[Video Review] Scarlett Johansson Gets ‘Under the Skin’


Scarlett Johansson stars as an alien seductress in the thriller Under the Skin, now on VOD platforms and arriving on Blu-ray and DVD July 15 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

Don Allen, our regular video reviewer, took a look at the film from visionary director Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth).

A voluptuous woman of unknown origin (Johansson) combs the highways in search of isolated or forsaken men, luring a succession of lost souls into an otherworldly lair. They are seduced, stripped of their humanity, and never heard from again. Based on the novel by Michel Faber, Under the Skin examines human experience from the perspective of an unforgettable heroine who grows too comfortable in her borrowed skin, until she is abducted into humanity with devastating results.

Official Score

  • M M

    Man I can’t wait to finally see this

  • Batmanfanboy

    Bad review. It’s an amazing film.

  • J Jett

    i freaking loved this movie!! i admit it’s VERY VERY slow but it left me breathless & stunned. i honestly couldn’t get this movie out of my head for several days after watching it. the beach scene with the little baby was so disturbing to me. to this day it’s one of the most haunting scenes i’ve ever seen in any movie.

    the cinematography, the fx work (the “liquid” and what happens there is unlike anything i’ve ever seen before), the music soundtrack, etc is stunning. even the reveal of what is going on (trying not to spoil anything) at the very end was incredibly haunting.

    • Red Right Return

      You have described exactly my feelings after seeing this movie. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I’m totally not sure how Mr. Disgusting couldn’t have liked the musical score, as horror movies these days completely suck for this. I mean, look at the old zombie movies from Romero or Carpenter’s many movies he did the music himself, and tell me these movies today even have scary music?

  • Red Right Return

    Meaning no disrespect for your opinion, Mr. Disgusting, but just don’t agree with your review of this excellent film.

    First of all, the eerie music and soundtrack is perfect for the film. It gives off an atmosphere is trepidation and mystery that fits.

    These days even reviewers have to have all their questions answered in a movie. Suffice to say, the mystery of the character’s origin is answered appropriately, and the ending was very satisfying to me.

    ** Spoiler Below — YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED **
    As Scarlett’s character becomes more human, she changes from hunter to prey. The very aspect she used to lure men into her trap is her own downfall. The movie explores what it means to be human, and there are many different scenes of significance that some folks don’t understand.

    In the beginning, when she studies the ant that she found on the crying girl’s body, this is a representation of what these aliens think of humanity. We are simply animals, or even bugs, for them to study. What are they doing with the gooey red stuff they extract from the men? Why do they need only men? None of it really matters as the story is really about how she begins to pity the men she lures to their death. She begins to love who she is, love looking at her new self. Her masters have created a biological automaton. It should NOT have feelings. This is shown as they view they stalk her and study her face closely to see if she has begun to have emotions much like the previous girl (whom she undressed and stole the clothes from in the beginning). There is so much to think about with this movie and it is very sad that people just don’t take the time to really think about these telling scenes and what each of them mean.

    I have huge respect for Scarlett for taking a part like this. While she maintains the status of action hero starlet in the upcoming Lucy, she is still acting in gems like this. My rating? 4.5/5.

    • J Jett

      Red Right Return, very well said!! i agree. not sure if you read the book or not.


      the aliens are harvesting the males for meat to eat. on their planet we are considered fine delicacy!

      • Red Right Return

        Very cool. I have not read the book to be honest. All my thoughts come from watching the movie. I want to see it again. :)

  • Don Allen

    @redrightreturn:disqus it wasn’t Mr. D’s opinion, he loved it. It was mine. I drove an hour just to see this movie and wasn’t blown away by it, but I liked it. I do recommend people check it out.

    • Red Right Return

      Ahh sorry about that. I actually watched it on Amazon video stream. Sorry you didn’t like it as much, but it was fantastic to me. :)

  • http://alldogsg02heaven.tumblr.com/ Cristián Posada

    She was stellar. Completely fit every aspect of the character, Isserly from the book in mannerisms, eroticism, and appearance. Talk about one of the most versatile ( and sexy ) actresses in Hollywood. The cinematography is bewildering. Every shot is obscure, cold, gorgeously composed, and accompanied by a soundtrack by Mica Levi that can be appreciated track by track on its own.