7/10, Adventure, Drama, Horror

[Movie Review] Annihilation (2018)

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Annihilation
Director: Alex Garland
Starring: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson
Duration: 1h 55min
Release: 12 March 2018 (UK)

Overview: A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don’t apply.

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Review: Annihilation is, like many other similar productions, a movie about humans.

While the action in the movie focuses on how a piece of land is being transformed, and what weird and fascinating things the expedition finds, I think it is still a study of a human character.

Annihilation shows us how easy it is for people to die in the big unknown. How easy it is to be scared and what happens when we face things we don’t understand. As a side note, this movie is based on a book – a review of which might appear here is the future. Let me know if you would like to read it!

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I have to say that I really think the music and the animation were well done. I’m not a specialist on sound or graphics quality, I’m really in it for the story, but I really couldn’t keep my eyes off the screen, especially towards the end of the movie. I tend to be very sensitive to blood on screen, but somehow in Annihilation, it didn’t bother me that much. I guess curiosity always wins.

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I think Annihilation is worth watching. In just under 2 hours it poses many questions that classic sci-fi does. What would you do? Why are people losing trust so easily?

It is also a nice way for someone who finds sci-fi books intimidating to get a glimpse of what that genre is about and what is the hype about. Truth be told, sci-fi books are not for everyone and are not always easy. Sometimes it feels like reading a modern philosophy essay wrapped in a story, sometimes it’s just a lot of shooting in space. If you want to give some thoughtful sci-fi a chance, Annihilation is a good start.

The only thing I would say is negative in this production is that it could be a bit longer and go into a bit more depth. It is so difficult to capture a psychological story like this in 2 hours!

Rating:  7  /  10

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