Weird, disturbing, confusing, explicit, odd but memorable sci-fi
- Under the Skin review by PV
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
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
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Under the Skin
- Under the Skin review by TD
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.
Most intriguing film for a long time
- Under the Skin review by JM
As I write this, I note there are eleven reviews. That's quite a number for a small film, and a scan down the star ratings tell you that it's a film you ieither love or hate. It is strange, it is mysterious, it is haunting. Essential a low budget art-house film and many scenes are surreal and bizarre but for me, the questions about what the heck the plot was about kept coming into my mind for several days afterwards. As did the weird musical score: each time her hunger or pain increased, the music is very effective, and these sections keep coming into my mind. The story isn't clear, but for me the film was by no means one of those one star wonders that you give up watching, and surprisingly, it did keep me riveted.
Reading various websites, there's a whole bunch of opinions concerning what the film is about: don't expect any answers - just enjoy its understated excellence. The storyline is left up to the viewer to solve, so you can make of it what you will, but because the plot isn't ladled on with a large spoon doesn't mean it isn't enjoyable! It's an arthouse film and you should be aware of that before you start otherwise you'll be disappointed. Such films aren't always "in yer face" and do not have straight forward answers. Witness the fact that the Director took ten years to settle on how to make it, and you'll see it wasn't easy.
I'm impressed that Scarlet Johansson had the guts to make this film and collaborated with minor actors and non-actors in doing so. It's also a brave role which she plays absolutely brilliantly, and in passing how many top rate Hollywood actresses would play scenes completely full frontal naked without a body double? And isn't it counter-intuitive that there's been no fuss or puerile interest in that fact? All praise to her for taking it on.
By the way, I believe it is Glasgow, not Edinburgh, though someone will no doubt correct me. I would recommend playing the "extra" on this disc as they do help give some valuable background.
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