I watched this on Film4 last week. I do like Scarlett Johanssen and I was pleased to see her in an unusual flick beyond the latex of the Marvel Studios.
And believe me, you can't get more unusual than Under the Skin. Its based loosely on a novel of the same name by Michel Faber from 2000, which I have yet to read.
The film is essentially about a 'female' alien wandering and driving around Scotland. She 'wears' the skin of a beautiful girl. She feeds on humans by luring men to bed with her. Said men all 'drown' in a deep black pool and are then ingested. The ingestion scene is quite startling. Think of a balloon popping in a sea of ink.
As the name implies there is much of skin here. Getting into skin, enjoying skin and emptying skin. Its like Species; gloopy and creepy but without all the government fuss.
All in all I found the film intriguing and at times shocking. Some of the imagery was quite stunning, surreal and taboo-breaking. The Scottish 'locals' who acted were excellent and really quite brave. Miss. Johanssen is serenely brilliant.
My only criticism was the ending, which I found gratuitously desolate and banal, offering little final insight into the otherwise fascinating alien and 'her' world.
However, on the strength of this flick I will be tracking down the original book too, always a good sign.
Anyone else seen this film or read the novel?