'Under the Skin', starring Scarlett Johansson,is out on DVD.
Unless you're the type of person who follows live feeds from the Cannes Film Festival or bets a friend on which movie will win the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, you can probably be forgiven for totally missing Under The Skin - Jonathan Glazer's Scottish highlands set drama starring Scarlett Johansson as a man-eating alien. Yep, this film exists, and I'm about to tell you why you should buy it on DVD.
Scarlett Johansson in 'Under the Skin'
The movie was released in the UK in March and received generally positive reviews as well as scoring a healthy box office. It opened with a gross of £239,000 - hugely encouraging for a relative low budget indie opening in Britain.
We're not going to mention the Scarlett Johansson nude scene, either.
U.K cinemagoers, you’re spoiled for choice this weekend with both Zero Theorem and Under The Skin released tonight. But it’s the latter we think you should be watching, and we’re about to tell you why.
Scarlett Johansson stars in Under The Skin
‘Under The Skin’ sees Scarlett Johansson play an alien roaming the bleak streets of Glasgow in search for men. Luckily, she’s in human form, and that human form happens to be that of Scarlett Johansson, who plays the role of a siren rather convincingly. Basically, her attracting men into a trap isn’t that unrealistic. There’s your first reason for watching it.
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Scarlett Johansson goes off the radar in this low-budget Scottish thriller, which is far more offbeat than anything she's ever done before. Her fans are likely to be perplexed by the film's lack of any meaningful dialog, its ambiguous plot and relentlessly artful imagery. But inventive filmmaker Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast) has created one of the most atmospheric sci-fi horror movies in recent memory.
Just outside Glasgow, an alien creature assumes the shape of a woman (Johansson) and starts prowling the city streets in search of men. With disarming flirtation, she sparks the sexual appetites of a series of guys, luring them into her inky lair, where they're trapped like bugs in a roach motel. But some unexpected events get her thinking about human sexuality, so she decides to explore it herself. With the next guy, she has a go at romance, and then later she puts herself into a startlingly vulnerable situation. But by going off the grid, she alerts her alien cohorts that something isn't quite right.
By refusing to use standard storytelling or filmmaking techniques, Glazer has made a movie that feels like it comes from outer space. But while we never get a grip on any of the characters, we can easily identify with the yearning emotions they're feeling. Which draws us in on a deeper level than we expect. In this respect, Johansson's performance is unusually subdued. Setting her glamorous Hollywood image aside, she becomes a lost soul who almost looks frumpy (she's still gorgeous enough to get any man she wants), and her search for meaning in human sexuality is fascinating.
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Here are some reasons to see 'Under The Skin'
Jonathan Glazer’s ‘Under The Skin’ is released tomorrow in the U.K; the oft-talked about thriller sees Scarlett Johansson play an alien in human form, who – on a mission on earth – acts as a seductress, luring men and sending them back to her home planet, where they are considered a delicacy.
Scarlett Johnasson in Under The Skin
The eerie film has attracted plenty of attention, partly due to its filming technique – Johansson drove around Glasgow in a van, inviting men to join her. Some agreed, some didn’t, and out of the ones that did, a select few were chosen to actually appear in the movie.
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The world just isn't safe with the likes of Laura interspersed across the human race. An alien transformed to look like a dazzlingly attractive human woman, she is ordered by her own world to travel to Earth to target unsuspecting wanderers and hitchhikers in a twisted scheme set up by her planet to harvest human bodies for meat. But adapting to a new planetary lifestyle has its difficulties and Laura finds herself struggling with the vast day-to-day changes. She soon begins to realise the power in her beautiful appearance, however, and takes to the roads of Scotland to seduce and drug her usually male targets, offer them to her leaders and thus complete her dastardly assignment.
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Watch the creepy 2-minute trailer tonight
Scarlett Johansson, 29, plays a seductive alien who, in ‘perfect’ human form, combs the streets and landscape of Glasgow for fresh meat to send back to her kind in Jonathan Glazer’s Under The Skin. And it has a new stylish and terrifying trailer for your delectation.
Scarlett Johansson Plays An Alien Temptress On The Prowl In 'Under The Skin.'
The alien femme fatale uses a dead woman’s body as a disguise, luring men with her attractive figure before they’re engulfed in a mysterious black liquid while they undress. Their soul stolen, she moves onto her next victim. Until one man brings an end to her mission. The film wasn’t shot using conventional methods.
Last year's festival darling approaches widespread release.
The official Studio Canal trailer has been released for the unique science fiction thriller Under The Skin, which enjoyed widespread critical acclaim during a healthy run at film festivals last year. The movie's most immediately apparent selling point is Hollywood A-lister Scarlett Johansson who takes the lead role of Laura, an alien sent to Earth to prey on hitchikers in Scotland.
Scarlett Johansson Plays An Alien Temptress On The Prowl In 'Under The Skin.'
The bizarre movie has been adapted from Michel Faber's original novel by director Jonathan Glazer ('Sexy Beast,' 'Birth') and represents his most prominent film to date. Under The Skin sent a chill running down the Venice and Toronto Film Festival's collective spine when it made its debut at the respective movie showcases.
Laura is an alien in human form sent down from her planet to harvest human beings as meat in any way she can. Confused by the strange new world she has landed in and by her own appearance, she walks the streets of Scotland seducing and drugging her targets - which are mainly unsuspecting men - before taking them back to the rich corporation she works for to be reduced to food.
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Scarlett Johansson appears to drive Jonathan Glazer's latest movie - but is that enough?
Under the Skin, the third movie from Jonathan Glazer, has severely divided critics at the Venice Film Festival with some calling it astonishing, one of the finest films of the year, and others bemoaning it as silly and throwaway.
Premiering earlier on Tuesday (September 3, 2013), the drama was certainly divisive, though as the boos and heckles rang around the Italian auditorium, some critics were already scribbling hugely positive reviews.
Filmed on location in Glasgow and the Scottish Highlands, Under the Skin stars Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson as an alien in a sleek black wig who feasts on innocent ramblers. As Robbie Collin of The Telegraph writes in his five-star review, "She takes care to pick off men who won't be missed: lonely souls out late at night with no girlfriends or wives to come looking for them. They get into her van, and the next we see of them they are walking into a black room, naked and visibly aroused, tempted forward by Mica Levi's metronomic score and Johansson's impossible body."
Birth hangs its hat on a delicate premise that demands kid gloves if it seriously hopes to sustain the already shaky credibility. An elegant transition of life forces starts the film. Physician Sean dies while jogging. Simultaneously, a baby is born. Fast forward 10 years, where a cave-eyed child coincidentally named Sean (Cameron Bright) claims to Upper West Side basket case Anna (Nicole Kidman) that he is her reincarnated ex-husband. Anna's humorless fiancée (Danny Huston) scoffs at the idea. Her mother (a neglected Lauren Bacall) displays indifference. ("I never liked Sean, anyway," she articulates.) But Anna's not so quick to write the boy off.
Continue reading: Birth Review
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