Under the Skin is about an alien that took a human form and is in a journey through Scotland. The alien took the form of a woman dropped on earth for the purpose of capturing men. It is not clear what happens to those men. They are brought into a pitch-black zone, submerged in a liquid, and seem to have their innards sucked out.
The film begins with the construction of that eye and the first half of the movie is spent on the hunt and the disposition of the prey. The characters have no names; all but Scarlett Johansson are random people whom the actress spotted while driving the streets of Glasgow and seduced into her van. It is not clear what happens to the men after they were lured to the van by the alien.
Scarlett Johansson did an outstanding performance using mostly her body and eyes with minimum dialogue although her Scottish accent is almost incomprehensible. Her performance is almost masterful set against a bleak Scottish landscape.
The movie is weird and creepy but in a good way; it is brutal and provocative from start to the end but portions of the film is slow and sometimes boring. If you are into big production and eye candy movies, you may not like Under the Skin. This is an “artsy” movie.
It stars Scarlett Johansson as Laura, Paul Brannigan as Andrew and Jessica Mance as the Alien. Directed by Jonathan Glazer and written by Walter Campbell.
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