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Under the Skin (2013)

aka Under the Skin

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Details: 108 mins · English

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Dialogue is for sissies

Scarlet Johansson gives a steady, solid performance as an alien trying to understand humans, while at the same time preying on them. There is so little dialogue in this movie, the viewer is forced to interpret what is going on mostly by long introspective shots and subtle cues by the actors.

I'm not going to go into critiques of the directorial style and stylistic choices. Not something I'd miss if I never saw them again, but I can appreciate what went into them. I can also see why most people would hate to have to sit through all this, as well. But variety is the spice of life. I guess?

I know this review is scant on specifics and details; but so is the movie. So...yeah.

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Don't watch it! Don't waste your time!

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Mostly weird for the sake of being weird.

Under the Skin is a bizarre sci-fi flick about an alien that seduces men in order to turn their skin into food. Its score is haunting and its lightning fast edits create a constant air of foreboding, as do Scarlett Johansson’s ability to go from incredibly charming to utterly silent at the drop of a hat. For the most part though, this movie is just weird for the sake of being weird, which doesn’t make for a compelling story. However the film does redeem itself at the end when the alien explores what it means to be human and meets with tragic results.

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