Movie Review: Annihilation

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

Director: Alex Garland
Writers: Alex Garland (written for the screen by), Jeff VanderMeer (based on the novel by)
Stars: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson

Netflix’s been busy building up their portfolio of original movies and TV shows. So much so, that one could think they’re preparing for world domination.

But then again, most of them are not worth watching. But this one, this science fiction mixed with horror, mixed with some sort of fantasy, mixed with a lot of mystery, mixed with the type of movie you’d call an “art film,” this one’s well worth watching… 

You probably know by now that I am not much into explaining a movie’s plot. In my humble opinion, that’s not what a review is for. You’ve got IMDB and Wikipedia for that.

There’s a bunch of women scientists who walk into an area (called X) and some strange phenomenon starts happening. That’s pretty much it. And there isn’t an awful lot of stuff being explained.

What I enjoyed most about this movie is the way it deals with certain philosophical issues, such as our need for self-destruction. How we build a certain image of who we are and what our lives are all about and then, maybe on a mere subconscious level, we choose to sabotage that.

After all, what person would volunteer to go into an area out of which no one ever came out?

Then again, self-destruction is not the only answer to that question. It could be curiosity. It could be the desire for knowledge. Who knows?

I believe that this movie will slowly but surely develop a cult following. Become a classic of sorts. Maybe because it’s that good, maybe because it’s reminiscent of a lot of movies that are that good, maybe because a lot of unanswered questions warrant an awful lot of speculating.

So, yes, Annihilation is a must watch if you’re into the kind of movies that frustrate you with their ambiguity. Oh, that ending… that ending is going to… you won’t believe…

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One thought on “Movie Review: Annihilation

  1. The ending, haha. Just saw it last night, but won’t give anything away. Although the “new weird” is not my cup of tea (whatever happened to the natural, the beautiful and the excellent, one has to wonder), you are probably right that “Annihilation” will develop a cult following. Won’t join that one though. 😐

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