Jonathan GlazerUK107 minutes2013ColourEnglish
Scarlett Johansson stars as a voracious alien seductress who scours remote highways and backroads for human prey, in this sci-fi thriller from director Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth).
The long-awaited third feature from director Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth) takes a trashy exploitation-film premise — a deadly alien seductress (Scarlett Johannson) on the hunt for unwitting male prey — and transforms it into a dazzling formal exercise. Her identity and motives unclear, her eyes deadened but alert, Johansson's nameless predator prowls the cities, highways and backroads of Scotland seeking victims, luring men and taking lives with frightening casualness — until one fateful encounter threatens to derail her obscure mission by awakening something entirely unfamiliar within her. Brilliantly putting Johansson's sensual presence to chilling ends, proceeding at its own purposeful rhythm and gradually layering one eerie and enigmatic detail atop another, Under the Skin is "visually stunning and deeply disturbing: very freaky, very scary and very erotic" (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian).