Imagine an asteroid entered Earth’s atmosphere and hits a lighthouse on the Florida coast, causing a series of unusual events to start happening. Once there you don’t know what’s real and what’s not. Not even yourself.
Annihilation is a 2018 science fiction psychological horror film based off a novel, written and directed by Alex Garland (Ex Machina). For the most part, the movie takes place in a place they called “The Shimmer”. “The Shimmer” is a shimmering electromagnetic field began to spread when an asteroid entered Earth. Many military special units were sent into The Shimmer to investigate but no one ever made it back, except for one person.
Lena’s (Natalie Portman) husband, an Army Special Forces soldier named Kane (Oscar Isaac) was the only one to return from this expedition but he is not the same, some are severely wrong with him and no one can explain what happened to him. So in search of answers, Lena and a female platoon head in to find answers. What they end up with are more questions that will last them the rest of their lives.,,and that may not be very long. In the Shimmer, we find that it is almost like another world growing on our planet, mutated creatures and weird plants mimic the formations of human bodies. Sound good? It’s really not.
This two-hour Si fi is definitely a fresh idea and it was very entertaining to watch. The idea of Aliens has been done before but the way Annihilation was executed was very creative, putting this movie on a different level of what you would expect from its genre. That being said, it is a hard film to describe or summarize, even with spoilers.
Though I have no complaint with the movie I saw, the trailers and ads made it seem like an action packed female Predator film. This couldn’t be further from the truth and those seeking an adrenaline fix will fall asleep.
But for those who give it a chance on its own terms It’s a must watch!
Jennifer Jason Leigh