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Review: Under The Skin

Part sci-fi, part horror, part mystery and unlike anything I have seen in recent years (if at all), I found this film intriguing if not entirely enjoyable. Scarlett Johansson is mostly plausible as a white-van (wo)man who drives around Scotland in search of hapless men on which to prey. But it is her increasing wonder for the lifeforms she finds herself among – her reactions are by turns comic and tragic, like the best Greek drama – that is the film’s main redeeming feature. If you can put aside any initial dislike of the peculiar music and let the more overtly surreal moments go, the overall effect is, while not entirely to my liking, certainly one that will keep me thinking for some days to come…


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