It’s safe to say that “Under the Skin,” the new movie starring Scarlett Johansson, doesn’t look or sound like anything else set to debut in theaters this year. And the first full trailer for the sci-fi mindbender makes a very convincing argument of that.
“Under the Skin” is the story of an alien (Johansson) that disguises itself as a recently deceased human woman (also, Johansson) and then preys on the men of Scotland.
The plan works like this: The alien drives around the streets of Glasgow and convinces the men that someone who looks like Scarlett Johansson would actually be interested in sleeping with them. The alien then traps them in black goo because how could you possibly be that gullible?
“Under the Skin” comes from the warped mind of writer-director Jonathan Glazer, whose two previous films “Sexy Beast” and “Birth” have played with genre in unexpected and visually stunning ways. His adaptation of Michel Faber’s novel seems to continue that trend.
When it premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and Venice Film Festival, “Under the Skin” won pretty unanimous raves from the critics there, who called Johansson’s performance one of the best of her career.
The film made headlines a few months ago, when the story of how Glazer made the film got out to the public. It turns out that Johansson would drive up to real, unknowing men on the street to proposition them in her black wig and fake Scottish accent. Some of those men were eventually clued into what was actually happening and became a part of the movie.
“Under the Skin” opens in limited release on April 4, before expanding on April 11.