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Under the Skin

  • 2014
  • R
  • 108min
  • 85%
  • 6.3 / 10

In the film, Scarlett Johansson is an otherworldly entity that inhabits the body of a young woman from earth. She searches the streets of Scotland for human prey. She does this by seducing isolated male victims into an alien dimension, stripping then consuming them. She begins her discovery as a human being as the complexity of existence begin to influence her, accompanying her journey with tragic and terrifying consequences.

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The plot of Under the Skin might resound in popular belief as the telltale legend of alien abductions – without the heavy existential crisis. The phenomena of alien abductions began in the 1940’s and 50’s – the science fiction age. Planet Comics ran a strip on July 1946 depicting aliens beaming up a female captive. It soon followed that reports of real-life alien interactions began to be recorded. In 1954, there were two Venezuelan teenagers who allegedly discovered a spaceship in the woods. Three years later, João Martins began a series called “Flying Saucers’ Terrible Mission”, recounting cases of people who were attacked by aliens – one of them was a young farmer from Minas Gerais who came to Rio de Janeiro where he was examined. Though the report wasn’t published by the Aerial Phenomena Research Center Organization, a ufology group SBEDV published the report, and it became the blueprint for an archetypal alien abduction report.

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Under the Skin, loosely based on Michel Faber’s 2000 novel of the same name, is a science fiction film that is directed and co-written by Jonathan Glazer. It was developed by Glazer for over a decade. Scarlett Johansson stars as a woman from another world who preys on men in Scotland. The film premiered on April 4, 2014, with a total worldwide gross of £5.2 million, becoming a box office bomb. Despite this, it was given positive reviews for Johansson’s performance, direction, and musical score.

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