Under the Skin Trailer Official
Terrifying, abstract, and visually breathtaking, Jonathan Glazer's sci-fi thriller Under the Skin managed to surprise me when I saw it last year. On the surface, it's a movie about a sexy alien (Scarlet Johansson) seducing lonely men on the streets of Glasgow. But under the skin (couldn't help it), it is a profound artistic expression of what it means to be human.
Many viewers may not have the patience that this movie requires; the reviews on IMDB are evident of that. The main criticisms seem to be that it is slow and difficult to understand. As someone who loves to soak up visuals, I found the pacing to be brilliant. Under the Skin is definitely in the same vein as both Kubrik's 2001: A Space Odyssey and Lynch's Eraserhead, so perhaps it isn't made for impatient viewers. And I didn't find the plot hard to follow at all, though it didn't beat you over the head with explanations like Nolan's Interstellar. It's a film that requires attention and interpretation, so it's definitely not for everybody, not even all sci-fi fans. But, for those who can watch it on its own terms, it is one of the recent greats.