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Annihilation (2018)



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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Based on Jeff VanderMeer's best-selling Southern Reach Trilogy, Annihilation stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny and Oscar Isaac. It was written and directed by Alex Garland (Ex Machina, 28 Days Later).

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Gina Rodriguez
as Anya Thorensen
Tessa Thompson
as Josie Radek
Tuva Novotny
as Cass Sheppard
Oscar Isaac
as Lena's husband
Josh Danford
as Shelley
Sonoya Mizuno
as Katie / Humanoid
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Critic Reviews for Annihilation

All Critics (302) | Top Critics (49)

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.

March 26, 2018 | Full Review…

It's audacious stuff, topped by a lovely twist ending, and deserving of more than a casual skim through on an iPad.

March 15, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Portman's high-tension acting, her inability to relax, suits the material down to the ground. It's one of her best performances ...

March 12, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Top-notch sci-fi and a chilling allegory for humanity's capacity for self-destruction.

March 5, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Garland's version is a worthy mutation.

March 2, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Making movies steeped in vagueness these days is proving to be an excellent way to earn critical praise, but being artfully ambiguous strikes me as a way to cover for not being able to finish the job.

February 28, 2018 | Full Review…

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

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

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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

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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