Under the Skin
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From visionary director Jonathan Glazer (SEXY BEAST, BIRTH) comes a stunning career transformation, a masterpiece of existential science fiction that journeys to the heart of what it means to be human, extraterrestrial -- or something in between. A voluptuous woman of unknown origin (Scarlett Johansson) combs the highways in search of isolated or forsaken men, luring a succession of lost souls into an otherworldly lair. They are seduced, stripped of their humanity, and never heard from again. Based on the novel by Michel Faber (The Crimson Petal and the White), UNDER THE SKIN examines human experience from the perspective of an unforgettable heroine who grows too comfortable in her borrowed skin, until she is abducted into humanity with devastating results.
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Personally, I absolutely loved it. Best movie I've seen in a while. I don't know what everyone else was expecting. Action movie or something? Or I guess some of them were expecting a closer interpretation of the book (which I haven't read... yet). I can understand disappointment at a movie edition, having been burned by that a few times, but I'm also pretty good at treating the movie and book versions of things as completely separate entities, if the other still has merit.
This does. It's slow, very slow-paced. But never for an instant boring. The premise (which probably differs completely from the book, hence the disappointment I guess?) is essentially about a monster, caring nothing for those she manipulates and beguiles, who gradually becomes self-aware, grows the beginnings of a conscience, and a curiosity about herself and the world around her. This simple idea is played out at a deliciously serene pace (with some decidedly sharp-edge moments), letting the movie's imagery speak as much as possible.
The first half of the movie seems to be devoted to demonstrating how utterly without empathy or concern for any human being she is - boundlessly monstrous. And then a moment arrives where she seems to begin to understand what she's doing, at a level she had not, and leaves to find herself, and try to pick up the pieces of her confusion, and cope with the unconquerable differences between herself and the people that she would otherwise allow to become part of her life.
The end is tense, and a little surprising (but not very - there are shocking moments in the movie, but not ever really surprising, as the was telegraphed loudly from the second the movie begins), and possibly anticlimactic... but seems fitting anyway. I enjoyed the whole ride quite a bit.
So, bottom line: if you loved the book and are hoping for a movie version of it, my impression is you'll be disappointed. If you're easily bored/distracted and require constant stimulation, this is not your movie. If you like horror movies that don't depend on constant shock-value, but rather subtlety, suspense, revulsion, with a few shocks peppered more tastefully, then you may love this, as I did. (I also loved the Swedish movie "Let The Right One In", which I think could be compared in some ways stylistically with this).
Under the Skin is a dark movie and the plot is difficult to follow. It is not your typical Scarlett Johannson action or romantic/drama film. Those who want to see another side of Johansson and/or see her nude will probably enjoy it - otherwise watch a Marvel Fantastic Four (or whatever they are called.)
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