Released 2013 (USA)
British, American & Swiss, in English
Director - Jonathan Glazer
Stars - Scarlett Johansson
An unnamed woman (Johansson) prowls the streets of Scotland looking for male victims to pick up. Vague, I know, but more explanation than that would spoil it.
Full male & female nudity; violence; gore; sexy times; attempted rape; minor blue language.
It’s very dull. In theory, watching Scarlett Johansson wander around for nearly two hours sounds awesome. In practice, it’s not.
Nothing, and I mean nothing, is ever explained.
Although it could be argued that she "deserved it," given what she did to all of her poor, lonely victims, I hated that the woman was victimized by a man in the end. To me, it was a huge detraction from what made this film remotely interesting.
The visuals are stunning. I’m not referring to all the naked people (although some of them were stunning too).
It’s got great atmosphere. The music sets most of the tone, but the camera work and the acting play into it as well. It’s supposed to be uncomfortable to watch and it is.
I enjoyed the sparse use of dialogue. It was different.
It was interesting to see men being portrayed as vulnerable, helpless victims, something that is rarely found in media. Did it make me uncomfortable? Was I distressed? Certainly. There’s something about this film that is fundamentally, deeply disturbing. I think that’s a good thing. Movies that make us feel something are few and far between. Also, it has a really old school vibe. It’s that atmosphere - it reminded me of a 1950s sci fi-horror movie, albeit without the camp. However, this film is very, very boring. Like, I’m-surprised-I-wasn’t-lulled-into-a-coma boring. It’s too bad. I really struggled with how to rate it but ultimately decided not to leave it languishing in the doldrums of the 2s.
I give it 3 stars.