Ballerina Dominika Egorova is recruited to 'Sparrow School,' a Russian intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon. Her first mission, targeting a C.I.A. agent, threatens to unravel the security of both nations.
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.
Anya tells Lena when they first meet at the Southern Reach that "The people here put themselves to sleep in fetal positions." Earlier, when Lena wakes up for the first time at the Southern Reach after getting sedated, she is seen stirring from a fetal position. See more »
When the team takes shelter in the abandoned military base, UK style electrical outlets can be seen, despite the film being set in the US. See more »
What did you eat? You had rations for two weeks. You were inside for nearly four months.
I don't remember eating.
How long did you think you were inside?
Days. Maybe weeks.
What happened to Josie Radek?
...I don't know.
What about Sheppard? Thorensen?
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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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