Under The Skin [Blu-ray + Digital]
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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 ›
Not entirely original, but original enough in one way: Jonathan Glazer attempts to place us in the point-of-view of a truly alien intelligence. Cinema's humanoid aliens -- "Starman", the New Agey weirdos in "Cocoon", among others -- usually tend more toward human than alien. They fall in love, they drink wine, they eat. They're like spaced-out exchange students. Despite Scarlett Johansson's exquisite (and I mean exquisite) exterior, she barfs up a piece of tempting chocolate cake after attempting a bite. No humanoid she. She sits in her van stone-faced, alert in the manner of a one-track-minded insect, on the lookout for unattached males who might not be missed all that much. Once she snares her quarry, she takes the man to a dumpy flat and slowly walks away at a distance, shedding her clothes piece by piece. Her victims always follow (duh), also shedding their clothes, not realizing that the floor beneath their feet has turned into black goo. They eventually sink into the goo, expectant John Thomases and all. Forever disappointed. :(
The film's narrative is split in two. The first half deals with Johansson luring her victims into the harvesting pool of goo. We watch her drive around, accompanied by an assisting alien on a motorcycle (amazing driving through bad Highlands weather by road racer Jeremy McWilliams), wondering what she and her fellow aliens want with us. We're chilled by the lack of emotion and the endless routine. We're also a little bored by it. Glazer used no real-life actors other than Johansson; the fellows were local Glasgow guys who must've thought they had died and gone to heaven, talking to Scarlett Johansson, or at least her lookalike, in a van.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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This movie isn't everyone's cup of tea but it's beautiful and strange that I, for one, couldn't turn away from it. Read morePublished 4 hours ago by E.
It drags a bit here and there, but overall I found it distinctive and compelling. A good example of how an actor can deliver a great, nuanced performance while hardly emoting at... Read morePublished 8 hours ago by Amazon Customer
i will never be able to adequately describe the mood i was in for the entire week after first viewing. Read morePublished 12 hours ago by Darin Holden
A bit slow. Lot's of driving around scene's. It look's like the movie was made very early in Scarlett Johansson's career.Published 13 hours ago by Dah King
Did not care for the style of the movie or the insertion of gratuitous scenes. Turned off after 20 minutes.Published 17 hours ago by Michael Alan Rutt
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