Under The Skin (2013)

logoDirector: Jonathan Glazer

Writer: Walter Campbell, Jonathan Glazer (Screenplay) Michel Faber (Novel)

Starring: Scarlett Johansson


Plot: A female alien comes to Scotland to replace a deceased alien. She drives a van through the roads and streets seducing lonely men to process their bodies. Soon the emotionless alien sees her human form in a mirror and she experiences the human emotions and feelings coming to a tragic discovery.


Verdict: Art House Thriller


Story: With a script that could have easily been put on post it notes, the film focuses on what is going on, on camera. The story does unfold beautifully with strong use of music and clever camera work mixed in with Johansson performance. The story follows her use her seduction power to lure men to a painful death to full something, which I don’t think we learn about as we are focusing on the alien’s trip around Scotland. It shows how she learns about the humans and even grows to sympathise with them as she sees how they treat each other. (7/10)


Actor Review


Scarlett Johansson: The Alien the beautiful alien going around looking for lonely men to take back to her seduction area, where they are sucked into some sort of goo. Once she sees her human form she starts to wonder what she is doing is right but this could be her downfall. Brilliant performance from Scarlett who grabs your full attention with her performance, as you just want to know what she will do next. (9/10)


Director Review: Jonathan Glazer – Great direction turning what could be an over the top film into a lovely art house piece that makes you think while giving your full attention to the screen. (9/10)


Sci-Fi: Great use of the genre with moments that don’t go too in depth but other something new to the ideas of an alien visit. (9/10)

Thriller: Pulls you write in from the first moment to the last. (8/10)

Settings: The setting of Scotland gives some beautiful scenery but it is the craft or transformation location that really stands out. (8/10)
Special Effects
: Good special effects with the seduction scenes. (8/10)

Suggestion: This really is one for the film fans, but the casual fans may find this difficult to watch, but trying it will be rewarded. (Try It)


Best Part: Seduction scenes

Worst Part: Won’t appeal to the casual fan.

Kill Of The Film: The victims of the seductions.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $2.5 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 47 Minute


Overall: Good Art House Film With A Brave Performance From Johnasson

Rating 85

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