Scarlett Johansson: like you've never seen her before. Erotic, mysterious, dark, beautiful, and perfect - if only the great filmmakers (like Kubrick) could have made a sci-fi fever dream like this & that amazing. I've never felt that quiet (like what could I say about it so far) or stunned in years during my first viewing (last year), by the way.
Tarkovsky and Lynch reboot "The Man Who Fell To Earth" via "Soylent Green". With Chrissie Hynde. ScarJo - impeccable accent, btw - learns humanity by way of a pool of black goo in a suspiciously large Glasgow flat. Contains 3 of the most disturbing scenes in recent memory - "baby on the beach" will give parents seizures. Wonderfully unsettling artful horror, up there with Repulsion, Don't Look Now and The Wicker Man.
If Birth was Glazer's ode to stately Kubrickian detachment, then the film in question finds him augmenting that approach with an Antonioni-like emphasis on landscapes as psychological projections against the spatial alienation of Nic Roeg, circa The Man Who Fell to Earth. The third act decent into shock spectacle negated the more interesting examination into human behaviour, but the atmosphere and imagery is intense.
No matter who we are inside we negotiate with the surface. This film is about who and what we are on the surface about loneliness and the artificial loneliness around us which is vividly our own about the overwhelming fear of the unconscious and the powerful figure of our biology it is the horror of how deep the darkness is within yourself. The surface is everything the spaces we fill only seen by the third person
4 stars for the score alone. Mica Levi conjures up some brilliant sounds to rival Johnny Greenwood at his best. Scarjo is a hauntingly beautiful alien who seduces Scottish loaners for the harvesting of 'human meat' on her home planet before she experiences a change of heart. The pacing of the film is delightfully reserved, allowing the tension to build slowly throughout a barage of stunning imagery.
This is a deep psychological experience where sound and vision can delight you and disturb you at the same time. It's artistic rather than Hollywoodesque sci-fi. And you can't help but fall for Scarlett's hypnotic performance.
Is not our planet that is strange... Our race it is,and like Scarlett persona we have to many unique layers to be understood.
Greatness in everything: Scarlett acting, photography, and soundtrack (or is inexistence)
This is an original and very trippy minimalist sci-fi flick. I love the way Glazer flips the stereotypical male-dominated gaze on its head. Scarlett Johansson has never been better, and the soundtrack is superb.