from Scarlett Johansson.
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1.0 out of 5 stars POOR
This was the most boring movie I have ever, EVER, watched.
Published 1 hour ago by James Louderback
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Too spooky for me.
Published 19 hours ago by A. Vanliew
1.0 out of 5 stars No Haunts, No Frights, and Absolutely No Brilliance Here!
Haunting??? Frightening??? Brilliant??? What a load of bull! This is yet another in a long, long list from the Millennial Generation of unwatchable video creations that should... Read more
Published 23 hours ago by Doctor Dean
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the most absorbing and mesmerizing movies I've seen in...
I usually don't rate movies on here, but 2.5/5 for this movie is absurd. This is one of the most absorbing and mesmerizing movies I've seen in recent years and Scarlett Johansson... Read more
Published 1 day ago by AC
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece. If you have a functioning brain and any imagination;...
An intelligent, profound sci-fi/horror film that will leave those of weak mind and/or short attention span wriggling in their seats. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Bill the Cat
5.0 out of 5 stars It is really a brilliant little gothic gem
It is really a brilliant little Gothic gem. Bravo Jonathan and team! Scarlett, the soundtrack and the story are all mesmerizing, but this is not for everyone. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Scott F
3.0 out of 5 stars I love good sci-fi and this wasn't
I give it three stars only for Johansson's mesmerizing performance. It is utterly confusing and indecipherable. Read more
Published 2 days ago by James G
1.0 out of 5 stars Totally waste of time
Total garbage.I like scarlett johansson but this movie absolutely made no sense what so ever.And that ending was pretty stupid too.
Published 3 days ago by Dionne W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Stark, creepy, and really good movie
Great movie. The end is brilliant.
Published 3 days ago by BC
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