Annihilation Exceeds Expectations of Critics and Fans Alike
Critics and audiences were blown away on Friday, February 23rd when Annihilation hit theaters. The movie, which was adapted from a novel by Jeff VanderMeer, surpassed many people’s expectations, including mine.
Directed by Alex Garland, the film follows Lena (Natalie Portman), a biologist and army veteran, who travels into a strange area called the “shimmer” to discover its eerie secrets. The shimmer is a strange area, which has been growing larger since it mysteriously appeared two years before the movie is set. Many teams had been sent in to explore the shimmer, but none made it back, dead or alive. This is until one person mysteriously appears after being presumed dead in the shimmer, they have forgotten everything about their experience in the shimmer and barely remember anything before. This prompts Lena to join the next mission into the shimmer, to discover its secrets for herself.
While the movie is great all around, where it really shines is in special effects. The visuals in the movie are some of the best in a while. The imagery is both beautiful and grotesque, combined to make a haunting result. The movie plays heavily off of human nature, and how we expect to be able to understand everything we see, hear, or do, and how we act when we are truly in the unknown, faced with something unexplainable.
Annihilation is one of the most surprising films in a while. The film’s objective isn’t just to entertain, but also to make you think. The acting, themes, and story are all well done and thought out. It is a great movie that I would definitely recommend, and I give it 9/10.