Under The Skin
Director: Jonathan Glazer
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Paul Brannigan
Genre: Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller
Country of Origin: UK 2013 108 mins.
Released by StudioCanal
'Will grip and amaze. Original, amusing, strange, horrific and memorable. Scarlett Johansson's a revelation.'
The idea of Scarlett Johansson as a nameless alien creature who stalks human prey has the makings of a fantasy world. Why is she here? Where has she come from? We don't know. Perhaps it is a fantasy world in this fascinating and wonderfully bizarre journey through the backstreets of Glasgow. It's slow, but be patient. It probably won't make mainstream circuits but it intrigues. The sun doesn't shine in this world. It's dark and callous. Alien, inhuman, the femme fatale in fake fur, bright red lips and a dark wig prowls the streets in an old white van van looking for under 30 men.They're lonely and looking for a woman and won't be missed. She lures them with ease as they descend naked into the pool of oblivion. But in her travels a meeting with a disfigured man who only shops at night elicits compassion infecting her with humanness. Dark, unusual, haunting and amusing - an alien enjoying the pleasure of Black Forest Gateau is a delight.
Filmed on location in Scotland, mostly undercover with a hidden camera working wonderfully as it travels from street, to supermarkets and night clubs. Mica Levi’s discordant string and synth score adds atmosphere to this alien world and 'it does get under your skin'.
It's an unusual and striking film and Scarlett Johansson is superb. Strange, bizarre, amusing, horrific, original and memorable.
It's divided opinion. You'll love the movie or hate it.