Saturday, April 5, 2014

Under The Skin

Director Jonathan Glazer’s Under The Skin is a pointless and nonsensical waste of time.

 The story, if you can call it that, concerns an alien (or is it perhaps several aliens?), who comes to Scotland’s Glasgow region, takes over a young woman’s body (Scarlett Johansson) and drives around in a van, picking up men, who she seduces and interns them in some under-earth gelatinous realm, supposedly to use their bodies for other aliens.  Or, maybe not.  But, who cares?

There are men following her, but we never know if they are minions, cohorts, handlers or an alien police team after her.  But, who cares?

A would-be rapist accosts her in the woods and, when he discovers the body is not real, burns her.  The end.  I guess Glazer is delivering some kind of message that rapists will save us.

Cinematographer Daniel Landin gives the viewer occasion haunting and even beautiful images, but why Ms. Johansson picked this piece of tripe to bare all remains a mystery.

I give Under The Skin a 1+ out of 5.

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