Annihilation (2018)

Starring: Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Genre: Based-on-a-book, Thriller, Fantasy, Science fiction

I saw this film at the behest of Twitter, touting it as “powerful” and “energetic”, the best new-release sci-fi/thriller of late. To the credit of these random tweets, it wasn’t all hot air. The film was indeed a nice ride – and a female driven cast to boot!

What I liked most was the plot: a vast, unknown ecological blip, “the shimmer,” appears on Earth and both military and scientists are sent in to investigate its purpose and origin. And folks, it’s growing.

It’s really creepy, especially the high pitched, throbbing music played in the background. It leaves you with this feeling of sunken dread. It feels like the world is ending.

I wish I had known it was book before seeing the movie – I think I would have loved the book. You know what this movie reminds me of? Sphere. That’s the “dread” I’m referring to, when you’re at the mercy of something you can neither see nor understand. It’s a game played by their rules. Chilling.

I loved the monsters in this story, they were better than expected. Not cliché. I imagine they might surprise you too!

Is this movie a love story? I’m not sure. I did enjoy the tender moments between Lena and Kane. At the same time, I didn’t understand the relationship between Lena and Daniel, or how it added to the plot. It didn’t make sense to me.

Some of the other character choices felt odd as well. Why was the psychologist so off-putting and apathetic? And why did she readily reveal classified information? Why was Lena so easily invited to enter the shimmer?

What was the use of the different scientific specialties when no one really used their expertise to progress the story? Why was the selected physicist so weak and self-destructive? How exactly did she come to her conclusion about the environment without performing one single test or experiment?

If Lena has confirmed military experience, why was the paramedic so gung-ho on leading the troupe in defense?

I also have questions about the ending, but that’s to be discussed after you watch the movie. And yes, I think you should watch it. It’s worth the trip.


  1. Now that you mention it, it did remind me of Sphere! and now i want to watch that movie again, but I will probably fast forward through the scary scenes.
    Oh, I loved Annihilation! and if you enjoyed the movie, you will really enjoy the book. A lot of the questions you pose – why was it so easy for Lena to get added to the mission, why is the psychologist kind of a jerk, those questions are answered in the book. In the movie, they really hyped up the relationship between Lena and her husband – their relationship is in the book, but it is not at all the focus of the book.

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    1. Yay! I’m glad someone else agrees, lol. And that answers the love story debate. I knew it wasn’t the main plot, but their yearning for each other throughout the movie threw me off a bit. I really enjoyed the movie and may check out the book if it’s available at the library.

      I’m currently trying to get a copy of “You Were Never Really Here” by Jonathan Ames before I see it in theatres. I hope it’s also good!

      And thank you for stopping by to read and comment! 😊


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