Film Review: Annihilation
Director: Alex Garland
Writer: Alex Garland
Cinematography: Rob Hardy
Cast: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, Oscar Isaac
Country of Origin: USA
Time: 115 mins.
If anyone could adapt the supposedly "most impossible book to adapt" aka Jeff Vandermeer's Annihilation, it would be Alex Garland. Garland is a veteran screenwriter for films like Sunshine, 28 Days Later, so it's obvious that Garland has a knack for bringing abstract concepts to life that is palpable and fully engaging. Annihilation follows a group of female military scientists who enter the "shimmer", a dangerous and mysterious quarantined zone that is full of mutating landscapes and creatures.
Annihilation was one of my Most Anticipated Films of 2018 and it lived up to my own hype. Garland takes the source material and wholly makes it his own to channel themes of self-destruction, evolution, and humanity. If you watch Annihilation, I recommend you doing a double feature with Under the Skin as well. Both films takes you to places, you would've never dreamed of, to make you confront your darkest nightmares straight in the face and accept the reality. Annihilation is nothing short of a masterpiece. Watch it, consume it, and let it devour you. It's the only way.