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Movie Review –
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Horror
Duration: 115 Minutes
Directed By: Alex Garland
Starring: Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Benedict Wong
A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don’t apply.
This film hurt my head.
Directed by Alex Garland, who helmed Ex-Machina, Annihilation follows a group of STEM-related professionals entering a visually stunning ethereal haze of land (“the Shimmer”) caused by a recent comet. This unnatural area is place where strange occurrences confound researchers. A place where those who enter don’t exit. A place where Lena, played by Natalie Portman, can uncover answers to the fate of her husband; the only person who has returned from the shimmering Area X.
Annihilation is one of those science fiction films that get you talking, and from that angle, you should see it with someone because the discourse that comes out of it is a wonderful thing.
And with discourse comes varying interpretations of what Annihilation is about. While I can’t say I have all the answers, my thoughts are that Annihilation, at its core, is a film about identity and the plight of self-discovery. It engages with the destructive nature in our lives — the doubt, guilt and pain…whatever it takes form as — to the extent that we become consumed by these afflictions which manifests, grows, and which ultimately annihilates us wholly and truly, if we let it. And all of this is seen through a speculative science fiction lens; the type of film that gets you thinking — the type of film that hurts your head.
Also last thoughts: the colours in this film were beautiful. That’s all I got.
I haven’t seen much of Natalie Portman, but I thought she was pretty good. And I guess you can’t go wrong with the Isaac. I honestly don’t have much to criticize here because I thought the performances sold the story very well.
Have you seen Annihilation? Will you see it? Have you read the book?