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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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Alex Garland

Writers:

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

Complete credited cast:
Natalie Portman ... Lena
Benedict Wong ... Lomax
Sonoya Mizuno ... Humanoid & Katie (Med Student)
David Gyasi ... Daniel
Oscar Isaac ... Kane
John Schwab ... Paramedic
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Dr Ventress
Gina Rodriguez ... Anya Thorensen
Tuva Novotny ... Cass Sheppard
Tessa Thompson ... Josie Radek
Sammy Hayman ... Mayer
Josh Danford ... Shelley
Kristen McGarrity Kristen McGarrity ... Lena Double
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Storyline

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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One way in. No way out. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Annihilation See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$32,732,301, 19 April 2018
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Director Alex Garland decided not to reread the novel "Annihilation." Instead, he decided to adapt it "like a dream of the book." See more »

Goofs

During an attack by a bear, one character is shown to be bitten on the left shoulder by the creature, and it is mentioned in behind the scenes footage. However, in the next scenes, the character shows no outward sign of injury on their affected shoulder, such as scratches, blood, or bandages. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lomax: What did you eat? You had rations for two weeks. You were inside for nearly four months.
Lena: I don't remember eating.
Lomax: How long did you think you were inside?
Lena: Days. Maybe weeks.
Lomax: What happened to Josie Radek?
Lena: ...I don't know.
Lomax: What about Sheppard? Thorensen?
Lena: Dead.
Lomax: Ventress?
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Featured in The Month in Movies: March 2018 (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Helplessly Hoping
Performed by Crosby Stills & Nash (as Crosby Stills and Nash)
Written by Stephen Stills
Licensed courtesy of Warner Music UK
Published by Gold Hill Music Inc (BMI)
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Annihilation of a Decent Idea
5 March 2018 | by tigerfish50See all my reviews

A meteorite strikes a lighthouse on the southeastern US coast and a mysterious 'Shimmer Zone' begins expanding from the impact point. The government keeps the event a secret and sends military units into the area. None of these personnel ever return, until the special forces husband of an ex-Army biologist called Lena suddenly shows up at their home. He's been missing for a year, remembers little of it, and soon falls seriously ill, which leads to Lena joining the next all-female expedition. After entering the zone, the five women witness disturbing events and discover their communications devices no longer work. Rather than return to base and report these discoveries, they push deeper into the zone, making more foolish decisions as they proceed, until they resemble dim-witted teenagers in a slasher pic.

Many sci-fi fans will recall JG Ballard conceived the original idea of an expanding zone where the laws of nature are transformed. By comparison to Ballard's 1966 novel 'The Crystal World', Garland's film of Jeff VanderMeer's copycat story is a conventional adventure movie spiced up with some sci-fi mumbo-jumbo. The military and scientific background becomes increasingly unbelievable as routine action sequences and CGI pyrotechnics overwhelm all the grown-up possibilities. 'Annihilation' ends up as juvenile and insignificant as Garland's 2007 'Sunshine' screenplay. After 'Ex Machina', it's a major disappointment.


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