Last year's festival darling approaches widespread release.
The official Studio Canal trailer has been released for the unique science fiction thriller Under The Skin, which enjoyed widespread critical acclaim during a healthy run at film festivals last year. The movie's most immediately apparent selling point is Hollywood A-lister Scarlett Johansson who takes the lead role of Laura, an alien sent to Earth to prey on hitchikers in Scotland.
Scarlett Johansson Plays An Alien Temptress On The Prowl In 'Under The Skin.'
The bizarre movie has been adapted from Michel Faber's original novel by director Jonathan Glazer ('Sexy Beast,' 'Birth') and represents his most prominent film to date. Under The Skin sent a chill running down the Venice and Toronto Film Festival's collective spine when it made its debut at the respective movie showcases.
Ahead of its release in the next few months, Under The Skin has a healthy Rotten Tomatoes rating of 89% with critics worldwide greatly seduced by the surreal and unsettling thriller. The clinical and emotionless film is rated more highly for its stunning visuals than for its script, which basically follows an alien on the prowl, yet Johansson's eerie portrayal of an otherworldly killer has been praised as iconic.
Intriguingly, the critics to have copped a first look at the film last year were pretty much split into polar opposite camps of "yay" and "nay," and it became apparent that Under The Skin would be one of those movies that you either "get" or you don't. For example, it was The Telegraph who came up with the "iconic" line in their five-star review whilst fellow British newspaper The Independent simultaneously gave a no-stars thumbs-down, saying "Glazer simply gave up on trying to find a cohesive story."
Critics Can't Make Up Their Minds But The Movie Will Probably Be One Of The Most Memorable You'll See This Year.
As for us, we're pretty excited about Under The Skin's impending release and you should be too: Scarlett Johansson excelling in another landmark indie role, enough mind-bending, almost hallucinatory scenes to make your head spin, and a check-over-your-shoulder kind of predatory storyline.
Under The Skin will be released on the 14th March in the UK and on the 4th April in the US.