I love science fiction that doesn’t fall over trying to explain itself to the audience. It simply is. Under the Skin is that kind of science fiction. I won’t spoil any of the plot (it’s captivating and unsettling), but I’m glad Scarlett Johansson took a chance on this role. This is certainly one of her better performances.
Under the Skin won’t appeal to everyone, including science fiction fans. Watching the movie is like walking through a darkened, unfamiliar hallway searching for a light switch. That being said, it’s not a frustrating walk, and the mystery is worth unraveling. The special effects deserve commendation; they are quite eerie and used sparingly. I didn’t think I was familiar with any of Jonathan Glazer’s other work until I read that he directed Radiohead’s music video for “Karma Police.” It’s a fitting analog.