Rent Under the Skin (2013)

3.0 of 5 from 810 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
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
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
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
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

Beautifully photographed, unsettling, eerie, erotic, mildly scary sci-fi - Under the Skin review by RP

Spoiler Alert

Does the idea of being seduced by a sexy alien disguised as Scarlett Johansson in a Transit van appeal to you? If you like that idea, then you might like 'Under the Skin' - it reminded me of 'The Man Who Fell to Earth' crossed with 'Species' and set in Scotland.

It's directed by Jonathan Glazer whose best-known film is the gloriously over-the-top crime caper 'Sexy Beast'.

'Under the Skin' is one of those films you'll either love or hate - is it boring load of old twaddle with not a lot going on, or is it a beautifully photographed, unsettling, eerie, erotic, mildly scary sci-fi film?

I quite enjoyed it so I guess I fall into the latter camp, so I'll give it an over-generous 4/5 stars.

[Aside 1: I'm now off to order the book by Michel Faber which is reputedly much better]

[Aside 2: Whenever I see ScarJo, why does the old Sex Pistols song 'Pretty Vacant' come to mind...]

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Under the Skin - Under the Skin review by TD

Spoiler Alert

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.

Found it boring, slightly disturbing in places.. - Under the Skin review by CK

Spoiler Alert

I gave it a go, but the first 30 mins were fairly repetitive and not very interesting. I'll stick with a film if I think its going somewhere but found myself fast forwarding through it to see if anything was going to actually happen... I wouldn't recommend it. I don't mind disturbing, boring doesn't do it fro me though...

0 out of 2 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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