A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don't apply.
Science fiction is almost perfect... It might be a little overinterpreted though.
Garland is telling the story through visuals, and through a cell biology thread most producers would not have faith in an audience to follow.
For those willing to put in the effort, "Annihilation" achieves that rare feat of great genre cinema, where we are not merely thrilled ... but also feel as if our minds have been expanded ...
Annihilation is a ferocious, feral, female-centric update of fearsome monster classics like The Thing and Alien.
On one hand, it s a brainy take on horror tropes, and on the other an empowering female-led mystery with an underlying roller coaster of weird leaving nightmares in its wake.
A timely ecological thriller that wouldn t look out of place in Larry Fessenden s oeuvre, the movie probes the interplay of beauty and terror inherent to all natural processes beyond humanity s control with a measured gaze.
"Annihilation" is here to shake up your night at the movies in the most mind-bendy way possible, but without foregoing the pleasures of an ambitious sci-fi entertainment.
"Annihilation" becomes ever more trippy and challenging - and thus ever more interesting.
"Be weirder!" I occasionally grunted at the screen. At the same time, studio horror films starring Oscar winners are rarely this weird.