Top 365 Films – #254 – Under The Skin (2014)

Top 365 Films - Under The Skin DIRECTED BY: Jonathan Glazer

STARRING: Scarlett Johansson

BUDGET: $13m

EARNED (Worldwide): $5.4m

AWARDS: None (BAFTA Nomination for Best British Film)



A mysterious woman seduces lonely men in the evening hours in Scotland. Events lead her to begin a process of self-discovery.


Under The Skin starts off with a motorcycle man lifting a body from a ditch in the middle of a road and brought forth to a bright white room where Scarlett Johansson undresses and wears her clothes. From there Scarlett Johansson goes hunting for her prey, that being of lonely single men, through the streets of Edinburgh, but for what purpose?


The overall plot of the film is simple to follow without it having to literally spell it out for the audience, and Scarlett Johansson’s acting will look simplistic to some, she does a lot with telling with her eyes ranging from fascination to confused and especially as the film progresses in the long takes of her preying in the white van on the streets of Edinburgh. Also of how the men are dealt with when she invites them back to her place where is…just as strange and alien to us as is our world is to her. Mica Levi’s score throughout the film is just haunting and the final twenty minutes of the film leads to a review-able character study of Johansson’s character.


FAVOURITE SCENE: We wonder what happens to the men that she/it invites back at her place and we get an idea…..and are truly horrified by it. The Beach scene with the baby is just as horrifying.

FAVOURITE QUOTE: ‘Female: Why are you in Scotland?

Camper: I just… wanted to get away from it all.

Female: Yeah? Why here?

Camper: Because it’s… It’s nowhere.’

DID YOU KNOW?: The men lured into the van by Scarlett Johansson’s character were not actors. Jonathan Glazer had hidden cameras installed in the van and only informed the men afterwards that they were in a movie.

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