Arts & Entertainment

Under the Skin

A woman of unclear origins (Scarlett Johansson) scours Scotland roads searching for men to lure into her lair. Naively, she navigates a foreign world with a mixture of curiosity and fearfulness; and it is with this fresh gaze that audiences should view the film.

Director Jonathan Glazer and writer Walter Campbell, strip back complexities to create a minimalistic piece. The horror of the film comes in what is below the surface. With little dialogue, the film relies heavily on Johansson’s characterisation, as she remains intriguing yet detached.

An overriding sense of inertia might leave audiences bored, but it is the long, brooding sequences that highlight small pockets of visual spectacle. (ATS)

***1/2

Limited release: Palace Verona, Paddington

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