Under the Skin

A new review from The Movie Snob.

Under the Skin  (D).  Director Jonathan Glazer’s last movie was the 2004 release Birth, which I thoroughly disliked but saw anyway because it starred Nicole Kidman.  Now Glazer is back with this creepy sci-fi movie starring Scarlett Johansson (Vicky Cristina Barcelona) as . . . well, it’s hard to say exactly.  My best guess is that she is an alien in human form, kind of like Jeff Bridges in Starman, but she is definitely not just trying to get home.  Basically, she drives a van around Scotland, looking for men who are unattached and won’t be missed.  When she finds one, she lures him back to her lair (not difficult, since he is invariably lonely, and she looks like Scarlett Johansson with short dark hair) where something decidedly unpleasant happens to him.  But that makes the movie sounds more straightforward than it is.  It is extremely slow and arty and vague, and it sort of reminded me of another arty sci-fi film I really disliked, Upstream Color.  But if you’re in the mood for a slow, creepy, unsettling, confusing movie, this is the film for you.  Rated R for graphic nudity, sexual content, some violence, and language.  In short, not recommended.

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3 comments on “Under the Skin

  1. Joachim Boaz says:

    ” My best guess is that she is an alien in human form” — of course she is. Not sure why you needed to “guess.”

    You disliked Upstream Color? What?

    Argh, time to move on to another review blog 😉 tehehe.

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