Critic Consensus: Annihilation backs up its sci-fi visual wonders and visceral genre thrills with an impressively ambitious -- and surprisingly strange -- exploration of challenging themes that should leave audiences pondering long after the end credits roll.
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Critic Reviews for Annihilation
It's an exploration of the weight of our own mistakes. How the choices we make, and the things we can't change, fundamentally change us.
Annihilation is a visceral sensory experience that chills the blood and makes the skin crawl (literally), leading to a bravura conclusion that would make Tarkovsky proud and any jaw drop.
Absorbing and hypnotic, Annihilation is the best kind of sci-fi film - the kind that challenges and subverts the genre, all the while introducing new ideas that you'll see in films to come.
It's certain that the astonishing special effects would have worked better on a larger cinema screen, and it's a shame to lose their impact. But the dialogue is clunky and the plot disjointed.
The more familiar aspects of Annihilation are enlivened by the entirely female dynamic, who seldom conform to simplistic group archetypes.
Audience Reviews for Annihilation
Annihilation's underlying themes, innovative sci-fi scheme and strong performances from Portman and cast leave audiences befuddled yet mesmerized at the complexities and even the ambiguity of its conclusion. 3.9/5
Alex Garland follows his excellent Ex Machina with another thought-provoking science-fiction film, this time to tackle issues like depression and self-destruction. Full review on filmotrope. com
The aliens have invaded, only in this take they've only grabbed one small portion of land. The authorities send in small teams to investigate ("why not a larger force," I asked, to no response), only none return. We follow the latest team's trip inside enemy held land. I was hooked with the premise, curious why a team would be sent that was all female - there's a point, right? (answer: there's no point). What emerges from the dark of the dense foliage can be seen as alien-sided rationalization for the classic "invasion of the body snatchers' that's interesting, but unfortunately doesn't engage.
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