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Annihilation backs up its sci-fi visual wonders and visceral genre thrills with an impressively ambitious -- and surprisingly strange -- exploration of challenging themes that should leave audiences pondering long after the end credits roll.



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Based on Jeff VanderMeer's best-selling Southern Reach Trilogy, Annihilation stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny and Oscar Isaac. It was written and directed by Alex Garland (Ex Machina, 28 Days Later).

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  • May 20, 2019
    Annihilation's underlying themes, innovative sci-fi scheme and strong performances from Portman and cast leave audiences befuddled yet mesmerized at the complexities and even the ambiguity of its conclusion. 3.9/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 31, 2019
    Starting as a moody sci-fi and taking turns into horror and ending in a realm akin to 2001: A Space Odyssey, Annihilation is a weird journey. Did I like it? For the most part, yes. There's some weird pacing choices, sometimes for the better making you feel as disjointed as the characters and not knowing what to expect, but other times there are moments that seem to drag in weird ways or weird bits of explanation. To the latter, we know from the get-go that Natalie Portman is the only survivor of the expedition through a narrative through line of her telling this story to scientists, which does dissolve some of the tension. It's weird choices like that which I can't ignore and keep this movie from perfection. But on the other hand, god damn is it beautiful and spooky and horrifying and wonderful and just so much. One moment it'll be disturbing and awful, the next it will be amazing and dreamlike, and that's kind of the point. There is an amazing dreamlike quality captured both in the visuals and the narrative that really is amazing. I really can't deny I was genuinely intrigued the whole way through, and there were some scenes (especially one with a bear) that I was completely gripped by. It's wildly original, and damn it all it takes risks and we need that in our sci-fi. It's an imperfect, but wildly original sci-fi film that still deserves attention.
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 05, 2018
    A thought-provoking science fiction drama, Annihilation is full of suspense and intrigue. After her husband returns from a secret mission in critical condition Lena volunteers to continue it by joining an expedition into an anomaly called the Shimmer; which is gradually expanding and from which no one has returned (except her husband). Starring Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, and Oscar Isaac, the film has a strong cast that gives solid performances. Additionally, the writers do a pretty good job at constructing the mystery of the Shimmer and building tension. Also, the director creates an otherworldly look and feel to the Shimmer that helps to heighten the science fiction themes. A smart and well-crafted film, Annihilation explores a number of interesting concepts.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 18, 2018
    18/06/2018 - Excellent follow up to "Ex Machina." Alex Garland has to make more Sci Fi movies!
    Peter B Super Reviewer

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