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Annihilation Proposes Many Questions, but Leaves Them Unanswered

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Submitted by Joel on Fri, 02/23/2018 - 21:05

"What did I just watch?" - Me after seeing this movie.

It's interesting, that's for sure. And beautiful. It tries to be sciency, but it was more science-adjacent. It's artsy, so if you like movies that are a bit slow and encumbered and a tad full of themselves, you'll like this one. I liked it, but it definitely had problems.

Annihilation tells the story of a biologist (Natalie Portman) who lost her husband for a year... until he suddenly returns, but he's off. It turns out, he's deathly ill, but on the way to the hospital, they're stopped and taken into custody by some military force. She finds out that he went into 'the shimmer', which is a field that no one comes back from if they enter. Except, now her husband has, but he's dying. So she decides to join a group of women and enter this mysterious place. It's an interesting concept, and the characters were rich and mostly realistic. But there wasn't much to this movie besides the setting. And there were a lot of problems that made little sense.

First off, the inside isn't that dangerous. Someone could easily go in and a few minutes later come back out. They made it sound like it's a one-way trip, but it's not. But that also doesn't make much sense, because animals never seem to wander out of the area, either. Still, there could be reasons, since the area does mess with your mind. Anyway, it's an interesting setting, even if they really don't answer many of the questions posed by the movie. It's hard to love the movie, but it will definitely give you something to talk about on the way home.

Your thoughts?

I feel about the same. I left with questions. Visually it was really cool, the shimmer interested me. I enjoyed it but and here is the big butt. Even though I was interested and enjoyed seeing it I was bored off my ass during a lot of it. It was so slow moving and easy to tune out. I am glad I saw it, and recommend seeing it once but am ok if I don't see it again. ever.

Sorry for the delayed response. I just reviewed IO, which I found similar to this movie, but I liked this one slightly more. I agree with your synopsis. Annihilation makes you think a bit, but it's rather dull. IO I found to be even more dull, though. I might watch Annihilation again, though... but probably not. I won't ever watch 2001 A Space Odyssey again, either. What is it with incredibly dull scifi movies?