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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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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$32,721,048, 18 April 2018
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Natalie Portman and Tessa Thompson have starred as major characters in Thor movies except the fact that not together. Natalie as Jane Foster in Thor and Thor: The Dark World and Tessa as Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok See more »

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[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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The Mark (Interlude)
Performed by Moderat
Words and Music by Gernot Bronsert, Sebastian Szary and Apparat (as Sascha Ring)
Licensed courtesy of Sony/ATV Music Publishing Limited
Published by Monkeytown Music Gmbh / Sony/ATV Music Publishing Limited,
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Annihilation of a Decent Idea
5 March 2018 | by See 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 the 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 discover strange mutations are happening to the flora and fauna, and their communications devices no longer work. Rather than return to base and report these discoveries, they push on 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 fiction is a conventional adventure movie spiced up with some sci-fi mumbo-jumbo. The military and scientific background becomes increasingly farcical as routine action sequences and CGI pyrotechnics overwhelm all the grown-up possibilities. 'Annihilation' ends up as juvenile and unbelievable as Garland's 2007 'Sunshine' screenplay. After 'Ex Machina', it's a major disappointment.


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