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Blu-ray Review: 'Under The Skin'

Jason Coleman Jason Coleman
July 28th, 2014 10:00am EDT

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Ready to be lured into the unknown?  We’re checking out the new to Blu-ray flick "Under The Skin" out now from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.  We review the outer options below!

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   Title: "Under the Skin"

   Grade: 3

   Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy McWilliams

   Director: Jonathan Glazer

   Rating: R

   Runtime: 108 minutes

   Release Company: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

   

 

The Flick: Folks have been incessantly chatting up "Under The Skin" and it’s easy to see why.  It’s an unusual, almost art picture that leaves a lot up to the imagination and story fully up to interpretation. (You don’t even know what’s happening until the end of the film – and I’m not spoiling it here!)  My take on a flick about a gal who lures men to god knows where for god knows what?  It has some unique visuals, but feels a tad pretentious and sometimes weird just to be weird.  Meaning there are elements that are present just to add odd and Scarlett Johansson’s wooden performance isn’t fully redeemed by the true nature of the character told in the finale.  There are a few interesting notables (one of the guys she lures is a sensitive deformed man), but overall "Under The Skin" is so-so.

Best Feature: There’s a better than the film itself 10-part totally comprehensive Making-Of featurette covering everything from casting to visuals that’s utterly fascinating and mesmerizing.

Best Hidden Gem: Adam Pearson, who has a real facial disfigurement in real life, gives a surprisingly sweet performance.

Worth the Moola: Interesting but possibly too arty, it’s worth checking out.

Photo Credits: Photos Courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment