ByHenry Faherty, writer at

Seeing this film in theaters was a very unique experience for me. There's very, very little dialogue, unfathomable visuals, and a creepy, unnerving Scarlett Johansson in a role most would never think to see her in. This is one of the most uniquely surreal films I've ever had the pleasure of seeing. It's unforgettable to those who choose to step inside its dark rooms.

Scarlett Johansson, simply known as "The Female," comes from...somewhere else, to put it simply. She wanders around Scotland, picking up lone, friendless men and brings them into a house where evil things occur. She's using them for something or someone, never fully revealing why. She drives around, silently observing everyday life. She's abnormally curious because, well, she's never seen any of it before. She seduces men like no other. She's beautiful, mesmerizing, and undeniably mysterious. Men can't help but go with her.

Scarlett Johansson in "Under the Skin"
Scarlett Johansson in "Under the Skin"

The story itself is quite simple and straightforward, but it's the visuals that tell the real story, leaving it open to endless interpretation. I honestly wasn't sure what I was seeing half the time but I was still loving every second of it. Whether it be grotesque images of her seduction or even seemingly normal shots of the Scottish locale, it's just as alluring as The Female herself. You want to look away, but you just can't for some reason.

If you're not a fan of visual-heavy films then this is definitely going to be a very tough watch because there's only a few words of dialogue in the entire running time. It never states what it wants to say (literally), nor why certain events are taking place, it's just a wild ride that is so incredibly fascinating to let wash over you.

It's a story about seeing the world through alien eyes. How do human beings function? Why? What are we thinking? What strange things do we do that we may never even think about? These types of questions arise throughout the film, letting you slowly take it all in. And as said before, if you're not up to that, steer clear. But if you're up for the challenge, you're in for a real treat.

Director Jonathan Glazer does a magnificent job in creating this creepy world that The Female inhabits. Earth, which it's known as by some. His previous, more noteworthy films include "Sexy Beast" and "Birth," neither of which I've had a chance to see yet. This easily could have become an incoherent mess, but instead it's visually stunning and uncannily evocative.

But above all, Scarlett Johansson gives one of the best performances of her career. Just her expressions get your skin crawling. She goes from nervous to happy to dangerous within seconds. Her body movements feel alien-like as well. She doesn't move the way most do, she's just different from everyone else.

This is a true gem of science-fiction. It may even be a horror film because there's plenty that terrifies with this one. There's not much at all to criticize, mostly because of how the story is told by not relying on complex narratives but, rather, just a quiet tale of a strange woman in a strange place. Don't miss it.


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