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6.3
/10
2,168 Ratings

Annihilation

Directed by Alex Garland
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

Hugo Awards

2019 | Nominee: Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form)

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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