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A cross between Lars Von Trier's direction and Gordon Willis' interminably dim cinematography, Under The Skin is an incomprehensible mess that manages to look pretty about 10% of the time and has absolutely no other redeeming factors. In his pretentious quest to say something - anything - Glazer seems to take pride in the fact that he has produced a 2 hour clip of jumbled images, improvised dialogue and irrelevant scenes strung together haphazardly. The film's esotericism crosses well into the territory of "absolutely infuriating." It makes "Mulholland Drive" look like an easy-to-follow Sunday matinee. While its visuals are striking, the movie proves itself over and over to be hollow; echoing, dizzying, increasingly nonsensical. With direction this random you'd expect an ending designed to confirm your suspicion that you just wasted your time - and you'd be correct in that assumption. Under The Skin may have a cozy little spot in the Museum of Modern Art, and it may make Richard Roeper breathless with admiration, but the overwhelming feeling remains that this is one of the most pointless, pathetic excuses for a story I have ever viewed.