Annihilation movie review

My understanding is that Annihilation is only getting a theatrical release in the United States, or it is only getting a streaming release in Europe. Apparently, the studio does not think that there is a big audience for this movie and the poor showing at the box office so far seems to be proving them right. I saw the trailer for this movie many times during the course of 2017 and it didn’t exactly have me running to the theater. It is a shame though; there’s lots of cool stuff to look at in this movie and I’m glad I saw it on the big screen.

Anyway, I did see this movie today. You know what I thought? It was okay. Maybe I’d even go as far as to say it was pretty good. On the other hand, outside of the production design and a few story elements, I wouldn’t say this movie isn’t exactly reinventing the wheel. That’s the thing about the trailer for this movie: it promises a lot, but doesn’t offer much.

Okay, I’ll get off the trailers back. The movie itself has an interesting protagonist and I like very much what they’ve done here. Natalie Portman’s character is interesting, complex and the movie does a good job of combining character elements with the plot. I also enjoyed the tension, but on the other hand the slow burn pace only works some of the time. The movie isn’t too long, but I did catch myself checking my watch once.

I would say sci-fi and thriller fans would enjoy Annihilation. I can’t recommend it for general audiences though. It definitely doesn’t pass the Mom test. (Mom, if you’re reading this, don’t go see this movie. You will not like it.) I just checked this movie’s average score on Rotten Tomatoes, and it’s at 7.6, which I think is fair. It even be a little harsh. I think I’d give this movie an 8 out of 10. It’s a “Walk, Don’t Run” movie for fans of these genres only. In case it doesn’t go without saying, I wouldn’t take any children to Annihilation, but I would think adults with patience and a strong constitution will probably enjoy this movie.

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Posted on February 27, 2018, in movie review and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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