By Rudie Obias. While science fiction movies tend to be heavy on action and adventure, there are a few films that come out every year that try to push the boundaries of the genre. In director Jonathan Glazer will gave audiences the art film Under the Skin.
D arkness, underscored by violins imitating a busy beehive. A flash of circular light that clarifies into a blinking eye. One female figure stripping another of her clothes and putting them on. Who wants to see Under the Skin? Again, she seems too perfect to be human. The difference: this time, Her is an It — a serial killer.
Spoilers Would Have Helped
In fairness, I would have enjoyed the film a whole lot better if I knew this before watching. Glazer is what you would call a cult director. He has a smallish, dedicated following. That movie barely made its money back, and it took Glazer nine years before getting another picture into the theatres. They are eerie, unnerving. They linger in your memory, and get under your skin.
Jonathan Glazer's " Under the Skin " is one of the most haunting, bizarre and disorienting films likely to arrive in theaters this year. It also features a very familiar face in disguise. Scarlett Johansson is a highly recognizable actress in normal circumstances, but take her to Scotland and put her in a short black '70s-esque wig, and you've got a completely different woman. In her best performance yet, Johansson transforms as Laura, an alien seductress who hunts single, wandering men. Since "Under the Skin" was shot mostly guerilla-style with non-actors sometimes unknowingly taking part in the film, Johansson had to improvise her conversations with random Scottish passersby while trying to not give away her real identity as a Hollywood star. Yet beyond the film's fascinating production and Johansson's impressive performance, "Under the Skin" also marks the actress' first fully nude role. In the film, Laura lures men into her shadowy lair with her perceived innocence, then traps them with one powerful weapon: her naked body. At a press conference for the film in New York last month, Johansson discussed how she heavily considered the nudity of the part to make sure it was significant to her character's journey.