This Film Gets “Under the Skin” . . .

A loose adaptation of Michel Faber’s 2000 novel of the same name, Jonathan Glazer’s UNDER THE SKIN (2013) showcases some fascinating visuals, including special effects. It has an interesting sci-fi concept that includes horror elements. Its star, Scarlett Johansson, does a good job of portraying a voluptuous but deadly seductress whose humanity is only skin-deep. The film also has something to say about what humanity is and whether any human being really has achieved it. Unfortunately, there are long stretches (particularly in the second act) that are just plain boring. As a result, there is a significant likelihood that some cinephiles might not make it to the big reveal at the end unless they force themselves to persevere through the film.