Should You Buy 'Under the Skin' with Scarlett Johansson? Yes, Yes You Should

Unless you're the type of person who follows live feeds from the Cannes Film Festival or bets a friend on which movie will win the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, you can probably be forgiven for totally missing Under The Skin - Jonathan Glazer's Scottish highlands set drama starring Scarlett Johansson as a man-eating alien. Yep, this film exists, and I'm about to tell you why you should buy it on DVD.

Scarlett JohanssonScarlett Johansson in 'Under the Skin'

The movie was released in the UK in March and received generally positive reviews as well as scoring a healthy box office. It opened with a gross of £239,000 - hugely encouraging for a relative low budget indie opening in Britain.

"Glazer has worked an extended thread of extremely earthbound vérité footage into a film that tells the most outré intergalactic story," said Jonathan Romney of Film Comment Magazine.

"Most of Under the Skin operates on an almost subconscious level. The truth is out there in Glazer's screenplay, which he co-wrote with Walter Campbell, but it's intuitive rather than didactic," said Peter Howell of the Toronto Star.

Under the SkinYou could do worse than snapping up the 'Under the Skin' DVD this week

"This arty sci-fi thriller, adapted from a 2000 novel by Michael Faber, raises far more questions than it answers, yet that enigmatic quality is central to its appeal," said Ben Sachs of the Chicago Reader.

"Under the Skin is moody and strange and mysterious, but ultimately, it's about the human race, about what a dispassionate observer might think of us, if she were seeing us for the first time," said Will Leitch of Deadspin.

So, with Escape From Planet Earth, Vampire Academy and Gimmie Shelter your only other new DVD options this week  - head out and pick up a copy of Under the Skin. You'll thank us later. 

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