Under the Skin


This movie was bizarre. I wasn’t sure what to think of it when I saw Scarlett Johansson was in it, I’ve only seen her in one other movie and she was less than impressive. She does however, do an incredible job in this Sci-Fi flick. The movie reminds me of a European avant-garde type of film, very little dialogue, strange camera angles and a mood setting musical score. Be forewarned, if you’re expecting warp drives, explosions, Light Sabers, chest bursting aliens or tentacle faced extra-terrestrials, you’re in for a disappointment. The budget for CGI was obviously low, but the director/ producer makes great use of what was available to them. The story is ambiguous, and we are never quite told exactly what Johansson’s character, and her motorcycle riding accomplice are doing with the men she abducts. There are a few scenes in the beginning, which show the “victims” descending through a fluent floor while Johansson gazes on, unaffected, however, what actually happens to them, or the reason these “aliens” are doing this remains unexplained. Johansson delivers an incredible performance as the alien-in-a-human-form-girl, conveying emotion through expressions rather than dialogue. It appears that as she continues to abduct single, unattached men (IE; they won’t be missed because of their non-attached status) she begins to exhibit remorse, especially when she encounters and abducts a lonely young man with a facial deformity. The uncompromising ending doesn’t tie up the loose ends nor does it shed light on the alien’s “motives” but it is still, an incredible movie filled with an equally incredible musical score. It was shot on location in Scotland, and the producers make use of the beautiful scenery, lending a feeling of isolation and loneliness to the movie. Highly recommended.

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  1. John,

    Your write up of this movie makes me want to see it. Is it playing widely or only in select theaters?


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