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Last night I saw a movie for the first time in years. That movie was Annihilation. I had little prior knowledge of the film before seeing it. I didn’t see a trailer. I didn’t read a review. I just went and saw it with my wife. Here is the gist.
As a disclaimer I will admit I enjoyed this film. I enjoyed going to a movie for the first time in a long time. It was great, minus the idiot on his phone in the row in front of us. It was a pleasure. Thank you for reading my review of Annihilation.
Best Shot: The best shot in this film, aside from all of the visually stunning flora and fauna, is at about the midpoint when the team of experts stumbles upon a mess hall. They find a video of some sick death by a cadet before them. The crew finds the scene of his death has turned an abandoned swimming pool into an explosion of colors and what appears to be mold. This grotesquely morbid end creates creates and aesthetic I have rarely seen in films. Like zombie ants with fungus shooting from their heads. Like mummies on display. This was the best shot in my opinion. Although everything seems to sparkle and shimmer in alien phosphorescence.
Worst Shot: Spoiler alert the worsts shot is at the end when the alien in the lighthouse pirouettes the main character. It’s far too long. Far too played out. I have seen in before. It adds very little. We know that the alien is trying to mirror the humans before this point in the film. Also, the shots of the extra-marital affair involving the main character. This affair does nothing to move the plot.
Plot: Perhaps we have reached a point in the sci-fi cannon when all ideas have been exhausted to the point at which we just basically are trying to understand us, while realizing there is nothing out there beyond us. Perhaps. The pedestrian alien in Annihilation are basically the same alien in Signs, or any other cartoon alien–except for with a smaller head and limited facial features. Aliens are still somewhat green and still somewhat humanoid and thinking. However, these aliens may not understand the ideological concept of “want”, “wanting”, or “preference”. The just do. They just change. For whatever reason, it’s never really explained.
Takeaway: Annihilation is visually appealing, it’s visually appealing like Prometheus. The film offers moments of tender human relations, marriage, and longing. It also bring a bit of horror with a monster bear and the idea of going nuts in a world where, or in a bubble–ironically for our times, a bubble, where those around you are going clearly mad. Changing from one thing to another irregardless of the individuals intentions. These things happen. Like biology, I guess. Near the end of the movie the main point shows through: things change for the simple reason that they can. Outside alien entities change us for their reasons and their reasons are unknown. That’s basically it. Annihilation poses more questions than it answers while still making me thing a little bit but not offering much novel idea. It was an entertaining flick, but it has some explaining to do, and of course a work cited may be necessary in the credits.