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3.2
1,850 Ratings

Annihilation

Directed by Alex Garland
United States, United Kingdom, 2018
Sci-Fi, Thriller, Horror

Synopsis

A biologist’s husband disappears. She puts her name forward for an expedition into an environmental disaster zone, but does not find what she’s expecting. The expedition team is made up of the biologist, an anthropologist, a psychologist, a surveyor, and a linguist.

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Annihilation Directed by Alex Garland

Awards & Festivals

Austin Film Critics Association

2019 | 2 nominations including: Best Original Score

Jennifer Jason Leigh sidelines bad dialogue with her usual twitchy brilliance. Her presence as the head scientist also telegraphs doom. . . . Mutations in the Zone-like Shimmer are “corruptions of form, duplicates of form” in this B movie of overexplanation that copies 2001: A Space Odyssey, Stalker, and Solaris, all filtered through the yarn-bombed landscape of Fraggle Rock.
July 16, 2018
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What makes it exhilarating as sci-fi is that, like Arrival, it’s not about scientific knowledge as a unified system, but about the differences embedded within the sciences, in this case, between biology and psychology. The script, on the other hand, isn’t nearly as methodical and didactic as Arrival’s, which means that you’ll have to parse these differences by meddling through a propulsive yet opaque narrative arc.
March 13, 2018
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Let’s say that Annihilation is a film I enjoyed enough to be disappointed. (Ditto Ex Machina, which I think is a better movie than this one.). . . . Garland learned at least part of a very important lesson from the movie’s most obvious influence (noted in every review): the Soviet director Andrei Tarkovsky. . . . But Garland’s parting shot is more of a straightforward horror-movie mindfuck, rather than one of the master’s cosmic ironies or paradoxes.
February 24, 2018
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What are people saying?

  • chanandre's rating of the film Annihilation

    [T H E A T E R]("Like? No, I don't fucking like!")Two species: the ones who've seen this on a film theater & the ones who Netflix'd it. The most wildly ambitious film of this century bar none. Sorry Lynch and Malick, but the new kids on the block (Garland, Villeneuve) are kicking ass. Didn't gasp this wide since "2001", "Inland Empire" & "The Tree of Life". My jaw dropped so hard on the floor it's on China right now▽

  • mpho3's rating of the film Annihilation

    "Almost none of us commit suicide, and almost all of us self-destruct. In some way, in some part of our lives. We drink, or we smoke, we destabilize the good job... and a happy marriage. But these aren't decisions, they're... they're impulses." I would have liked for stronger characters and a better story shell, but thumbs up for heady content and beautifully rendered visuals. WWJS: "Yeah science, bitch!" 3.5 stars

  • josé neves's rating of the film Annihilation

    To women's empowerment lacks to add a cinematographic one, and it will not be the scenographic values that will compensate the lack of fomal dexterity - an audiovisual product for the contemporary Zen spirits. "I'm the other" ("je est un autre") is its final statement, but until then only a good dose of additives can withstand the psychedelic arty overdose. And to think that Corman's "The Trip" was considered bad!

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Annihilation

    Aliens. What are you going to do with them? They come in uninvited and mess up our furniture! Luckily we have our plucky heroine who is part Rambo, part Einstein. In fact the heroes are all women, which makes sense because when the men go into the Shimmer they don't come out.

  • Michael H. CLAES's rating of the film Annihilation

    A group of women leave to elucidate a mysterious & deadly event. An original Science-Fiction story with good suspense and interesting twists. ===== Un groupe de femmes partent pour élucider un mystérieux & mortel événement. Une histoire de Science-Fiction originale avec un bon suspense et des rebondissements intéressants.

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Annihilation

    Much like the DNA-spliced creatures that populate the movie's sci-fi landscape, "Annihilation" feels caught between two worlds: it's not quite cerebral enough to appease the arthouse crowd, nor does it boast enough twitch-based action to satisfy fans of the kind of video game it often resembles. "Ex Machina" was perhaps 2015's most pleasant surprise, but "Annihilation" registers as woefully undercooked in comparison.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Annihilation

    A bit like The Thing, a lot like Stalker and Solaris, and something like what the Alien prequels wanted to be. It is, in short, mystery box sci-fi. As with any mystery box, there comes a time to put up or shut up, and on that count Annihilation actually does pretty well. Short of transcendent, sure—but what a joy to find yourself in the middle of a zone and not be sure where it's going. And to have the ending linger.

  • Risya's rating of the film Annihilation

    Its formulaic and borrows a lot, but I can dig its atmosphere, and just like Stalker, I like the concept of the whole "laws of nature don't apply" thing. Mostly I ignore the metaphorical intent, then its like a good mash-up I can immerse in.

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