Grade • A-
DVD •Director Jonathan Glazer’s eerie thriller “Under the Skin” is a movie that doesn’t give up its secrets easily, and it’s the patient viewer who’s rewarded by its icy beauty.
Scarlett Johansson stars as a woman, seemingly not of this Earth, who drives around Scotland seeking unattached young men to seduce. When she finds one, she takes him home, an all-black expanse with a reflective floor into which the poor guy sinks like quicksand.
Glazer (“Sexy Beast”) employs long silences, Kubrick-level visuals and a semi-improvised series of encounters Johansson’s character has with random Scotsmen (many of whom didn’t know they were in a movie). The film’s most impressive special effect, though, is Johansson, who uses her looks and her acting ability to depict an alien slowly learning what it means to be human.