Monday, July 21, 2014

Under the Skin Review

Under the Skin
Directed by Jonathan Glazer
Written by Walter Campbell, Jonathan Glazer
Based of the novel Under the Skin by Michael Faber

I'm going to start this review by saying Under the Skin is not a movie for everyone.  It is strange and you feel uncomfortable throughout most of the movie.  You're not spoon fed a narrative in this film and if you go into this film expecting a fast pace then you will be disappointed. With that being said, let's get on with the review!

I'll start by saying that this is my type of movie. I am a huge fan of science fiction and I am especially a big fan of unique science fiction done right.  Lately, it seems like Hollywood has tried to make a comeback with science fiction with films like Oblivion, Ender's Game, After Earth, and Elysium just to name a few.  Unfortunately, these films turned out to be complete crap and this is sad because science fiction is such a great genre!  In Under the Skin, we observe an alien named Laura  (Johansson) as she travels around Scotland luring curious men into her van and back to her home to "feed".  (side note - the men she lures into her van are real people who were told afterwards that they were filming a movie).  Throughout the film we observe Laura as she observes the humans around her.  Everything feels alien and Jonathan Glazer does an amazing job making the audience feel uncomfortable throughout the entire film.  Watching this film feels voyeuristic.  The soundtrack uses harsh, loud, rhythmic sounds which definitely adds to the uneasy atmosphere.  As the movie progresses, Laura experiences kindness from humanity and begins to question herself.  She makes some attempts to feel human and stop feeding.  I won't go into further details about the plot because I don't want to spoil it for you.  All I can say is that I thoroughly enjoyed this strange film. Bravo to  Johansson for taking this role and to Glazer for making science fiction cool again. Check out the trailer below and if you've seen the movie then let me know what you thought!

Rating: 8.5/10

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