Out now in limited release, director Jonathan Glazer's "Under the Skin" is unlike anything that's currently out there.
I've read a lot of comparisons to "2001: A Space Odyssey" (which happens to be my favorite movie), and while I think it overstates it to say that they have a lot in common, there were some similarities. In particular, the last act of "2001" shows us a completely alien world, and shows us one man walking around in what very well may be an alien zoo. "Under The Skin" flips this over by giving us a look at our world through alien eyes, in a way that's often as disorienting to the senses as "2001" was. So in that sense, there's a similarity. I think the film also has some of the editing rhythms of "Upstream Color" and the soundscape of a David Lynch movie.
Though based on a book (which I haven't actually read), the movie strips most of the narrative from the story, presenting a series of encounters Scarlett Johansson (as unnamed an alien creature) has with random men in Scotland. As these encounters continue, we can start to figure out (more or less) why Scarlett is here and what she's trying to do.
This is a movie that is told mostly in images and sounds, with very little dialogue (and even less that actually matters). It seems designed to frustrate almost anyone who comes to see it based on what it is on the face of it -- sci-fi fans may find it lacking in sci-fi, horror fans probably won't be scared, and people just looking to see Ms. Johansson naked probably won't be won't enjoy sitting through everything else. But if you're up for something a little bit different, something that does creep under your senses and lets you look at humanity from an otherworldly perspective, this may be your movie. It's also a hard movie to discuss with people who haven't seen it -- it's one of those where I could describe every single thing that happens, but I still don't think it would spoil anything. It's one of those movies that's more about the experience of watching it than conveying a narrative idea - the story is secondary to the feeling.
I'd like to see it again.