By Jack Rico
This is one bizarre movie. Scarlett Johansson, the Woody Allen muse and sexy superhero from The Avengers, is the lead in a new film adapted from author Michel Faber’s 2000 novel. This easily seems like the oddest film Johansson has done before, but it looks like a mesmerizing, sexy ride. In the trailer, one critic compares it to a Kubrick film (a little too happy there with the comparisons).
Synopsis: From visionary director Jonathan Glazer (SEXY BEAST, BIRTH) comes a stunning career transformation, a masterpiece of existential science fiction that journeys to the heart of what it means to be human, extraterrestrial — or something in between. A voluptuous woman of unknown origin (Scarlett Johansson) combs the highways in search of isolated or forsaken men, luring this succession of lost souls into an otherworldly lair. They are seduced, stripped of their humanity, and never heard from again. Based on the novel by Michel Faber (The Crimson Petal and the White), UNDER THE SKIN examines human experience from the perspective of an unforgettable heroine who grows too comfortable in her borrowed skin, until she is abducted into humanity with devastating results.
Under The Skin will open April 4 in NY & LA. April 11 everywhere.