Entertainment Magazine

Movie Review: ‘Annihilation’

Posted on the 01 March 2018 by House Of Geekery @houseofgeekery

Movie Review: 'Annihilation'

Movie Review: ‘Annihilation’Directed by: Alex Garland

Starring: Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez, and Jennifer Jason Leigh

Plot: A group of 5 scientists volunteer for a mission into The Shimmer, a mysterious area where the laws of nature have trained.

Alex Garland is one of the best writers currently working in science fiction. Even though, it seems like many refer to him as a novelist, first and foremost, I mostly know him for his great screenwriting work: Dredd, Sunshine, 28 Days Later, and Never Let Me Go. It is a great variety of heady explorations into the human condition and B-movie smash'em ups, casting a pretty wide net to all sci-fi fans. His directorial debut, Ex Machina, turned a lot of heads, and if there is any justice in the world, Annihilation will do the same.

It stars Natalie Portman as a military veteran biologist, Lena. Her husband (Garland reteaming with Ex Machina co-star, Oscar Issac), still active duty, has mysteriously reappeared after being declared dead while on a secret mission. When he starts convulsing, emergency services are interrupted by military goons, and thus Lena gets sucked into the secret and mysterious mission he was on. He, along with a team of other soldiers, where sent into The Shimmer, a weird optical illusion barrier that keeps growing, warping the territory within it. Lena's husband is the first to come back alive, barely. A new team, of scientists this time, are prepared to go in, and Lena, motivated by her professional curiosity as a scientist and her dedication to her husband and what happened to him, can't help but take the opportunity to join them.

The Shimmer is equally gorgeous and terrifying. It's border shimmers (there really is no other word to describe it) in mid air like oil in water, a sort of rainbow smear in the sky. Just beyond it lies an environment that sort of looks like ours (a forest, a swamp, a beach, and even a few man-made buildings that got swallowed up as it got bigger), however, it is alien in so many ways. Gators with shark like teeth. A variety of flowers all blooming from the same stalk. Deer-like animals with leafy branches for antlers. And that is the normal stuff. It gets creepier and more absurd the further they trek in.

Movie Review: ‘Annihilation’

Early test screenings and critics have made comparisons to Kubrick's sci-fi head-scratcher, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and I can see why. It is a true expedition into a metaphysical no man's land that seems to know exactly how to screw with your head. Monster movies are usually about a challenge to our place on the food chain. Annihilation takes one giant step backward and challenges our place on the intelligence chain. However, unlike 2001, it definitely tries to scratch the traditional narrative, at least a lot more than 2001 ever did. The dramatic tension rests solely on Portman's character and what danger she is in. Unlike her teammates, she has a reason to go back: her husband. The trek is intermittently interrupted to flashback to her life with her husband and a few moments when he was gone for his mission. It paints a bigger and technically better picture of Portman's character, but her ability to reach out and touch the audience, forcing them to empathize with her, is pretty well-honed and could have worked without it.

Annihilation and Blade Runner 2049 together are this fascinating blockbuster arthouse sci-fi duo, which is what I want desperately from cinema, but based on the box office, it is not something the audience at large want to invest in. Sadly, this is not a trend in the making, which is too bad, because these movies are like a cinema epi-pen. They bring you back to life.

Movie Review: ‘Annihilation’

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Big Food Giants Manipulate Public Health Policy in China

    Food Giants Manipulate Public Health Policy China

    Coca-Cola is at it again. As soda sales decline in the United States and Europe, beverage companies look to emerging economies like China for growth. And, it... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Dietdoctor
  • Jewellery for a Precious You

    Jewellery Precious

    Jewellery is always close to a woman’s heart. It completes her look and boost confidence. Considering the changing trends in jewellery fashion, it becomes... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Dr.jenifer Sayyed
  • Rajshri Productions’ Next Is A Film On Friendship | Hum Chaar | Trailer

    Abhishek Dixit’s debut feature film Hum Chaar is a Bollywood film made under the banner of Rajshri’s film. Hum Chaar is written and directed by Abhishek Dixit. Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Themoviean
  • Saint Paul the First Hermit

    Saint Paul First Hermit

    Today is the feast day of Saint Paul the hermit. This is a sweet and delicate Oatmeal Bread topped with rolled oats and naturally sweetened with agave. Saint... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Veronica46
  • Irupathiyonnaam Noottaandu | Teaser | Pranav Mohanlal | Arun Gopy

    Arun Gopy’s Irupathiyonnaam Noottaandu is an upcoming Malayalam action-drama feature film starring Pranav Mohanlal and Zaya David in the lead roles. Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Themoviean
  • A Year Of Body Positivity

    Year Body Positivity

    Last January, as I sat there on New Years eve all set to make the same old resolutions I've made year after year for as long as I can remember, I realised how... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Sparklesandstretchmarks
  • Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – Jan 2019

    Garden Bloggers Bloom 2019

    Euphorbia rigidaWhen I went out to take the photos for this blog post I was surprised at how much was in flower dotted around the garden. Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Patientgardener