Annihilation might be an enigma to many. It’s marketed like a Nolan film but with the budget, Annihilation doesn’t give away much other than the fact that there’s a foreign threat that could be alien. Going in dark to this film is preferred because watching the story unravel is a spectacle. From 2nd time writer/director, Alex Garland, we are given a science fiction to marvel at with incredible imagery and fantastic narrative. The former is to be expected of; Garland is prolific in writing notable sci-fi films. However, his evolution as a director with a bigger budget is admirable as he doesn’t lose sight of the goal he’s trying to attain. Chalk Annihilation up as a film everyone will have a strong opinion about and one that will have longevity in the world of sci-fi films.
This circumstance doesn’t occur too often, but I’ve actually read the book before seeing the movie. Going in you have this understanding of things to expect and while there were some bits left out from the book, the movie has fully captured the spirit of the book and makes for an excellent transition to film. Ridley Scott is in fine form in his best movie in years, he gives us a beautiful landscape and capitalizes on key emotional moments in Mark Watney’s journey through survival.
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It’s not often that we get a Sci-Fi movie that is realistic Sci-Fi. It’s something that’s seldom tackled, and tackled well. But when it’s done right it can ascend to the ranks of notable works like 2001 A Space Odyssey, and though 2001 is a prime example, a good realistic Sci Fi movie will make you ponder about what you just saw and how real it might actually seem, Ex Machina accomplishes this task thanks to a fascinating script by veteran writer and freshman director Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine, Dredd) and works the little cogs in our brain to see how we really feel. By the end of the endeavor we may not know how to feel about anything presented to us, and that means the movie did it’s job well.