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Under the Skin
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Jul 30, 2014 By: Mathew Plale
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Director:
Jonathan Glazer

Actors:
Scarlett Johannson
Jeremy McWilliams
Lynsey Taylor Mackay

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
An alien (Johannson) discovers more about herself while on a mission to Earth.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Shes first seen as a spec of light, which forms into her eyeball. Then her mouth starts sounding out words in a language she isnt yet familiar enough with.

She (Scarlett Johansson) is an alien that has come from somewhere to Earth in order to fulfill her duty. To blend in, shell have to steal clothes and throw on deep lipstick. This also helps her pick up men, although shes less interested in having sex with them than they would be with her. Her mission, instead, is to lure them to a lair, where the men are tricked into stepping into a lake filled with an inky liquid that quickly pulls them under the surface.

Its not explained why the alien must do this, but it doesnt entirely matter. UNDER THE SKIN is less about story and dishing out answers than it is about the experience and pondering the questions.

Jonathan Glazer has been an intriguing director since he made his debut with 2000s SEXY BEAST. His latest isnt just the best of his career so far, its also one of the most fascinating science-fiction films in years. It is a quiet, cerebral film that reminds the learned viewer of such essentials as Stanley Kubricks 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, Andrei Tarkovskys SOLARIS and Nicolas Roegs THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH. Like those films, UNDER THE SKIN (which is written by Glazer and Walter Campbell, adapting Michael Fabers 2000 novel) delicately develops the atmosphere and environment and refuses to hand the viewer anything.

Such an approach could frustrate many, but it serves the film (and even genre) tremendously. It could be easy to throw a series of answers that neatly wrap up the story and lead character, but then there wouldnt be as much to theorize about afterwards.

THE EXTRAS
The Making of UNDER THE SKIN (42:23) is divided into 10 featurettes, which can be viewed separately or as a whole. They are: Camera, Casting, Editing, Locations, Music, Poster Design, Production Design, Script, Sound and VFX. While a commentary by director Jonathan Glazer would have been welcomed, these featurettes provide great detail on various production aspects and will certainly satisfy fans.

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FINAL DIAGNOSIS
UNDER THE SKIN is one of the best and most intriguing science-fiction films in years and calls to mind such cerebral classics as THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH and SOLARIS. The only special feature is a collection of ten making-of featurettes.
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10:37AM on 07/30/2014
who would have thought seeing ScarJo naked would be such a huge letdown, but that explains her hesitancy to be naked. I was just hoping she would have a killer body where her breasts kinda stood up instead of just hanging down like she is 50yrs old and had 3 kids, when she hasn't had any and has the chefs and trainers to give her a killer body she obviously doesn't have or want.
who would have thought seeing ScarJo naked would be such a huge letdown, but that explains her hesitancy to be naked. I was just hoping she would have a killer body where her breasts kinda stood up instead of just hanging down like she is 50yrs old and had 3 kids, when she hasn't had any and has the chefs and trainers to give her a killer body she obviously doesn't have or want.
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11:20AM on 07/30/2014
If you want fake boobs... go watch porn. I thought she was downright amazing.
If you want fake boobs... go watch porn. I thought she was downright amazing.
12:00PM on 07/30/2014
??? I thought her body was jaw droppingly gorgous - she's all woman. I guess everyone has there taste but i think your reactions a little OTT. Or your married to a supermodel and have sky high standard.
??? I thought her body was jaw droppingly gorgous - she's all woman. I guess everyone has there taste but i think your reactions a little OTT. Or your married to a supermodel and have sky high standard.
6:32AM on 08/05/2014
I am sure you wouldn't kick her out of bed for eating crackers though......its a normal real woman's body and if you think she should improve it then you can't have seen many......
I am sure you wouldn't kick her out of bed for eating crackers though......its a normal real woman's body and if you think she should improve it then you can't have seen many......
1:16PM on 07/30/2014
I thought the best thing about ScarJo naked was how honest she was. She is a real woman! not a plastic fake ass airbrushed piece of fluff. That was the bravest thing any Hollywood actress could have ever done, coming in a close second was the topless scene in Thomas Crown Affair. All women around the world should be cheering her for showing people what it means to be a real woman, not a barbie doll.
I thought the best thing about ScarJo naked was how honest she was. She is a real woman! not a plastic fake ass airbrushed piece of fluff. That was the bravest thing any Hollywood actress could have ever done, coming in a close second was the topless scene in Thomas Crown Affair. All women around the world should be cheering her for showing people what it means to be a real woman, not a barbie doll.
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