Although i'm a little late in the game, i would like to weight in with my review of UNDER THE SKIN. i think it's my favorite film so far for 2014.
the film is photographed beautifully by cinematographer daniel landin. set in a natural wide screen tone, it has a post-modern romanticism, forlorn and an ultimate doom.
surprisingly non-violent, (considering the subject and modern takes on sci-fi & gore) yet the results are more horrific. under the skin does indeed do just that. the scenes with scarlett johansson and adam pearson, (
man with neurofibromatosis) are a film first. very powerful, disturbing and heartbreaking. the scene with the husband and wife drowning while trying to save their dog, thus leaving their crying baby on the harsh scottish shoreline an instant orphan. equally disturbing and heartbreaking.
Under the Skin is a 2013 British-American science fiction art film directed by Jonathan Glazer. Produced by James Wilson and Nick Wechsler, it was written by Glazer and Walter Campbell as a loose adaptation of Michel Faber's 2000 novel of the same name. The film stars Scarlett Johansson as an alien seductress who preys on men in Scotland. Under the Skin was released in the UK on March 14 2014 and the US on April 4th, 2014.
Director Jonathan Glazer decided to adapt Michel Faber's novel Under the Skin (2000) after finishing his debut film Sexy Beast (2001), but work did not begin until he had finished his second film, Birth (2004). He and cowriter Walter Campbell initially produced a script about two aliens disguised as farmers, with Brad Pitt cast as the husband, but progress was slow. Glazer eventually decided to make a film that represented an alien perspective of the human world and focused only on the female character.
Most of the characters were played by non-actors; many of the scenes where Johansson's character picks up men were unscripted conversations with men on the street filmed with hidden cameras. Glazer said the men were "talked through what extremes they would have to go to if they agreed to take part in the film once they understood what we were doing."
The championship motorcycle road racer Jeremy McWilliams was cast as the motorcyclist alien, as the film required a "world-class" motorcyclist who could ride through the Scottish Highlands at very high speeds in bad weather conditions. The logger was played by a man who owned one of the locations researched for the film. For the man with neurofibromatosis, Glazer did not want to use prosthetics; to cast the role, the production team contacted the charity Changing Faces, which supports people with facial disfigurements. The role went to Adam Pearson, who had worked in television production; his suggestions about how Johansson's character could lure his character were used in the script.
here's a hysterically parnoid review by none other than conspiracy queen~ alex jones.