14A, 108 minutes
Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy McWilliams, Lynsey Taylor Mackay
Loosely adapted from a novel by Michel Faber, Under The Skin strips its outlandish scenario down to bare bones, cutting away all but the faintest traces of exposition and conventional character development. Stalking the streets of Glasgow in a nondescript van, a nameless visitor (Scarlett Johansson) cruises for companions. The clueless dudes who take the bait are then spirited back to her lair, which looks on the outside like a standard-issue flat. On the inside, however, it’s an empty chamber, its black or white walls expanding outward in all directions, its floor a kind of treacherous tar pit for any poor human soul who enters. What does the predator want with her prey? Under The Skin lets its nightmarish imagery do the talking, forgoing explanation in favor of total sensory immersion.
A.A. Dowd, The A.V. Club