Have you read a movie review and noticed how the reviewer seemed to not hold a true clue as to what took place, forcing you to seek out other reviews? You know, to see if anyone else's posts made more sense than the one before? How about: have you ever approached a movie, knowing you may walk away dumbfounded but did it anyway- only to hit Youtube to seek out some of those 'meaning of it all' videos that tell you what you missed in the movie along with it's purpose? Sound crazy? Well, that was all me, before and after watching Annihilation!
First let me say, I was stupefied by the visual effects of this movie! Everything within the shimmer carried a rainbow-ish like film that reminded me of that metallic shine from motor oil and water. You know what I mean? What made it even cooler was the constant movement. It oozed and morphed in slow fashion that made me want to study it more than the characters of the movie.
Annihilation starred Natalie Portman as a cellular biologist who ventures into a portion of what's called The Shimmer, located on the southern coast of the US. She knows nothing of what to expect, mainly because all who've ventured into The Shimmer have never returned. Or have they?
The Shimmer is ever expanding and with no idea on how to stop it, the world could be engulfed in a few years time! So a special team is sent in and thus begins the story. The real story.
Annihilation is one of those movies where if you don't pay attention to it 100% for at least three viewings of the movie, you won't really get it. It's trippy, beautiful and full of flashbacks that show you very little as far as the progression fo the move. But it's amazing- I can't say that enough! I don't even think I fully understand it and I still loved it! The creepiness factor, the science, the monsters and more- it's an unbelievably, confusing work of scientific art of a movie! I'm thinking about purchasing it in iTunes and watching it again! My husband will probably hate it.
There's a great deal of metaphoric imagery and if you pay attention to all the scientific babble that can sometimes put one to sleep, you'll catch things don't actually manifest later, except in what you aren't paying attention to. Like one of the lecture's Portman's character gives is never referenced to, but when they discover what's happening, it sorta comes back. I wish I could say more, but it would offer up SPOILERS. Annihilation came out in February of this year but it's release is still fairly new. I hope you get a chance to watch and enjoy. Cheers!!
Directed by Alex Garland
Produced by Jo Burn, Eli Bush, David Ellison & Dana Goldberg
Written by Alex Garland and Jeff VanderMeer
Starring Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson and Tuva Novotny
Runtime: 1h 55m
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