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Annihilation (2018)

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A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don't apply.



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A biologist's husband disappears. She puts her name forward for an expedition into an environmental disaster zone, but does not find what she's expecting. The expedition team is made up of the biologist, an anthropologist, a psychologist, a surveyor, and a linguist.

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Rated R for violence, bloody images, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 February 2018 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aniquilación  »


Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,071,584, 25 February 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$30,325,089, 21 March 2018
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2.39 : 1
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Oscar Isaac filmed this movie and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) on adjacent studio lots. He had the same trailer for both films and would often film scenes for both movies on the same day. See more »


[first lines]
Scientist: What did you eat? You had rations for only two weeks. You were there for nearly four months.
The Biologist: I don't remember eating.
Scientist: How long do you think you were in there?
The Biologist: Days. Maybe weeks?
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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Every Day/Annihilation (2018) See more »


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Words and Music by Gernot Bronsert, Sebastian Szary and Apparat (as Sascha Ring)
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Very dark and bizarrely beautiful sci-fi masterpiece, but I can also see why some don't like it.
23 February 2018 | by See all my reviews

'ANNIHILATION': Four and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

The new science fiction horror flick from writer/director Alex Garland (who also performed both duties on 2014's 'EX MACHINA'). It's about a biologist who volunteers to lead an expedition into a dangerous environmental zone, after her husband comes out of the zone seriously injured, and the sole survivor of his expedition. It's based on the novel, of the same name, by Jeff VanderMeer. The film stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny and Oscar Isaac. It's gotten nearly unanimous positive reviews from critics, but it also performed really poorly at a test screening (which prompted a Netflix release overseas, instead of a theatrical one). I think the film is a very dark and bizarrely beautiful sci-fi masterpiece, and I can also see why a lot of people won't like it.

A year has passed since a team of soldiers entered an environmental disaster zone, and never returned. One soldier, named Kane (Isaac), suddenly reappears, much to the desperate relief of his biologist wife Lena (Portman), but he doesn't remember where he's been or how he got home. Then he has a sudden medical emergency, and is rushed to a hospital. In an attempt to help him, Lena decides to join a team of all female scientists, on an expedition back into the environmental zone. Things of course don't go as planned.

The movie is very hauntingly beautiful, and it's especially highlighted by an awesomely haunting score, and some breathtaking visuals. The story is interesting, but it's definitely slow-paced, and the climax is much more of an intellectual payoff than a spectacular action scene (which many viewers might be hoping for). So I can definitely see why some people would hate this film, but I loved it. It's one I definitely won't forget anytime soon too, and it's great to see Natalie Portman (my old favorite actress) back in top form!

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