Scarlett Johansson goes off the radar in this low-budget Scottish thriller, which is far more offbeat than anything she's ever done before. Her fans are likely to be perplexed by the film's lack of any meaningful dialog, its ambiguous plot and relentlessly artful imagery. But inventive filmmaker Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast) has created one of the most atmospheric sci-fi horror movies in recent memory.
Just outside Glasgow, an alien creature assumes the shape of a woman (Johansson) and starts prowling the city streets in search of men. With disarming flirtation, she sparks the sexual appetites of a series of guys, luring them into her inky lair, where they're trapped like bugs in a roach motel. But some unexpected events get her thinking about human sexuality, so she decides to explore it herself. With the next guy, she has a go at romance, and then later she puts herself into a startlingly vulnerable situation. But by going off the grid, she alerts her alien cohorts that something isn't quite right.
By refusing to use standard storytelling or filmmaking techniques, Glazer has made a movie that feels like it comes from outer space. But while we never get a grip on any of the characters, we can easily identify with the yearning emotions they're feeling. Which draws us in on a deeper level than we expect. In this respect, Johansson's performance is unusually subdued. Setting her glamorous Hollywood image aside, she becomes a lost soul who almost looks frumpy (she's still gorgeous enough to get any man she wants), and her search for meaning in human sexuality is fascinating.
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The world just isn't safe with the likes of Laura interspersed across the human race. An alien transformed to look like a dazzlingly attractive human woman, she is ordered by her own world to travel to Earth to target unsuspecting wanderers and hitchhikers in a twisted scheme set up by her planet to harvest human bodies for meat. But adapting to a new planetary lifestyle has its difficulties and Laura finds herself struggling with the vast day-to-day changes. She soon begins to realise the power in her beautiful appearance, however, and takes to the roads of Scotland to seduce and drug her usually male targets, offer them to her leaders and thus complete her dastardly assignment.
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Laura is an alien in human form sent down from her planet to harvest human beings as meat in any way she can. Confused by the strange new world she has landed in and by her own appearance, she walks the streets of Scotland seducing and drugging her targets - which are mainly unsuspecting men - before taking them back to the rich corporation she works for to be reduced to food.
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Scarlett Johansson goes off the radar in this low-budget Scottish thriller, which is far more...
The world just isn't safe with the likes of Laura interspersed across the human race....