"Sort of inspired by this novel. Sort of."
That's the title card that should've appeared at the beginning of this movie, which was LOOSELY adapted from a novel of the same name.
A woman (Scarlett Johansson) roams the streets of Scotland chatting with the locals, picking up hitchhikers, seducing them, and then they just disappear. What happens to them? This movie isn't going to tell you, which makes it kind of feel like a "Build Your Own Adventure" of sorts.
I'm really torn on this, because I read the novel and the film chose to only adapt 1/3 of it. We're shown countless scenes of the woman picking up her prey, but the film never tells us what she's doing with them, which was the most interesting part of the novel in the first place. The repetitive nature made this film drag and the conclusion left me wanting more.
There are a few great things about this movie. The cinematography is breathtaking and the score is absolutely perfect for the tone they set. I loved those two things. This movie was visual pleasing, and Scarlett Johansson gave a brave performance (with lots of nudity), but I'm annoyed at what this film ended up being, because it could've been more.
(If you want to know what did happen in the book, Lady Sati covered it much better than I could in her review. She's the one that told me about the book in the first place.)
Recommended: Yes, see the movie, THEN read the book. I know my review isn't glowing, but I still do recommend it as I'm sure most people that haven't read the book first will actually enjoy it.
Memorable Quote: "You have beautiful hands." - The Woman (Scarlett Johansson)