2014-04-25 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

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“Under the Skin” – E.T. On the Make
By Rob Snyder

Scarlett Johansson isn’t everyone’s idea of an extra-terrestrial. But she could be a hooker. Which is why she could get away with cruising the streets of Glasgow, Scotland, picking up unsuspecting victims.

She actually did this in a white SUV, while filming the sci-fi thriller, “Under the Skin. Her car was equipped with hidden surveillance cameras to obtain a documentary-style naturalness while fooling the non-actors who, I guess, never read “People” magazine or saw “The Avengers” movie.

Those scenes and others make “Under the Skin” disturbing enough to creep into your nightmares. Johansson is a nameless space alien sexed up in crimson lipstick, a black wig, and fake fur jacket. She picks up the aforementioned men, luring them back to dark tenement rooms, where she disrobes, as do they before they sink into a black vinyl bog where they become part of the alien food supply .

Yet, more upsetting is the image of an abandoned baby on a stormy beach as the tide rises. The child is left when Ms. Alien seeks her prey as the parents drown in the surf.

After an encounter with a sad victim, resembling “The Elephant Man,” she seems to humanize a bit, which leads to a lot of dazed, non-verbal acting and her ultimate doom.

Based on a novel by Michael Faber, filmmaker Jonathan Glazer’s “Under the Skin” is a creep-show extraordinaire, featuring truly surreal special effects and a mind-numbing electronic Mica Levi score.

The message for men: Stay away from a pretty woman in a SUV.

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