Review: Annihilation (No Spoilers)

By Angel

Movie description: “A biologist who puts her name forward for an expedition into an environmental disaster zone in order to search for her husband who went missing when he went on the expedition with a secret agency.”

The Good

Story was thrilling as it kept me on the edge of my seat for the majority of the time. The conflict was compelling, I wanted to unfold the mystery of the shimmer (bubble force field): where it came from, what it is, what it does, & what it wants. The opposing threats got under my skin and the science in the film was intriguing.

Performances were all amazing, I believed each actor in their roles. All characters were written very well as they had their own backstories that made me care for them. Natalie Portman was of course the powerhouse as she had to showcase complex emotions being a veteran, troubled wife, and a biologist.

Cinematography was mesmerizing. This is a science fiction film that will stand out in this genre solely on it’s visuals. Absolutely beautiful and a must see on the big screen.

Music was crazy, unlike anything I have ever heard in a movie, think of Daft Punk doing horror! Perfectly established the tone necessary for each scene, really effective.

The Bad

The ending was underwhelming because it left me with more questions than answers. The movie had a lot momentum built up, but the last 20 minutes completely destroyed that for me. It’s one of those endings that I needed explained, not because I’m not an intellectual, but because the metaphor just went over my head or just wasn’t satisfying enough to wrap up the story. I kept asking myself, “That’s it?!”

I saw the plot twist coming from a mile away since it’s been played out before many times in previous movies. Regardless, the plot twist doesn’t even make sense and lame in such a provacative movie.

Message

The lessons I got from Annihilation: Make positive changes to protect the environment, the impulse to self destruct is within humans at a biological level.

Grade: B (8/10)

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