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part of a small rebellion | by maryann johanson

Under the Skin trailer: under her thumb

Scarlett Johansson as an alien sex predator loose in Scotland, preying on men. It’s erotic!

I will have something to say about this soon, as you may well imagine.

US/Canada release date: Apr 4 2014 | UK release date: Mar 14 2014
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  • RogerBW

    Various people who’ve seen previews swear there’s more to this than “hot babe kills men in a variety of disgusting ways”, so I’m trying to keep an open mind.

  • I’ve seen the film.

  • RogerBW

    Oh well.

    (Yeah, I know I come over as kind of cynical when I’m commenting here, but every time a film is bad I’m disappointed. Film can be good, can be fun and thought-provoking and exciting. Every film could be good. But instead we get millions of dollars spent on something that nobody, certainly not the cast or the crew, really cares about — except the brainwashed suckers who rush in here when some other site tells them that their precious film has got a less-than-perfect review.)

  • Karl Morton IV

    “Species” in Scotland?

    (Haven’t been able to play the trailer yet due to technical issues.)

  • Oh, but this film is Art. With a capital A. Everybody who worked on it cared about it. Sometimes, that makes the whole situation worse.

  • CB

    Oh no!

  • Beowulf

    “Every film could be good.” Impossible. As Theodore Sturgeon once famously said, “Yes, 90% of SF is crap….but, then, 90% of everything is crap.” Heaven and Hell cannot exist without the other.

  • I read the book this weekend and plan to see the film as a result. (Slight spoilers ahead.)

    The book is not erotic (but it is physical). It’s not particularly horrific – any more than factory farming is horrific, and that’s kind of the point: what cruelty do you accommodate, whose misogyny do you overlook and who gets to be called “human”? I hope that the film is as bleak as the book.

  • Karl Morton IV

    A possibility cannot be impossible.

    Was it Sturgeon who said the 90% thing? I thought it was Harlan Ellison – either way, it is hardly a factual statement. Bringing theology into it elevates the discussion to even more peculiar places…..

  • Beowulf

    I meant it less as theology than saying that it is difficult to say something is good or bad without having something to compare it to. I met Sturgeon in the ’70s when he was a guest at our convention and he said it.

  • Karl Morton IV

    I gotta write that down. I always associate the really grumpy aphorismy stuff with Ellison. LOL!

  • But any film *could* be part of the not-crap 90 percent.

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