Rent Under the Skin (2013)

3.0 of 5 from 824 ratings
1h 44min
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Synopsis:
An alien entity inhabits the earthly form of a seductive young woman who combs the Scottish highways in search of the human prey it is here to plunder. It lures its isolated and forsaken male victims into an otherworldly dimension where they are stripped and consumed. But life in all its complexity starts to change the alien. It begins to see itself as 'she', as human, with tragic and terrifying consequence. 'Under the Skin' is about seeing ourselves through alien eyes.
Actors:
, , Lynsey Taylor Mackay, Dougie McConnell, Kevin McAlinden, D. Meade, Andrew Gorman, , , Roy Armstrong, Alison Chand, Ben Mills, Oscar Mills, , , Marius Bincu, , Stephen Horn, , May Mewes
Directors:
Producers:
Nick Wechsler, James Wilson
Writers:
Walter Campbell, Jonathan Glazer
Others:
Mica Levi
Studio:
StudioCanal
Genres:
British Films, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
14/07/2014
Run Time:
104 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Behind-the-Scenes interviews on:
  • Camera
  • Casting
  • Editing
  • Locations
  • Music
  • Poster Design
  • Production Design
  • Script
  • Sound
  • VFX
BBFC:
Release Date:
14/07/2014
Run Time:
108 minutes
Bonus:
  • Behind-the-Scenes interviews on:
  • Camera
  • Casting
  • Editing
  • Locations
  • Music
  • Poster Design
  • Production Design
  • Script
  • Sound
  • VFX

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Reviews (16) of Under the Skin

Weird, disturbing, confusing, explicit, odd but memorable sci-fi - Under the Skin review by PV

Spoiler Alert
18/10/2014

This is such a weird film - I found it rather disturbing but it did stick in my mind for ages afterwards. It's the sort of film whose images could give those of a nervous disposition nightmares...

As you'd expect from former ad-man Glazer, it is beautifully filmed, looking like a pop video in parts.

Set in 2014 Referendum Scotland, with some incomprehensible Glasgow accents (use the subs), it went completely into weirdness at the film seduction - which is surprisingly explicit. I shall never look at Celtic fans the same way again...There then follows another seduction and another and really disturbing weirdness.

I am not a sci-fi fan and am not really sure what it was all about (maybe I shall find someone who's read the book to tell me). I think it's about an alien who wants to be human - but who knows?

But I would really like to have seen this on the big screen because the visuals deserve it. But maybe I'd have a stiff drink first...

4 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

Don't waste your time with watching this Zzzz film - Under the Skin review by SW

Spoiler Alert
14/08/2015

Can't believe this is a film made in 2013. It's like something from the 70's .

It must have been made on a very limited budget and script.

Take my advise and don't bother watching it. As it is totally Naff. No story. No acting . I watched it all the way through as I hoped it might get better. It did not, now I'm wishing I had not wasted my time on it.

Basic story is female alien gets zipped into the skin of a female victim. Who then drips round Scotland looking for prey. To take back to a derelict building, then she strips and the poor chap, thinks there luck is in , so follows her across a black floor, then they are consumed in fluid. Then she's off to pick next victim. This carry a on pretty much for the entire film.

I would have enjoy waxing the husbands leg more

4 out of 6 members found this review helpful.

Under the Skin - Under the Skin review by TD

Spoiler Alert
14/10/2014

Visually fascinating, with music to match. Not sure what it was about, but I watched it twice - this must mean something...

I would recommend the film - be good to see it in a group on a big screen.

3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

Under the Skin review by George Hooper - Cinema Paradiso

When you think alien invasion you think large spaceships, strange looking aliens and a whole lot of running. This might be because of the many Roland Emmerich and Michael Bay pictures that insist that this is how alien life will present itself to us but by this stage its just what you expect. Under The Skin however is the story of aliens but is a much more personal and quiet story.

The film follows an alien woman (Scarlett Johansson) who roams the streets of Edinburgh picking up lonely men and taking them to be used by her masters. However when she begins to connect with her victims on a personal level she begins to question her role in this plan and what she can possibly get out of it.

While Under The Skin is about a strange force encroaching upon the normal world it is also about everything we keep hidden about ourselves from our personal wants to our sexual desires. While she silently hunts she contemplates where she belongs in this world and her connection to the people living in it but she also seeks something more than the solitary life her mission affords her.

When she finally starts looking for more she learns more about what we shouldn’t want and the things in life that often bring heartbreak and deception. Johansson brings this indecision and fear to life while still accentuating the alien about her. While the visuals prove powerful and vivid the film drags on as it proves hard to truly comprehend the story being told as everything about this woman is a mystery, something we may never figure out.

The film looks into the darkness that surrounds all of us but it rarely makes any kind of comment about leaving viewers to make decisions based on the slim moments of understanding we can glean from this womans life and the darkness she sees along the way. While its all well and good learning about us through the eyes of something new its hard to understand most of the films enigmatic story and it may leave you ever so slightly confused

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