Under the Skin

MV5BMTU1MDEwMDg4Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwOTk3NTcxMTE@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_Under the Skin is a creepy, atmospheric film starring Scarlett Johansson as a woman who cruises around Scotland looking for single, lonely men to seduce, ultimately luring them to their demise.

It’s hard to discuss this film without spoiling it, but suffice it to say that the overall tone of this film is exceedingly unsettling. Director Jonathan Glazer slowly builds tension: each time a man is lured to his death, we see a bit more information as to what is actually happening. The more we see, the worse it gets.

We see Johansson’s character coming to terms with what she truly is, and what she is doing, although the “why” is never fully explained.

A few scenes are downright chilling: Johansson’s character physically overcoming an exhausted swimmer on the beach; the truly horrifying end scene. Scenes where men are lured to their demise are used to horrifying effect.

The cinematography uses drizzly Scotland to good effect: the colors are muted which adds to the tension of the movie. The grey skies add to the mounting dread.

This film stuck with me long after I finished viewing it.

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Under the Skin

Worth a look if you like creepy, unsettling films.

Skip it if dread is not your thing.

-steve

 

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