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‘Annihilation’ is the next best science fiction-horror hybrid

‘Annihilation’ is the next best science fiction-horror hybrid

‘Annihilation’ is the next best science fiction-horror hybrid
February 25
23:23 2018

To put it quite simply, “Annihilation” is bold, daring, science-fiction filmmaking we do not get to see nearly enough.

The film follows four scientists who for all reasons of their own, sign up for an expedition into a dangerous landscape known as “Area X” where the rules of nature do not seem to apply.

As a huge fan of Jeff Vandermeer’s “Southern Reach” novel trilogy, I was very excited to finally see the first novel brought to the big screen.

While the film certainly diverges from the novel quite a bit, it never disrespects the source material. It embraces it and runs with its already wild premise to deliver one of the most satisfying science fiction/horror hybrids to come out in a very long time.

Writer and director Alex Garland has crafted a vision for his film so singular and so inventive it is hard to ignore his accomplishments here.

Much like what he did with his previous film “Ex Machina,” Garland has yet again made a thoughtful and mature science-fiction film which will no doubt be examined and observed in film classes for years to come. The way he adapted a supposedly “unfilmable book” and made it one of the most thrillingly disturbing films in years, is a testament to how talented Garland really is as a filmmaker.

Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson and Jennifer Jason Leigh all play scientists who embark on this expedition into Area X, and each of them are excellent in their respective roles.

It was also extremely refreshing to see a female-led science-fiction film where the women actually played badass scientists.

The film is chock full of stunning visuals to match its abundance of genre thrills that are guaranteed to have you grabbing the arm rest.

And with complicated messages about life, death and nature, the themes are sure to leave even the most hardened audience members reeling long after the credits have rolled.

“Annihilation” is one of the strangest films I’ve seen in years, but do not let its unequivocal strangeness turn you off from the film. Audience members looking for some quality scares to match many thrilling sequences should look no further than this movie.

The final act of this film is unlike anything I have ever seen in a mainstream studio movie since last year’s “Mother!” which coincidentally enough was also distributed by Paramount Pictures. I would not dare to spoil what happens in the final act, but I do not think I would be able to explain it anyway.

Just know it is absolutely insane, and you certainly will not be prepared for it.

I also want to give huge props to Paramount Pictures which has taken a gamble on these wildly different films when no other studio wanted to take a risk on them. Thanks to Paramount, these completely unique films like “Mother!” and “Annihilation” were released to the general public. When other studios balked at the thought of losing money on such niche films, Paramount stepped up and distributed such ambitious films made by incredible directors who really have something to say.

“Annihilation” is disturbing, scary and thought-provoking in all of the right ways. It’s one of the most ambitious films in years, and even though we are only in the second month of the year, I have a feeling it will be regarded as one of the better films this year when the time comes for those discussions.

It is a rare occurrence when we get films as different as this one. So please, go support “Annihilation” when in hits theaters so we can get more films like this from filmmakers who dare to make something so unique.

Featured Image: Courtesy “Annihilation” trailer

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