I watched Annihilation last week. It has one of the most terrifying scenes I’ve ever seen in a movie. It’s definitely the best film I’ve watched in a while, and it left a lasting effect.
Very thought provoking. It made me ponder what it means to be human. One of the themes touches on a flaw in our DNA structure that causes entropy, and the subtle, physiological impact that has on our conscience. Or maybe not so subtle. The whole concept of the place they go to and what it does to the world is… otherworldly.
The movie is beautifully shot. Some of the mutations are unnervingly psychedelic and “awesome” in the literal sense of the word. Others are dreadful and grotesque. All of it is INTENSE. There are several scenes that elicit powerful emotional responses. Without spoiling anything, there were times my jaw was dropped in blissful awe, other times I could barely look at the screen out of horror, and one particular scene that was both terrifying and disturbing that had me clutching my chest in fear.
The music is incredible, especially during the climax. Can’t really describe it except that it fit the mood perfectly and added to the experience.
The acting for the most part was really good, especially Natalie Portman. It’s the best thing I’ve seen her in, though I’ve only really ever seen her in the Prequels and Thor. But she was fucking great in Annihilation. Very believable as that character and engaging to watch.
Overall, the movie was both terrifying and beautiful at times. There were definitely some plot holes that could have been addressed for those who are over-critical about stuff like that. But if you’re ok with letting go of that, Annihilation is an intense work of art that is worth checking out. Not for the feint of heart, though.