'ANNIHILATION': Four and a Half Stars (Out of Five)
The new science fiction horror flick from writer/director Alex Garland (who also performed both duties on 2014's 'EX MACHINA'). It's about a biologist who volunteers to lead an expedition into a dangerous environmental zone, after her husband comes out of the zone seriously injured, and the sole survivor of his expedition. It's based on the novel, of the same name, by Jeff VanderMeer. The film stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny and Oscar Isaac. It's gotten nearly unanimous positive reviews from critics, but it also performed really poorly at a test screening (which prompted a Netflix release overseas, instead of a theatrical one). I think the film is a very dark and bizarrely beautiful sci-fi masterpiece, and I can also see why a lot of people won't like it.
A year has passed since a team of soldiers entered an environmental disaster zone, and never returned. One soldier, named Kane (Isaac), suddenly reappears, much to the desperate relief of his biologist wife Lena (Portman), but he doesn't remember where he's been or how he got home. Then he has a sudden medical emergency, and is rushed to a hospital. In an attempt to help him, Lena decides to join a team of all female scientists, on an expedition back into the environmental zone. Things of course don't go as planned.
The movie is very hauntingly beautiful, and it's especially highlighted by an awesomely haunting score, and some breathtaking visuals. The story is interesting, but it's definitely slow-paced, and the climax is much more of an intellectual payoff than a spectacular action scene (which many viewers might be hoping for). So I can definitely see why some people would hate this film, but I loved it. It's one I definitely won't forget anytime soon too, and it's great to see Natalie Portman (my old favorite actress) back in top form!
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A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don't apply.
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The Synopsis for Annihilation (2018) 720p
A biologist's husband disappears. She puts her name forward for an expedition into an environmental disaster zone, but does not find what she's expecting. The expedition team is made up of the biologist, an anthropologist, a psychologist, a surveyor, and a linguist.
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Very dark and bizarrely beautiful sci-fi masterpiece, but I can also see why some don't like it.Reviewed byHellmantVote: 9/10
'ANNIHILATION': Four and a Half Stars (Out of Five)
It's been said that the only legitimate philosophical question is in the form of "Why is there something instead of nothing?" Annihilation reverses the two subjects of that question.
I don't mean to dismiss anyone's experience in watching the film, but I found nothing intellectually challenging about either the story or the interpersonal exchanges among and between the characters. The scientific revelations that some of the characters offer are earth-shattering only if you aren't possessed by an imagination that allows for the existence of other forms of life. Even their hypotheses were dull. And you don't need to be a biologist to figure out what's different about what's going on within the alien forest (the writers call it "the shimmer") in comparison to everyday, carbon-based existence. I won't give my explanation here since it may be one of a few mundane mysteries in a disappointing script.
The narrative is both uninspired and uninspiring, and the writers provide ample opportunity to stop caring about the story and the characters. Unfortunately, this spills over into the ending which steered viewers to ask ourselves a limited set of questions about what may have happened. At least those of us who were still interested enough to care. I also had the dreaded "embarrassed-for-someone-else" experience more than once, both for a meandering story that seems satisfied to make halfhearted attempts at being interesting and the portrayal of a land that was too often straining to be different in ways that might move viewers to be left in awe. Never happened.
CGI and special effects are bland; nothing new to see here that hasn't already been portrayed (badly) in TV sci-fi series. A walk through a rain forest is more visually compelling, even if taken on National Geographic. The alien world that's presented evokes images of a darker though ultimately lackluster Walt Disney World in a sometimes cartoonish way rather than shuttling back and forth through the multiple levels of Being in Interstellar. It represents a different reality as a blunt object in a world that cries out in desperation for a finer, simpler touch. What's supposed to be frightening is too often unwittingly comical; the gravity of the mission and the vulnerability of the characters lose their narrative force as a result. (If you haven't seen it, check out The Forbidden Planet -- a film released more than sixty years ago -- for its compelling narrative and limited but, within the context of the story, realistic special effects.)
Annihilation is not worth seeing, even if you have MoviePass. Not a single "ooh" or "aah" throughout though there was some intermittent and well-earned laughter along the way. I doubt that Annihilation will show up on a "One Hundred Underrated Sci-Fi Movies from Twenty Years Ago" list. There just isn't very much to it.
This movie is profoundly terrible. You have been warned.
Annihilation is at best a straight to video B movie.
People will tell you that the visuals a great. No it is standard CGI fare
People will tell you that the score is great. No it is completely forgetable
The plot and characters are so stupid that you have to wonder how the screen play was approved. There were no deep scientific questions, there was no profound meaning.
Basically the movie throws a bunch of incoherent nonsense at you and hopes you will be fooled into thinking it is profound.