There’s this weird indie movie called Under the Skin that made the rounds at film festivals in the latter part of last year that tended to polarize a lot of critics into “Love it!” and “Hate it!” camps. I’ve been keeping my eye on it, and it finally headed for the USA.
In the creepy flick, Scarlett Johansson plays an alien sent to Earth to assume female form and seduce men. (I know, good thinking on the aliens’ part, right?) She targets hitchhikers in Glasgow, Scotland, and environs.
Directed by Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast), the film appears to be long on mood and atmospherics — to the point of distraction; I’ve read a number of reviews that complain the film is literally too dark to see properly! The flick is rated R for graphic nudity, sexual content and “some” violence and language. Apparently, Glazer had Scarlett lure regular guys off the street into her character’s van — the men weren’t actors and didn’t know a movie was being made until later.
The movie’s official website is a bit unnerving, featuring nothing more than a link to the trailer beneath a white-on-white logo and a ghostly image of Scarlett moving her head in a very… odd manner.
Under the Skin will have a limited release on April 4, and hopefully expand after that, because I really want to see it!