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An alien in human form is on a journey through Scotland.
Its message may prove elusive for some, but with absorbing imagery and a mesmerizing performance from Scarlett Johansson, Under the Skin is a haunting viewing experience.
Minds will be blown to the four winds. And - fair warning - a percentage of American ticket buyers may find themselves exasperated and/or exiting early.
All this is initially fascinating, and then progressively less so.
What was originally a bonkers and sententious parable about class, labour, and the horrors of the meat industry-run by a race of talking antelope-like beings from another planet-is now essentially an abstract coming-of-age picture.
Glacial in pace, skeletal in plot, and generally nasty, Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin is a repetitive nightmare of drear and dread punctuated by moments of queasy-making horror.
Most of Under the Skin operates on an almost subconscious level. The truth is out there in Glazer's screenplay, which he co-wrote with Walter Campbell, but it's intuitive rather than didactic.
There's an under-explored sociological insight to be gleaned from the encounters that follow.
It's admirable that Johansson should be so willing to go off the Hollywood grid, but the truth is, "Under the Skin" would have been a lot better if it wasn't so excruciatingly arty.
One of the most polarizing movies in recent years.
this mysterious masterpiece seduces you into a very different twilight zone of unforgettable sci-fi strangeness.
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