Annihilation takes theaters by storm

Alex Garland’s newest edition to the sci-fi world of movies.

Alex Garland’s newest edition to the sci-fi world of movies.

Kaylee Christensen, North Staff Writer

The newest edition to the mystery, sci-fi world of movies leaves viewers completely stumped as to what they have just seen and wondering how long it will be until they are able to see it again. On February 23, 2018, Alex Garland released his newest film: Annihilation. The film takes place in a futuristic America, which has just been struck by some kind of alien life form. Biologist and ex-soldier, Lina, (played by Natalie Portman) ends up volunteering to explore the alien-infested swamp lands after she finds out that her husband (Oscar Isaac) has just come home from them in an almost-coma. Everyone believed him to have been killed in action in a war zone somewhere in Afghanistan after he went off the grid for over a year. We later find out that he had been sent on a secret deployment into the swamplands for a reconnaissance mission.

The area, which was coined “the shimmering” due to its glass-like appearance, continues to grow at an alarmingly fast rate, threatening to start overtaking even more of civilization. Lina’s team realizes that the farther they trek into the shimmering, the more their bodies and minds start to fail them. Nothing in their military background equipped them to be able to acclimate to the psychological and physical torments that begin to plague the team.

Annihilation has stunning cinematography and special effects that seem to mimic its producer’s previous film “Ex Machina.” It received its highest praise for musical composition by Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury and visual effects by Andrew Whitehurst. Overall, the film earned an 87% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes and obtained glowing feedback from movie critic Molly Freeman. I believe the movie had a great balance between horror sequences and exposition.

If you are looking for a bewildering, suspense-filled thriller, then make a date this weekend with Garland’s Annihilation, and remember, “ We all live in a kind of continuous dream. When we wake, it is because something, some event, some pinprick even, disturbs the edges of what we’ve taken as reality” – Jeff VanderMeer (author of Annihilation).