A cold, disturbing, impenetrable piece of filmmaking, it's a movie that will understandably alienate mainstream audiences, even as it carves a place for itself as a modern-day cult classic. Under the Skin is moody and strange and mysterious, but ultimately, it's about the human race, about what a dispassionate observer might think of us, if she were seeing us for the first time.
The story is a more serious sci-fi affair complete with giant science machines and bad guys that wouldn't be out of place in a TJ Hooker episode. Don't be surprised if you feel you have seen it all before.
That the movie is well loved in some circles does not surprise me, but I'm afraid I was most struck with just how long it takes for things to get moving in the this two-and-a-half hour movie. Again, I wouldn't say it was bad; I'd just say that it was not for me.