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Under the Skin (2013)

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  • Genre: Drama | Sci-Fi
  • Release Date: 4 April 2014 (USA)
  • Runtime: 108 min
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  • IMDb page: Under the Skin (2013)
  • Rate: 7.2/10 total 2,951 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Sci-Fi
  • Release Date: 4 April 2014 (USA)
  • Runtime: 108 min
  • Filming Location: Tantallon Castle, Auldhame, East Lothian, Scotland, UK
  • Director: Jonathan Glazer
  • Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy McWilliams, Lynsey Taylor Mackay | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Mica Levi (composed by)  
  • Soundtrack: Real Gone Kid
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Alien | Human Form | Scotland | Stripping | Rape

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Walter Campbell  screenplay
  • Michel Faber  novel
  • Jonathan Glazer 

Known Trivia

  • The men lured into the van by Scarlett Johansson’s character were not actors. Jonathan Glazer had hidden cameras installed in the van and only informed the men afterwards that they were in a movie. 191 of 192 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • The movie took nearly 10 years to be made and one of the early drafts of the scripts included a Scottish married couple, who were reveled to be aliens in disguise. Brad Pitt was then cast as one part of the couple. 19 of 20 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Gemma Arterton, Eva Green, Megan Fox, January Jones, Abbie Cornish, Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, Blake Lively and Jessica Biel were considered to play the lead role. 26 of 32 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Novelist and screenwriter Alexander Stuart (The War Zone) wrote the first three drafts of the script. 11 of 15 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |

Plot: An alien seductress preys upon hitchhikers in Scotland. |  »

Story: An alien seductress preys upon hitchhikers in Scotland.

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Gillian Berrie known as co-producer
  • Claudia Bluemhuber known as executive producer
  • Florian Dargel known as executive producer
  • Ian Hutchinson known as executive producer
  • Alexander O'Neal known as co-producer
  • Tessa Ross known as executive producer
  • Nick Wechsler known as producer
  • James Wilson known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Scarlett Johansson
  • Jeremy McWilliams
  • Lynsey Taylor Mackay
  • Dougie McConnell
  • Kevin McAlinden
  • D. Meade
  • Andrew Gorman
  • Joe Szula
  • Krystof Hádek
  • Roy Armstrong
  • Alison Chand
  • Ben Mills
  • Oscar Mills
  • Lee Fanning
  • Paul Brannigan
  • Marius Bincu
  • Scott Dymond
  • Stephen Horn
  • Adam Pearson
  • May Mewes
  • Michael Moreland
  • Gerry Goodfellow
  • Dave Acton
  • Jessica Mance
  • Jerome Boyle known as Walker (uncredited)
  • Antonia Campbell-Hughes known as Shadow Alien (uncredited)
  • Robert J. Goodwin known as Tearoom Customer (uncredited)
  • Steve Keys known as (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Christine Beveridge known as hair designer
  • Christine Beveridge known as makeup designer
  • Jessica Cruickshank known as make up assistant
  • Andy Garner known as special makeup effects artist
  • Ian Jones known as prosthetics crew: Asylum

Art Department:

  • Helen Allingham known as art department assistant
  • John Booth known as props
  • Jon Colson known as greensman
  • Simon Duric known as illustrator
  • Jim Elliott known as property master
  • Marianne Gallagher known as art department trainee
  • Roger Holden known as key greensman
  • Will Holden known as chargehand greensman
  • Gavin Johnson known as greensman
  • Adrian Marler known as storyboard artist
  • Jamie McCallum known as carpenter
  • Nicki McCallum known as assistant art director
  • Craig Menzies known as set/props buyer
  • Carly Parris known as assistant buyer
  • Imogen Toner known as art department assistant

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Film4 (presents)
  • British Film Institute (BFI) (as BFI) (presents)
  • Silver Reel (in association with)
  • Creative Scotland (in association with)
  • FilmNation Entertainment (in association with)
  • Nick Wechsler Productions (as Nick Wechsler)
  • JW Films
  • Scottish Screen
  • UK Film Council

Other Companies:

  • Audiolink Radio Communications  walkie talkies
  • BBVC  HD video assist equipment
  • Codex Digital  digital recording equipment
  • Company 3 London  digital intermediate
  • Driven Scotland  transport
  • Elstree Film & Television Studios  movie studio
  • HireWorks  Avid Nitris DX rental
  • Mediacom 24-7  accommodation and travel
  • Milan Records  soundtrack
  • Panalux  lighting equipment
  • Sapex Scripts  post-production script services
  • Wave Recording studios  foley

Distributors:

  • A-Film Benelux MSD (2014) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • A24 (2014) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Fine Films (2014) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • MVP Entertainment (2014) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Roadshow Films (2014) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • Senator Film (2014) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • StudioCanal (2014) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Amazon Instant Video (2014) (USA) (video)
  • Ascot Elite Entertainment Group (2014) (Switzerland) (all media)
  • Prorom Media-Trade (2014) (Romania) (all media)
  • R Film (2014) (Turkey) (all media)
  • Sun Distribution (2014) (Non-USA) (all media) (Latin America)

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Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • 4DMax (3D Cyber scanning and digital modelling)
  • Asylum Models & Effects
  • One Of Us

Visual Effects by:

  • Fiorenza Bagnariol known as digital film bureau
  • Louise Brand known as head of operations: 4DMax
  • Sarah Byers known as 3D camera tracker: One of Us
  • Earle Stuart Callender known as visual effects producer: One of Us
  • Jorge Canada Escorihuela known as digital compositor: One of Us
  • Tom Debenham known as visual effects supervisor: One of Us
  • Christophe Dehaene known as digital compositor: One of Us
  • Andrea Falcone known as senior character td: One of Us
  • Greg Fee known as vfx data wrangler: One of Us
  • Chaya Feiner known as visual effects producer: One of Us
  • Tim Field known as consultant vfx producer
  • Lucien Fostier known as digital compositor: One of Us
  • Richard Frazer known as digital compositor: One of Us
  • Andy Hague known as vfx editor
  • Andrew Hogden known as digital compositor: One of Us
  • Richard Hopkins known as texture artist: One of Us
  • Ritchie Hoyle known as rotoanim artist: One of Us
  • Timothy P. Jones known as digital film bureau
  • Duncan Lees known as head of 3D services: 4DMax
  • Laura Lynch known as senior visual effects coordinator: One of Us
  • Ian Mackinnon known as vfx technician: One of Us
  • Christina Mandia known as rotoanim artist: One of Us
  • Jeanette Monero known as compositor: One of Us
  • Daniel Moore known as rotoanim artist: One of Us
  • Stephen Murphy known as cg supervisor
  • Stephen Murphy known as look development
  • Louis Mustill known as technical supervisor: One of Us
  • Leila Nicotera known as visual effects coordinator: One of Us
  • Dominic Parker known as visual effects supervisor: One of Us
  • Laura Pavone known as digital film bureau
  • Cecile Peltier known as digital compositor
  • Rachael Penfold known as visual effects executive producer: One of Us
  • Colin Phillips known as lead software developer: One of Us
  • Emmanuel Pichereau known as digital compositor
  • Adrian Pinder known as cloth technical director: One of Us
  • Mike Pope known as digital artist: One of Us
  • Jean-Marc Rulier known as cyber scanning technician: 4DMax
  • Lewis Saunders known as digital compositor: One of Us
  • Petra Schwane known as compositing supervisor: One of Us
  • Abigail Scollay known as digital compositor
  • Steve Smith known as roto artist
  • Tom Sparks known as digital compositor: One of Us
  • Barny Stoppard known as digital artist: One of Us
  • Sam Swift-Glasman known as effects td: One of Us
  • Robert Timmins known as element shooter coordinator: One of Us
  • Tomas Tombakas known as data i/o operator: One of Us
  • Victor Tomi known as digital compositor
  • Cristina Vozian known as digital artist: One of Us
  • Samuel John Joseph Walsh known as 3d artist: One of Us
  • Dan Warder known as fx artist
  • Roland Watson known as data i/o operator: One of Us
  • Pat Wong known as senior compositor
  • Nicholas Zissimos known as compositor

MPAA: Rated R for graphic nudity, sexual content, some violence and language

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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  1. Eivinas Butkus from Vilnius, Lithuania
    07 Apr 2014, 5:00 pm

    I have to admit that I did not see the first minutes of the film.Neither have I read the book therefore I will write about this film asif it was a piece of art on its own, which it is.

    Under the Skin is a new picture from Jonathan Glazer, who has alsodirected Birth with Nicole Kidman and some music videos for bands likeRadiohead. The main character, alien Laura, is played by the famousactress Scarlett Johansson.

    Firstly, there is no obvious narrative in this film, because it doesnot have a big significance or importance here. On the most basic levelit is a story of an alien imposing a woman and seducing men from allover Scotland in order to drain their flesh. This is the most simplesummary of the movie. On deeper layers it is a serious study of oursociety. The film's main focus is on the inside and outside of things,the philosophy of form and material. Johansson's character isstruggling in this society. She is always portrayed as going againstthe stream, she is lost in the sea of rushing people who do not want toget deeper into things, because they know they could be hurt. This isrepresented in a very subtle visual way. For instance, roses look nicein the film, but they have spikes which make rose seller's hands bleed.A piece of cake seems delicious, but the taste of it is disgusting. Itis always the fight between the surface and depth in this film, thefirst impression and further investigation. I believe it is a veryimportant theme for our society where people are afraid of makingcommitments or engagements, where they seek for quick pleasures, eventhough they need true and honest love. The film is very strong visuallyand stylistically. In order for the reader to get a glimpse of what itis, I will say that it is sort of a combination of Kubrick, Lynch andvon Trier.

    Kubrick – for using clever cinematic language, for all the subliminalmessages that are there like a sign on a building saying "Open 24"which is pretty ironic as nobody in the film is truly open. Thedirector deliberately plays with this open and closed concept a lot.The music is somewhat similar to Eyes Wide Shut's too and I think it isused to the fullest in Under the Skin as a form of expression. One canalso feel the influence of 2001: A Space Odyssey with all those shotsof abstract liquids and close-ups of a human eye.

    Lynch – for the dreamy, surreal sequences and the guy with the uglyface. I see it as a direct reference to his film The Elephant Man wherehe also talks about the inner beauty of a human being.

    Von Trier – for the sea scene (Breaking the Waves), for the foggyscenes in the woods (Antichrist). Like it usually happens with vonTrier's work, someone might blame this film of cheap shock value. I donot think that is the case. The film is being a little provocative,indeed, but at the same time all those provocations are reasoned by themessage the director wants to convey.

    So one can easily feel some influence from other directors, maybe somereferences, but I should say that this film does not lack originalityat all. The directing decisions and the choice of music are as strongas the 2.5 minute close-up of Nicole Kidman's face in Birth. If youhave seen that scene, you know what you are dealing with here.

    Even though, in my opinion, the images are very meaningful andextremely powerful, Under the Skin has received a lot of contrastingresponses. Personally, I think the film is a masterpiece and it isworth the Golden Lion, but there are people who actually hated it andbooed at it after having seen it. I cannot really understand why theydid that, but I think it is good when a piece of art inflicts emotionsand receives such different responses. It means that it is not mediocreand that it will cause discussions, maybe some self reflection which isalways a good thing. The film suggests that I should get more intodetails, analyse things carefully from beginning to end, but I willnot, just because I want other people to see it first and make theirown conclusions. But obviously Under the Skin demands a bigger analysisthan this one. I will just say that I was blown away by what I saw onthe screen and by what I heard from the speakers. I hope I will get tosee it again on the big screen. It has so much power and it isquestioning the most important, essential things about our existence -our values as human beings. Where are we going, where are we rushing?Maybe we need to stop and look at the beauty around us? Maybe we shouldstop being superficial about others? Or maybe we are empty likeballoons ourselves? For me it is definitely the best film from the 70thVenice Film Festival and one of the best films I have seen in my life.

  2. Paul Hawkins from United Kingdom
    07 Apr 2014, 5:00 pm

    It is a perfectly paced surreal piece of cinema. its like nothing Ihave seen before. Stills from movie will shown in galleries for yearsto come.

    The film is not for everyone I must admit. But don't be discouraged bydim witted reviews. The plot is not explained by the characters atevery free moment and requires you think and use your imagination tofill in the blanks, which I found so refreshing.

    I urge you go check this film out first chance you. It's great tooriginal film and original film makers like Glazer pushing theboundaries of film in ways other vfx. The only way people like Glazerwill get to carry on making films if everyone gets out and supportsthese kinds of films. Or we just end up transformers 4 ,5 and 6.

  3. spacejunk001 from Montreal, Canada
    07 Apr 2014, 5:00 pm

    This is a film that will divide audiences, for sure – but, don'tforget, so did 2001: A Space Odyssey when it came out. Despite thepresence of a mainstream actress, and a science fiction premise, thisis an art film 100%, inviting a very subjective response fromaudiences. Which isn't to say it doesn't have a plot, though.Addressing the confusion of previous IMDb comments – the men thatJohansson's alien traps have their innards sucked out and transportedthrough a cosmic portal. One scene makes that pretty hard to miss! Thefilm is about her developing a morality based on her actions, andtrying to escape the purpose on earth that she's functioned for, thather overseers (the people on motorbikes – also aliens in human form)make sure she goes through with)

    A super-creepy music score, amazing visuals and a brave & mesmerizingperformance from SJ combine for a film that will be talked about foryears to come. Ignore whatever you read about it – especially the badcomments here, which are completely ignorant – and go in with an openmind.

  4. davidkhardman from United Kingdom
    07 Apr 2014, 5:00 pm

    In Under the Skin Scarlett Johansson plays an alien (in the skin of abeautiful woman with an English accent) who drives around Scotland in awhite van picking up single men, who she then takes back to a housewhere she traps them in a mysterious black alien dimension. The firsthalf of the film sees her navigating the streets of Glasgow, which -seen as though through her eyes – appears to us as a strange,unfamiliar world. Periodically, she stops and asks men for directions,then offers to give them a lift. Once they are in the passenger seatshe engages them in conversation. Apparently, at least some of thesestrangers were genuinely unsuspecting members of the public, and it isfascinating to watch their responses to Johansson's gentle flirtation(some don't respond and look away, others engage eye contact). We watchthese interactions from a variety of viewpoints, thanks to hiddencameras in the van.

    Once these men have been lured back to the alien's house, we see themin an extraordinary shiny black environment. They appear entranced byJohansson's alien, but as they walk towards her they sink beneath thesurface of a strange gelatinous substance, where they remain trapped.Johansson herself is able to walk atop the black surface. It's anincredibly striking piece of cinematography.

    In the second half of the film the action moves to the Scottishcountryside. We see the alien at a windswept coast, where she watchesblankly as a human tragedy unfolds in front of her. Later, a crisis ofsorts occurs and the alien finds herself stranded and vulnerable. Sheis taken in by a helpful stranger and there is a nod here to thetelevision watching scene from The Man Who Fell to Earth (David Bowie'scharacter sits watching an entire bank of televisions). However, it isa very British and a very funny nod – the alien sits impassively, anduncomprehendingly, watching Tommy Cooper performing his spoon-jarjar-spoon routine. In fact, this is just one of several scenes that areactually very funny, though how well that humour will be picked up byviewers outside of British shores is hard to say (apparently, at filmfestivals Under the Skin has been nearly unanimously well-received byBritish reviewers, but less so by others).

    Eventually, the alien leaves this refuge and finds herself in a forest,where she finds that she is no longer predator but prey.

    If you are the kind of person who likes to have things explained to youand wants loose ends tied up, then it is fair to say that this mightnot be the movie for you. However, if you enjoy poetic movies in whichfantastically strong visual images conjure up a variety of thoughts,then you won't find better than this. The strong cinematography isenhanced by a terrific and unsettling musical score.

    This is the best film I have seen this year.

  5. markgorman from United Kingdom
    07 Apr 2014, 5:00 pm

    You have never seen a movie even remotely like this.

    It's been a long time coming. Ten years in development, to be precise,and I've followed the saga throughout.

    My interest was based on my love of the source novel by Michel Faberwhich is a modern classic.

    Clearly the 10 year development period demonstrated the difficulty withwhich the novel would translate to the screen but, in my opinion, itwas worth the effort, and the wait.

    When I heard that it was in Jonathon Glazer's hands (Birth and SexyBeast) I was encouraged, and when I found out that Scarlett Johansenwas to play the central character Isserley (unnamed in the movie butcredited as Laura for some reason) my heart skipped a beat.

    I was not disappointed, but let's make no mistake, this is a Marmitemovie.

    My wife was bored to tears. And I can see why one IMDb reviewerheadlines his review "Tedious. Thoughtless. Empty. A failure in allways." But I disagree entirely. It's fair to say that the pace islaconic, but it's a thing of beauty and a movie packed full of ideas,unique special effects and greatness.

    If you haven't read the novel you might be forgiven for asking what thehell is going on in this story and, yes, there are elements of it thatare fully explored. The long section of the movie where Isserley combsthe streets of Glasgow, looking for her victims, with the help ofhidden cameras bringing a documentary feel to the whole proceeding, islong and a little repetitive. But it's necessary to show the exhaustionof her task and her eventual disintegration. What's more, it does notpaint the city in an entirely positive light. To that end CreativeScotland should be commended for supporting it. It's a movie packedwith visual metaphor. There are some moments of horror but they are farfrom gratuitous and all completely emotionless which is to be expectedgiven that Isserley is an alien, devoid of emotion, sent to earth tofarm unattached males for her home planet (not that you'd work thatout).

    From the opening sequence in which Isserley's eyes are created, toreplicate humans', the imagery is breathtakingly disconcerting. It'sunderpinned by an outstanding soundtrack by Mica Levi.

    Johansonn is magnificent. Isn't she always? She is brave to take on arole this opinion dividing, and she manages to exude a total lack ofemotion throughout in such a way that, unbelievably, you kind ofsympathise with her role as human culler.

    Glazer is magnificent. But he always is. Birth is a much underratedmovie and anyone who saw his debut, Sexy Beast, cannot fail to love theguy.

    This is a great movie. Rammed to the rafters with original thought.It's just a great pity so many of you will dislike it so much.

  6. ArT_of_InSaNiTy from United Kingdom
    07 Apr 2014, 5:00 pm

    I would like to start by saying i am a fan of films that are"different". I don't need a million gunshots or explosions to entertainme. I am not set on good guy vs bad guy and good guy winning. I likethought provoking films; i enjoy them much more than the soul suckingfilms that are manufactured on a daily basis. So i was intrigued bythis one. The trailer was dark and seemed full of suspense. The criticshad made bold comparisons with Stanley Kubrick, which in itself is amassive compliment. And as someone who lives in Scotland it had alittle sentiment to it.

    But for me it was dull. Every time i thought it was going to pick upthe pace, it decelerated. It was so slow it may as well have been goingbackwards. There are far too many scenes that are prolonged. I am fullyaware of its intention to focus on aesthetically driven scenes. But 5/6seconds is enough to appreciate it, not 10/15 seconds. At some points ithought the reel had maybe stuck and was expecting a CineWorld employeeto come pacing round the corner to explain that there was somethingwrong. It just pauses at points that don't need that much attention. Iam also aware of the symbolic nature the film carries. It is clearly afilm you need to look further to understand it in more depth. That isfine; i welcome that, but the problem is that it does this withoutconviction. I don't need to see the masses of drunkards who swarmSauchiehall Street 20 times. What is the purpose? To let us know thatwe, as people, blindly walk through life intoxicated not appreciatingthe finer things in life? That Under the skin we are empty? I assumethat is a candidate for its meaning.

    Scarlett Johansson doesn't have a lot to do in this film; basicallymake small talk and get naked, all the while with a plain face. Andconsidering how ridiculous the Scottish actors are made to look, maybeshe is due some credit for maintaining that straight face. There are afew things that bug me however; like she can walk down your averagestaircase, but panics with a spiral staircase. There is a definitepoint to this film, but with the layout, with there being no realculmination, no real explanation, it leaves you feeling you have beenrobbed of a film that could have been more. Could have told a betterstory. And for any Americans who watch, not all Scottish people talklike that, or wear horrible purple shirts, unnecessarily tucking theminto our over elevated jeans. We don't all support Hibs and when a vanis parked not all of us will gang up and try to break into the van. Sofeel free to visit. It is a nice place after all. Although the film hadsome stunning scenes and promotes Scotland visually, it doesn't exactlyput the people in a great light.

    I wanted to enjoy this film, but i couldn't. I wanted to agree withcomparisons with Kubrick, but i certainly won't. You can throwarguments of it was beautifully crafted or had symbolic serenity, butat the end of the day it is slow, uneventful and lacked culmination.

  7. Patrick James from Brighton & Hove, England
    07 Apr 2014, 5:00 pm

    I found this to be truly a remarkable film which explores so manythings. It is very powerful, when I came out of the cinema I felt likeI was an alien prowling around. I found myself looking at other peoplein the same detached way as the alien (Scarlett Johansson) in thisfilm.

    We view the world from the perspective of the alien for the most part.This impassiveness is sometimes shocking, such as the totalindifference to the fate of an 18 month old child, and sometimes darklyhumorous.

    The film also serves as a study of the behaviours of people when theyare on the verge of a sexual encounter. Some are remarkably naff. Someget nervous, anxious and evasive. Although the film has its detachedair, the subjects of the alien's gaze are portrayed in total reality.

    That sense of reality in the film is truly striking. I read somewherethat some of the scenes are of people who are interacting with ScarlettJohansson for real, they have been secretly recorded. However thosescenes are not discernible in any way from the rest of the film. Thewhole film feels immensely real apart from our prowling alien who iscontrastingly unreal.

    Other reviewers wish to say that the film borrows or mimics some otherdirectors. I think that it does to a certain degree, but not very much.There is a nod to Stanley Kubrik at the beginning, it is a glorious nodactually, but really that is the only Kubrikesque thing about the film.People like to make comparisons with Nicholas Roeg, however I don't seeanything of Roeg in the film. The actual story is similar to the ManWho Fell to Earth of course, but there isn't much similarity in the waythe two films are directed. The director that the film reminds me mostof is Andrei Tarkovsky. However for the most part this film isextremely original, truly the work of Jonathan Glazer.

    Scotland was the perfect location for this film. The rainy weather,opaque mists and thick forests all made ideal backdrops for the alien'sjourneying. Glasgow itself provided ideal prey for the alien. The youngmale Glaswegians are full of life and the alien is content to suck thatlife out of them.

  8. The Movie Vlog (jcb5781@gmail.com) from Canada
    07 Apr 2014, 5:00 pm

    Under The Skin represents a few things in my opinion but mostimportantly it represents a quality that has been missing from Cinemafor quite some time. It marks a return of the eeriehorror/Uncomfortable thriller (for want of a better description),something I thought we'd seen the last of after the passing of Kubrickback in the late 90's. It's 'Bodysnatchers', it's 'The Man Who Fell ToEarth', it's 'Don't Look Now', it's Kubrick, Roeg and Tarkovsky, it's abit Wells, Lovecraft and John W. Campbell and….so much more. Enoughcomparisons though, this is Jonathan Glazer, a very capable andtalented director who has made some of the best films (many of themmusic videos) in the last 20 years. This film is Glazerian. Or shouldthat be Glazeresque? You choose, the man is a genre. This isindependent film making at its finest. Every frame is beautiful, theperformances are perfect, Scarlett Johansson was a great choice of leadand it was nice to see Adam Pearson proving himself as more than just aChannel 4 freakshow stooge, he is one of the best parts of the film.The music is a huge part of this film and should get just as high abilling as the actors, Mica Levi has produced a truly awe-inspiringsoundtrack that will be remembered with the greats. Under The Skin willprove misunderstood on release but will gain following in the yearsafter, I honestly expect to be finding merchandise in all moviememorabilia shops alongside your Pulp Fiction, 2001: A Space Odysseyand Rocky posters very soon. This is a future classic, cult favoriteand probably my favorite film of the last 10 years. I'm not sure Icould be any more impressed, this is why I love Cinema!

  9. oOgiandujaOo from United Kingdom
    07 Apr 2014, 5:00 pm

    Containing a healthy dose of the abject, Under The Skin is a veryspecial movie which in one moment can baulk your mind, and in the otherplay the tender notes. Johansson has gained immortality here. Kubrickwould have been proud of the results, all the antique regions of themind, the bits that respond to ritual, the old fears, the stuff youcan't look at is here. As well as the depths of the moat, there's theheights of the spires. Incomprehensibility is part of the narrative'sbeauty, the glint that blinds and delights, and a reminder thatconfusion and fear are inextricably linked to happiness and revelation.If you have not seen this movie, prepare for awe.

  10. Lisbeth_S from United States
    07 Apr 2014, 5:00 pm

    Whenever you have a groundbreaking film that redefines Form, you aregoing to have some that either love it or hate it. Having said that, asI get older I more often find reading the user comments on IMDb fillsme with despair for the species. For anybody to dismiss Under The Skinas "boring" they must have no interest in human consciousness, science,technology, philosophy, history or the art of film-making. Finally Iunderstand why most Hollywood productions are so shallow and vacuous -they understand their audience.

    "Under The Skin" is unique among films in content and scope. Thecinematography is out-of-this-world, breathtaking, and the musicalscore is sublime. I rarely use the word "masterpiece" to describe amovie. But Jonathan Glazer's "Under The Skin" is art in the highestsense, like Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa", or Vincent Van Gogh's "TheStarry Night".

    The film requires you to watch in a different way than you normallywatch films. It requires you to experience strange and beautiful imageswithout feeling guilty that there is no complex plot or detailedcharacterization. Don't get me wrong, plots and characters are good,but they're not the be-all and end-all of everything. There aredifferent KINDS of film, and to enjoy 'Under The Sin' you must tuneyour brain to a different wavelength and succumb to the pleasure ofbeauty, PURE beauty, 'the vast unknown' and an Alien perspective,unfettered by the banal conventions of everyday films.

    "Under The Skin" is a absolutely unique movie experience. Those whomiss out on it do so at the detriment of their own intellectual andimaginative capacities.

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