Pssst, want to check out Annihilation in our new look?
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Tried to be Stalker, ended up as It Comes at Night meets Arrival meets The Arrival.
Machinegun wielding scientists with short-term memory loss who didn't bother using 5500-year-old technology: writing.
Alex Garland's second movie is not as satisfying as his freshman directorial effort, Ex Machina, in large part because the characters are thinly developed and there isn't much emotional resonance.
Unfortunately it wasn't a very cerebral sci-fi either and I found myself agitated over even the basic illogical story elements (... machine guns but not body suits? Are space monsters more plausible than dangerous air?). Some of the artistic choices are more successful, and there are some good scenes, visuals and ideas sprinkled about, but overall it does not work.
to see which of your friends have seen this movie!