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This 2018 scifi horror movie based on Jeff VanderMeer’s best-selling Southern Reach Trilogy baffles, terrifies, provokes, and leaves the viewer uneasy and disoriented.
When her husband vanishes during a secret mission, biologist Lena joins an expedition into a mysterious region sealed off by the U.S. government.
Annihilation Movie Review: This 2018 scifi horror movie based on Jeff VanderMeer’s best-selling Southern Reach Trilogy baffles, terrifies, provokes, and leaves the viewer uneasy and disoriented.
"You're confusing suicide with self-destruction. Almost none of us commit suicide, and almost all of us self-destruct. In some way, in some part of our lives. We drink, or we smoke, we destabilize the good job... and a happy marriage. Isn't the self-destruction coded into us? Programmed into each cell?"
I think the movie is telling us that as humans, we self-destruct to destroy what’s good in ourselves and in our lives. It’s telling us that it is in our nature as human beings.
But the entity in Annihilation (obviously an alien being from another planet) destroys to create something new, something better. Better than our former self. In effect, it was doing humanity a favor.
Maybe that was why, in the end, Portman’s character didn’t kill her husband’s doppleganger. I think she saw a chance for a clean slate, where her cheating won’t be remembered, she gets a second chance in proving her love for her husband, and their marriage would be saved.
That is, if she is the real Lena. Because maybe, just maybe… she isn’t.
"It's not like us... it's unlike us. I don't know what it wants, or if it wants, but it'll grow until it encompasses everything. Our bodies and our minds will be fragmented into their smallest parts until not one part remains... Annihilation."
Thrilling, visually stunning special effects, excellent musical scoring, outstanding actor performances and masterful direction, Annihilation is a film that will challenge your mind and will stay with you long after you’ve finished watching it.
Now streaming on Netflix. Highly recommended!