Check out another trailer for director Jonathan Glazer’s “Under the Skin,” the sci-fi/horror/wacky movie starring Scarlett Johansson as “an alien seductress [who] preys upon hitchhikers in Scotland.” That’s about it in terms of plot as far as I can tell. This latest trailer for the movie certainly doesn’t do it any favors. I mean, sure, Scarlett is in her underwear, but the whole thing just comes across as trying too hard, but maybe that’s just me.
A proper synopsis for the movie is hard to find, but here’s one for the book by Michel Faber that the movie is (and from what I can tell, pretty faithfully) based on:
Described as a “fascinating psychological thriller” (The Baltimore Sun), this entrancing novel introduces Isserley, a female driver who picks up hitchhikers with big muscles. She, herself, is tiny-like a kid peering up over the steering wheel. Scarred and awkward, yet strangely erotic and threatening, she listens to her hitchhikers as they open up to her, revealing clues about who might miss them if they should disappear. At once humane and horrifying, Under the Skin takes us on a heart-thumping ride through dangerous territory-our own moral instincts and the boundaries of compassion. A grotesque and comical allegory, a surreal representation of contemporary society run amok, Under the Skin has been internationally received as the arrival of an exciting talent, rich and assured.
Starring Scarlett Johansson, Krystof Hádek, Paul Brannigan, Robert J. Goodwin, Scott Dymond, Jessica Mance, Michael Moreland and Jeremy McWilliams.
Scarlett takes it off this March 14th.