Another mixture of too many genres - from family drama to a survival movie, from sci-fi to art house with horror ingredients. It doesn't mash-up too well and it feels half-baked on each section. Visuals are eye-candy but their excessive use makes them look cheap in the end. It fits perfectly as a double feature with "The Fountain" for its creativity, pretentiousness, genre mixture and visuals.
Much like the DNA-spliced creatures that populate the movie's sci-fi landscape, "Annihilation" feels caught between two worlds: it's not quite cerebral enough to appease the arthouse crowd, nor does it boast enough twitch-based action to satisfy fans of the kind of video game it often resembles. "Ex Machina" was perhaps 2015's most pleasant surprise, but "Annihilation" registers as woefully undercooked in comparison.
A bit like The Thing, a lot like Stalker and Solaris, and something like what the Alien prequels wanted to be. It is, in short, mystery box sci-fi. As with any mystery box, there comes a time to put up or shut up, and on that count Annihilation actually does pretty well. Short of transcendent, sure—but what a joy to find yourself in the middle of a zone and not be sure where it's going. And to have the ending linger.
È un film strano: ha diversi motivi per non piacere (effetti speciali traballanti, sceneggiatura spesso ridicola, personaggi stereotipati ed eventi forzati o ridicoli), e altri per piacere (scenografia e fotografia accattivanti, finale interessante e una tematica di fondo che fa presa)
I liked it, but didn't love it. It's a melange of Solaris, Stalker, Arrival, The Thing, and 2001, but never quite reaches the heights of any of them. It is vastly superior to the book, which felt like a total slog. The film is pretty engrossing throughout, thanks to the gorgeous cinematography, great performances, slick effects, and outstanding music. So I wasn't really over the moon for it, but liked it well enough.
(3.5) "I think you're confusing suicide with self-destruction, and they're very different. Almost none of us commit suicide, whereas almost all of us self-destruct. Somehow. In some part of our lives. We drink, or take drugs, or destabilize the happy job... or happy marriage. [...] Isn't the self-destruction coded into us? Imprinted into each cell."
As the 2nd directing effort coming from Alex Garland, Annihilation is a dazzling sci-fi puzzle with no easy answers that really impressed me mostly because of a high visual level and the story also is on the same page (only with some reproaches). The pressure was on A.G. to deliver once again after Ex Machina (haven't seen yet so for me is hard to tell if he has done it better this time)[definitely different] 8.5/10