Under the Skin (2013) Movie Review


Under the Skin (2013)

2013 | R | Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Drama
108 minutes /

User Score: 75/100

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Under the Skin Review


A mysterious woman seduces lonely men in the evening hours in Scotland. Events lead her to begin a process of self-discovery.

The title of this movie made me very interested to know what the movie is about. Under the Skin (2013) is a science fiction horror movie based on Michel Faber’s 2000 novel “Under the Skin." Jonathan Glazer (Birth, Sexy Beast) did an amazing job at directing this incredible movie with little dialogue from the main star. Under the Skin contains violence, nudity, sexual content, aliens, bad language, suspense, frightening scenes and gore from an alien and humans. This movie suits people who are open minded.

Scarlett Johansson (The Prestige, Iron Man 2, The Avengers) did a great job playing Laura who is an intergalactic temptress alien in human disguise. Laura does not speak much and uses her facial expression and body language to get her victims. She preys off of human men in Glasgow, Scotland by driving around in her white van looking for her prey and trapping them by suggesting/offering them sex. She also picks up men at the nightclub. She then takes the men back to her flat, kills them, immerses them in liquid and harvests their flesh.

A motorcyclist is suspicious of what she is doing and starts monitoring her. The one victim Laura lets escape because of his facial neurofibromatosis and the pity she feels toward him is murdered by the motorcyclist. Laura begins to feel more emotions and acts more human like after her encounter with the facial neurofibromatosis man. Laura tries to eat human food, have a relationship with a man and tried to be intimate with him but was unsuccessful at everything. She became overwhelmed and ran away.

I never found out who the motorcyclist was and why is he following her? How did Laura get on earth?

The cinematography was immaculate. The middle of this movie got me sitting on the edge of my seat and I had to look away once. I was sad with the way the movie ended with her and the logger. I felt he should not have done that but then who would not do it? I found this movie to be a beautiful concept overall. Under the Skin has me still thinking about many things…

About Under the Skin 2013

Title: Under the Skin
Year: 2013
Runtime: 108 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Drama
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.75/5 stars from 4 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 4
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Jerome Boyle, Paul Brannigan, Marius Bincu, Scott Dymond, Jeremy McWilliams, Stephen Horn, Lynsey Taylor Mackay, Adam Pearson, Dougie McConnell, May Mewes, Kevin McAlinden, Michael Moreland, D. Meade, Gerry Goodfellow, Andrew Gorman, Dave Acton, Joe Szula, Jessica Mance, Krystof Hádek, Roy Armstrong, Alison Chand, Robert J. Goodwin, Ben Mills, Steve Keys, Oscar Mills, Poppy Alexandra Coe, Lee Fanning
Writers: Walter Campbell, Jonathan Glazer, Michel Faber, Milo Addica
Director: Jonathan Glazer

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