So remember that really weird, kind of sinister teaser trailer for the Scarlett Johansson starring sci-fi thriller Under The Skin? You couldn’t really make out much from that teaser – well except for the naked, creepy midget stomping in the fields – but now we’ve got a new extended version of it and it’s… it’s… well, it’s still all rather messed up, is what it is!
People may be speaking in coherent sentences now, but it’s still one gigantic slice of WTF that kind of has to be seen for yourself.
Scarlett Johansson plays an alien on earth, disguised as the perfect aesthetic form of a mesmerizing woman. She scours remote highways and desolate scenery looking to use her greatest weapon to snare human prey — her voracious sexuality. She is deadly efficient, but over time becomes drawn to and changed by the complexity of life on earth. With this new found humanity and weakening alien resolve, she finds herself on a collision course with her own kind. Taking her point of view throughout, the film presents a unique look at our world through alien eyes.
Creepy, Twin Peaks B-roll styled trailers aside, this film has been attracting a huge amount of praise on the festival circuit. It seems like everybody that has seen it, has either called it one of the best films of 2013, or walked out of the cinema wondering “What the hell did I just watch?”. What everybody is universally acknowledging though is Johansson’s magnetic performance in the film, one made even better when you realize that she’s often improvising as she’s actually doing a lot of scenes with non-actors.
Writer-director Jonathan Glazer revealed to IndieWire that in wanting to capture a true “first contact” scenario, he would send Johansson onto the street with up to eight different cameras recording her on the sly. She would then interact with real people on the street, garnering genuine reactions from them and only once everything was done would these people be approached and asked to sign release forms. It’s certainly a different filmmaking approach to most, but it looks like it paid off.
There’s currently no release date set yet for Under the Skin, but I’ve already begun stockpiling all my narcotics for when I finally get to see it, and promptly trip my face off.
Last Updated: September 25, 2013