Review | Annihilation

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A group of scientists invade a mysterious area, in order to understand it.

Review 2018 by Flytrap


Written by: Alex Garland, Jeff VanderMeer

Directed by: Alex Garland

Starring: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, Oscar Isaac, Benedict Wong
Complete cast and crew are here

Rated R
Running time: 115 Minutes

An area of several square miles is taken over by “the Shimmer”. Several groups of soldiers have disappeared in there, so a team of scientists decides to go take a look. What could go wrong?

Beautifully filmed and tensely directed, this film packs some genuine tension and many great moments of scariness. I really like Leigh’s dour scientist and Rodriguez as the more gung-ho of the group.

However, instead of being able to show what was going on, they had to have the survivor explain it; otherwise, I might have left bewildered. And what is the point of having an all-woman cast here, when they mainly acted like men?

I’ll give this a mild recommendation; see a matinee if you want to save some buck$. There are no last minute scenes, so when the credits roll, so can you.

Flytrap rating: 7/10

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