“Something here is making giant waves in the gene pool.”
- What is this movie about?
A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don’t apply.
- Why should you watch it?
This director left us with a wonderful feeling after watching his previous masterpiece “Ex-Machina”. This is his next work and although it stays short regarding its predecessor, it doesn’t leave you indifferent, but it leaves you pondering after you finish watching it.
The story takes you to a biologist whose husband went into a mission and after one year missing he returns to her but he doesn’t look quite the same. He left on a mission inside an area surrounded by a mysterious light and from where no one except him has ever returned. Therefore, she among other scientists embark on a journey to discover what the mystery is inside the area. This sound like the typical science fiction meets horror movie, and I couldn’t help myself but be reminded of Alien. I know, it’s not the same, but the concept about horror in space but more like the Prometheus movie is present thru the whole movie.
The movie is based on a book and one gets the feeling of it, but also one gets the feeling that there are some changes, although you haven’t read said novel. The movie goes slow, and at some points you start wondering what is about, but the more you keep watching, the pieces start to fall into place. The mystery starts to unfold and although at some point the surprise factor is given away beforehand, you still want to keep watching it.
In this movie what gets our eyes are definitely the visual effects. They are simply beautiful and the music helps enjoy them more making you feel a peace with yourself but still feeling on edge of what may happen. It’s true that there are some aspects of the movie that make you think: why are they doing this? This is not how this should be made? WTF? But above all these tine mistakes, as to give them a name, don’t make the movie less enjoyable.
- Did you know?
– This film was based on the first book in the “Southern Reach” trilogy.
– Director Alex Garland decided not to reread the novel “Annihilation.” Instead, he decided to adapt it “like a dream of the book.”
– Prior to its release, the film drew some criticism for the casting of Natalie Portman and Jennifer Jason Leigh as characters who are, in the books, described as Asian and half-Native American. Garland explained that none of the five female characters’ ethnicity is revealed in the first book, which is the only one of the trilogy he has read, and that the script was actually complete before the second book was published. He cast the characters based on his reaction only to the actors he met in the casting process, or actors he had worked with before. Because he wanted to take the story in his own direction, he did not read the other two books while making the film in order to not be influenced by them.
– Oscar Isaac filmed this movie and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) on adjacent studio lots. He had the same trailer for both films and would often film scenes for both movies on the same day.
– Due to a poorly received test screening, David Ellison, a financier at Paramount, became concerned that the film was “too intellectual” and “too complicated,” and demanded changes to make it appeal to a wider audience, including making Portman’s character more sympathetic and changing the ending. Producer Scott Rudin sided with Garland in his desire to not alter the film, defending the film and refusing to take notes. Rudin had final cut.