Under the Skin

Under the Skin

A mysterious seductress preys upon the population of Scotland

20141 h 48 min

Jonathan Glazer's atmospheric, visually arresting abstraction stars Scarlett Johansson as a seductive alien who prowls the streets of Glasgow in search of prey: unsuspecting men who fall under her spell, only to be consumed by a strange liquid pool.

Director Jonathan Glazer
Runtime 1 h 48 min
Release Date 14 March 2014
Movie Rating Excellent


In Glasgow, a motorcyclist (Jeremy McWilliams) retrieves an inert young woman (Lynsey Taylor Mackay) from the roadside and places her in the back of a van, where a naked woman (Scarlett Johansson) dons her clothes. After buying clothes and make-up at a shopping mall, the woman drives the van around Scotland, picking up men. She lures a man (Joe Szula) into a dilapidated house. As he undresses, following the woman into a void, he is submerged in a liquid abyss.

At a beach, the woman attempts to pick up a swimmer (Kryštof Hádek), but is interrupted by the cries of a drowning couple. The swimmer rescues the husband, but he rushes back into the water to save the wife. The woman strikes the swimmer’s head with a rock, drags him to the van, and drives away, ignoring the couple’s distraught baby. Later that night, the motorcyclist retrieves the swimmer’s belongings, ignoring the baby, who is still on the beach. The next day, the woman listens to a radio report about the missing family.

The woman visits a nightclub and picks up another man (Paul Brannigan). At the house, he follows her into the void and is submerged in the liquid. Suspended beneath the surface, he sees the swimmer floating naked beside him, alive but bloated and almost immobile. When he reaches to touch him, the swimmer’s body collapses and a red mass empties through a trough…

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