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Under the Skin
From visionary director Jonathan Glazer (SEXY BEAST, BIRTH) comes a stunning career transformation, a masterpiece of existential science fiction that journeys to the heart of what it means to be human, extraterrestrial — or something in between. A voluptuous woman of unknown origin (Scarlett Johansson) combs the highways in search of isolated or forsaken men, luring a succession of lost souls into an otherworldly lair. They are seduced, stripped of their humanity, and never heard from again. Based on the novel by Michel Faber (The Crimson Petal and the White), UNDER THE SKIN examines human experience from the perspective of an unforgettable heroine who grows too comfortable in her borrowed skin, until she is abducted into humanity with devastating results.
Under the Skin may have hit your radar only as “that movie where Scarlett Johannson is naked,” but Under the Skin has a lot more than that prurient headline going for it. Critics praised both Glazer’s visuals and Johannson’s acting, and it’s certainly more deliberate and cerebral than much of Hollywood’s science fiction output. We loved her performance in Luc Besson’s Lucy, and I think that film would make an interesting double feature with Under the Skin, as both explore notions of what constitutes humanity. You can purchase or rent Under the Skin on Amazon — Amazon Prime members can watch it for free — or iTunes.
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