Under the Skin is a 2013 science fiction film directed by Jonathan Glazer and written by Glazer and Walter Campbell, loosely based on the 2000 novel by Michel Faber. It stars Scarlett Johansson as an otherworldly woman who preys on men in Scotland. (Wikipedia)
Highly rated low budget sci-fi flick with Johansson playing an alien seductress. Nothing really happens except for Scarlet Johansson luring unsuspecting horny Scots into her lair where their essence is drained from them, leaving their skin behind. Sure, you get Scarlet Johansson in the buff for your troubles and other eye candy in the form of bleak Scottish landscapes but more than that? Not much else to recommend itself in terms of story-telling, Under the Skin has a strong sense of the ‘arthouse film’ about it. You know, the kind that announces in every frame – “Look at me, I’m fuckin’ art!”. Not so much.
And yes, there are themes of identity and self embedded in the purplish storyline of an alien feeding on human beings but after you realise that basic premise is developed from Men in Black (!), it’s hard to take this too seriously, I’m afraid!
In the final analysis, Under the Skin will appeal mainly to arthouse buffs and fans of Johansson, of course.
Watch Under the Skin on Amazon Prime Video.
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