'Annihilation' Review Roundup
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Alex Garland’s 'Annihilation' is tapping into the highest echelons of science fiction, so much so that its distributor, Paramount, wanted nothing to do with and all but jettisoned into the hands of a streaming service. Adapted from a novel by Jeff VanderMeer, 'Annihilation' is overdosed on ambiguity and an intellectual vortex that transports us into a puzzling dimension. It provides one of the few pure cinema experiences of 2018 so far, even if to try to decipher its hypotheses is a mind-bending exercise in futility. But I’m going to try.
More times than not when you see a film you know what you're getting into. You know trailers, you know what's it based off and you know the directors style but sometimes and not often as you would like, you get something different that you could never expect. Annihilation is that something different to 2018. Get ready to be stunned.
“Annihilation” is writer/director Alex Garland’s follow-up to 2015’s fascinating, visionary Oscar-winning drama “Ex Machina”. This time he adapts Book One of the popular sci-fi Southern Reach Trilogy, creating the most riveting and thought-provoking film of the year so far.
Ex Machina Actor-Director Duo Oscar Isaac and Alex Garland Re-Teaming for 'Annihilation'
Alex Garland broke into the filmmaking world with his debut directorial debut, Ex Machina, having already written the scripts for 28 Days Later, Sunshine, and Dredd.