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.