“Under the Skin” is a sci-fi flick which stars Scarlett Johansson (Laura), Jessica Mance (Alien) and Paul Brannigan (Andrew). The film was written by Walter Campbell and directed by Jonathan Glazer. It will be released in U.S. theatres on April 4, 2014. Read on for the “Under the Skin” movie review and a brief synopsis of the film.
“Under the Skin” Film Synopsis:
The movie was based on a novel by Michael Faber. Laura, an alien, is from Scotland, and her hikers are her favourite dish. She lures men into sex, then later takes home their organs as a souvenir. Another alien that is trapped in a male’s body is able to detect Laura.
She goes into the forest and rests in a cabin. A forest ranger tries to rape her. In the process, the ranger tears her skin and reveals the alien within. The ranger kills her by burning her alive.
“Under the Skin” Movie Review:
Although the movie is set to hit U.S. theatres on April 4, 2014, the top critics already laid out their verdict on it. It scored 88% on Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer and 94% of the moviegoers would like to see it.
Meanwhile, it has received mixed reviews. Variety’s Scott Foundas described Glazer’s work as ambitious.
“Jonathan Glazer’s long-awaited third feature is an undeniably ambitious but ultimately torpid and silly tale of an alien on the prowl,” wrote Foundas in his article in Variety.
Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair particularly cited that “Under the Skin” is a movie about loneliness.
“This is a movie that at its most sensitive is about loneliness, and at its bleakest and most searching is a look at the mechanics of sexual predation,” said Lawson in the Vanity Fair review.
Furthermore, in an interview with The Guardian, Scarlett Johansson explained why she agreed to do the movie. She mentioned about having heard of Jonathan developing a story that was entirely original and different. She also particularly pointed out the challenge of portraying an alien role, and the idea that could give Jonathan the freedom to be observant without judgment.
“I think we were both interested in that. I thought it would be incredibly challenging to play a character that’s free of judgment, that has no relationship to any emotion I could relate to,” said Johansson in The Guardian.
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