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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

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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

Gross USA:

$32,732,301

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,070,915
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

On December 7, 2017, it was announced that due to the clashes between producer Scott Rudin and David Ellison, a financier at Paramount, and the shift in Paramount's leadership, a deal was struck with Netflix handling international distribution rather than releasing the film in theaters. According to this deal, Paramount would handle the U.S. and China release, while Netflix would begin streaming the film in other territories seventeen days later. See more »

Goofs

When Kane wakes Lena to tell her he's leaving a day early he puts a glass of orange juice on the nightstand. A few seconds later the camera angle changes and the glass is in a different spot. 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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Polarized Audience - You apparently may love or hate this
25 March 2018 | by jimmyjohnjones69See all my reviews

I don't review films, but I felt I had to counter the "one star" ratings from people who evidently didn't "get" this modern sci-fi masterpiece. I have to say I'm baffled by the extremely low reviews from some people, especially those who claim they went to sleep during the movie (is it fair to give it one star if you didn't see all of it?), or those who claim they are doing it to counter the "fake" ten star reviews.

I am giving this a ten because this movie single-handedly restored my faith in cinema as capable of giving me an "experience" in the theater. This is not a perfect film. That's not why I gave it a ten. I gave it a ten because of its vision and its impact. I'd say it's a cross between Alien, Arrival, Monsters, and 2001. If you don't like films that create an environment and put you in it to experience something, you probably won't like this. It's not a straight linear sci-fi film where you will have all your questions answered. Instead, it will make you think about what life and death is, about what ties us together, and it will give you a few scares along the way, and show you things you have never seen in other films. It will also convey how important the soundtrack can be in a film.

It's tragic that other countries didn't get a chance to see this in the theater. For anyone watching this overseas on Netflix, I recommend you watch on the largest television you can find with the best sound system you can get, and crank it. If you have to bribe your friend with the 70" television and Atmos sound system, do it. It's worth it to experience this film to the fullest. I wish I could see it for the first time again in the theater.

If you've read the book, Garland says this was created as a sort of "dream" of the book, and it's only roughly based on that work. If you have read the book first, you need to reset your expectations going in.

Again, this is not a "paid" review, it's not a "fake" review. I experienced what I can only describe as a near-religious experience in the theater watching this film, and a repeated view at home brought all those feelings back. It's a tremendous work, and I can't wait to see what Garland does next.


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