Film Review: ANNIHILATION (USA 2018) ***1/2

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Annihilation Poster
A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don’t apply.


Alex Garland


Alex Garland (written for the screen by), Jeff VanderMeer (based on the novel by)


Alex Garland is known for his sci-fi scripts that have gone on to make memorable films like THE BEACH, 28 DAYS LATER, SUNSHINE, my favourite NEVER LET ME GO and EX MACHINA which he also directed.  The latter brought him prominence and the chance to make his first big budget $55 million Hollywood movie.  But the film was shelved 2 years ago after production was completed when Paramount was unsure what to do with the film after test audiences found it too ‘intellectual’.

By intellectual is meant ‘hard to follow’ and ‘difficult to make sense’.

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