[T H E A T E R]("Like? No, I don't fucking like!")Two species: the ones who've seen this on a film theater & the ones who Netflix'd it. The most wildly ambitious film of this century bar none. Sorry Lynch and Malick, but the new kids on the block (Garland, Villeneuve) are kicking ass. Didn't gasp this wide since "2001", "Inland Empire" & "The Tree of Life". My jaw dropped so hard on the floor it's on China right now▽
I loved the way it upends audience expectations by starting out as one thing - a pick-'em-off, and-then-there-were-none style genre pastiche - but ends up in the realm of Stalker and Solaris. Contains some of the most extraordinary things I've seen in modern film: that entire lighthouse sequence, with Barrow & Salisbury's bowel-shaking score - had my chin on the floor.
The only thing I regret about Alex Garland's amazing sophomore film is the fact that fucking Paramount put it on Netflix instead of movie theatres. After the backlash from "mother!" I guess they didn't want to risk the release of another "intelectual" arthouse film... And that's why we don't deserve nice things. Moderat playing on that cave scene completely murdered me <3
Loved it! Absolutely refreshing to see something that appears like a blockbuster but ignores all the usual military bravado and command centre BS. Barrow brings the beats in the final scenes with a grinding gusto ushering a true sense of transcendence. My only gripe was how one woman tied up three others that were armed but hey. Beautiful! 4.5 stars
Żuławski's Possession meets The Last of Us. There are some good aesthetical ideas and the gore is amazing but the editing is excruciating, the dialogues are completely off and even the acting feels terrible. I was very much entertained anyway.
"Annihilation" este un film uninteresant în care o expediție pretențioasă e înțelesă greșit asă o mediere filozofică și măreță despre uman. în ciuda scenografiei nemaipomenite și promisiunii ademenitoare, interes meu a fost anihilat treptat în timp ce am văzut acest film. // 「アナイアレイション -全滅領域-」は思わせぶりな彷徨いを人間についての高尚な哲学的瞑想とはき違えている、面白みのない一作だ。素晴らしい美術と魅惑的な前提にも関わらず、映画を観ているうちに興味は殲滅されていく。
Annihilation is a stellar sci-fi film that refuses easy answers. Although it pulls (or steals) from Tarkovsky & Carpenter, the film is able to bring together its influences & become its own film. It's rare to see a film that asks open ended & existential questions about death, evolution, genetics, humanity's true nature, & our mutually assured self-destruction. I'm looking forward to what Garland does next.
Though I would agree it's a poor man's Tarkovsky, Garland's 'Annihilation' is passionate enough in its conceits to be a successful sci-fi headscratcher. Portman scores here even with the awkward framing story. Visually the film is quite arresting with its effects impressive.