Annihilation (2018)

R   |    |  Adventure, Drama, Horror


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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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  • Natalie Portman and Alex Garland in Annihilation (2018)
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  • Gina Rodriguez and Tessa Thompson in Annihilation (2018)
  • Natalie Portman and Alex Garland in Annihilation (2018)
  • Natalie Portman and Tessa Thompson in Annihilation (2018)
  • Natalie Portman and Gina Rodriguez in Annihilation (2018)

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25 February 2018 | LongLiveTheNewFlesh27
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| A brilliant movie hidden in a mediocre movie
The only advice I can give to anybody going to see Annihilation is: stick with it. I definitely was close to checking out around the middle point, but quickly my interest was piqued and in the blink of an eye the movie turned into a profound, 2001 meets Under The Skin meets Predator surreal science fiction near- masterpiece.

The first half is so patiently mediocre that the second half almost feels like a completely different movie, making the movie a mixed bag but one that's totally worth it. Some of the performances are great, some are okay, and at least one is noticeably bad. Natalie Portman turns in a great performance (she carries the entire film) and Jennifer Jason Leigh gives a reserved and underplayed angle to a well worn out archetype. The side characters however, like Gina Rodriguez and Tessa Thompson, are mostly annoying and sometimes border on being simply bad. Oscar Isaac is very good.

Most of the technical choices are good. The cinematography isn't particularly flashy but it captures the world behind the shimmer in all of it's messed up glory (the last twenty minutes are truly a thing to behold). The music choices are also a mixed bag. Soft strum guitar comes in at random intervals and doesn't really work, but the dark, brooding thump of a certain synth track really gives you a sense of cosmic horror.

I don't want to spoil anything, so I'm going to leave it at that. Go support this movie, even if it isn't perfect. There are so many great things about it that they way outweigh the flaws.

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