Movie Review: ‘Under the Skin’ boarders between disturbing yet artistic

Madeleine Jefferds

Viewers may consider “Under the Skin” as a pretentiously stressful and confusing movie by viewing the trailer. Despite this, it was one of the most unique movies created this year, whether it is a positive or negative kind of unique is up the viewer.

Scarlett Johansson transforms into a sociopath in "Under the Skin." Photo from
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Suspenseful and thought provoking, this psychological horror movie is not recommended to those who are naturally sensitive, as it follows the life of a highly sociopathic succubus-like creature in the form of a young woman, portrayed by Scarlett Johansson, who uses lust to draw lonely men into a trap in which she takes their essence. Her method is to lure them into her white van and convince them to accompany her to a run down house.

Her journey will leave you on the edge of your seat, witnessing things you could not imagine possible from even the most selfish of creatures.

The most interesting thing about this movie is the difficulty to pin it down. It contradicts the format that most movies work by and seems more like it should have been a poem. It is a work of art that needs to be studied for many years to uncover all of its mysteries.  At first it’s obvious that she is some kind of emotionless machine, just doing what will keep her going, nothing more and nothing less. But as the movie unfolds, viewers begin to question what she desires, what she is becoming and maybe even what she used to be.

“Under the Skin” is similar to “The Fault in our Stars” in the sense that it probably wouldn’t be suggested to experience due to the emotional trauma it may put viewers through. But if you feel like sitting up all night, staring at a crack in your wall contemplating existence and then proceeding to have a nervous breakdown, “Under the Skin” is your kind of movie.