Under the Skin Full Movie Reviews

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cinegeek.de
cinegeek.de
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Einzigartig

cinegeek.de - wrote on 03/28/2016

Jonathan Glazer ist ein brillanter Science Fiction Film gelungen, der mehr wie ein "Experiment" anmutet und weniger wie eine klassische Geschichte. Der Film hat so einiges zu sagen über die verschiedenen Gender Rollen, Sexismus und die Macht der Begierde. Im Grunde ist es eine sehr alte Geschichte über die Angst des Mannes vor der Frau. Ist Under The Skin nun ein Film, dessen tieferer Sinn sich erst bei mehrmaligen Anschauen erschliesst oder eines dieser Werke, deren visueller Stil darüber hinweg täuscht, dass es gar keine tiefere Ebene gibt? Gibt es so etwas wie "Under The Movie's Skin"? Und überhaupt, was haben wir hier vor uns: Genre- oder Experimentalfilm? Arthaus oder Camp? Mit groser Ruhe und ohne störende Dialoge nehmen wir die Perspektive einer Ausserirdischin ein. Sie …

Yojimbo
Yojimbo
Movie God

Rating of
3/4

"Under The Skin" by Yojimbo

Yojimbo - wrote on 08/10/2014

An alien engaged in a process of capturing and cataloguing human beings embarks on a journey to understand what it means to be human. Scarlett Johansson flexes her indie credentials in this low budget British film that does its utmost to resist the pigeon hole. Part dark sci-fi, part metaphorical human drama, the first act is Invasion Of The Body Snatchers by David Lynch and the second a kind of Cronenberg-esque reinterpretation of Starman. Under The Skin attempts to be a mirror held up to humanity, inviting the viewer to re-examine what it is to be human and how we perceive each other. Johansson's alien is initially unquestioning in her role, using her appearance as a honey trap to entice an assortment of all-too-willing men into her collection. But when she encounters a man suffering …

Snoogans
Snoogans
Movie God

Rating of
2.5/4

What's 'Under' Here?

Snoogans - wrote on 07/19/2014

'Under the Skin' is one of those slow moving 'art' pictures that rely almost entirely on images and sound. Some can completely engross me, while others just come off as pretentious bore. This one falls in the middle. There's a feeling of mystery and unease about the entire picture that peaked my interest. Some particularly striking images compliment an eerie soundtrack. Few moments of fascination punctuate a less than stellar whole. Often, filmmakers will use a non-narrative format to visually explore complex ideas, emotions, etc. I didn't find anything of the sort under the surface here. Maybe the ending would've been more resound had I not read any synopsis. It doesn't spoil anything, but seeing as how the film doesn't explain a single detail to it's audience it still feels …

Chris Kavan
Chris Kavan
Movie God

Rating of
3/4

Far More Than Skin Deep

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/09/2014

Under the Skin is very different kind of film than the standard Hollywood fare that comes out at the chain theaters. It's almost poetic in nature - from the haunting score, the stark landscapes and hidden camera shooting - this is as far from a blockbuster as you're going to get.

This is a project director Jonathan Glazer worked on for a decade. The story seems simple on the surface - an alien in human skin prowls the streets, back alleys and coast of Scotland. The mission? Find lonely men, take them home and process them. The alien in question is Scarlett Johansson - and although she uses sex as a weapon, her demeanor is far from sexy. She is muted here - almost emotionless - in one of the most powerful scenes in the film as she is trying to pick up a man on a distant beach, she …

Jacob Zembower
Jacob Zembower
Producer

Rating of
3.5/4

Jacob Zembower - wrote on 05/23/2014

A hard film to review/rate. Anyone looking for a straight forward narrative be damned, Under The Skin is an experience in total cinematic immersion. With very little dialogue, director Johnathan Glazer uses everything one can utilize in a film, from unforgettable and mesmerizing imagery, creepy sound design, rich atmospherics, and a brave central performance from Scarlett Johansson, to put the viewer into a trance like state (or complete frustration.) It's a film that somehow packs a very strange emotional punch, though not in any categorical sense, think more in the way one feels while gazing at the moon. It may not always be successful, but it's definitely always fascinating. (Rated R for disturbing images, sexual content, graphic nudity, and some violence.)

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