April 18, 2014 Leave a comment
Aliens that abduct people and do really horrible things with them. An alien that looks past her job and into exactly what it means to be the things she’s tasked to collect. Heavy, man.
If I had to grade Under the Skin, I’d give it a B. Truly avant-garde filmaking, and not just for weirdness’ sake. But it’s a love/hate proposition that not everyone will clamor for.
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Twitview — Scarlett Johansson bares more than her skin in this acid-trip sci-fi story. And it pays off.
You’re probably used to seeing Scarlett Johansson being an A-#1 Badass lately. With The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the upcoming Lucy, she’s all sortsa fierce. But in Under the Skin, she plays a no-named alien whose mission is to lure men to a black room, where they’re sucked into a pit and…well, not quite sure. Director Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast) gives you an intimate look into the life of a creature that lives to carry out her orders. It’s a fascinating look, and a damn intriguing film. Truth be told, you’ll either love it or you’ll hate it. Glazer’s strange, wandering storytelling, and his freaky way of giving no character a name will either drive you bonkers, or allow you to sink in and immerse yourself in the story. Think of Under the Skin as a sci-fi art film, one that’s more interested in mood and performance than substance. It asks the question what does it mean to be human, and gives no real answers. If you’re okay with that, you’ll be amazed at the performances and themes in the film. If not? Well, you’ll most likely want to see me roast in hell for telling you this movie is fascinating stuff. Potato, po-tah-to.