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 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.
It's audacious stuff, topped by a lovely twist ending, and deserving of more than a casual skim through on an iPad.
Portman's high-tension acting, her inability to relax, suits the material down to the ground. It's one of her best performances ...
Top-notch sci-fi and a chilling allegory for humanity's capacity for self-destruction.
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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