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 »
This one is a character error and also a continuity error. During a scene outside the village house where in a previous scene a bear had attacked the group, Natalie Portman and one of the crew members are talking together. The crew member is supposed to have damaged arms from self inflicted wounds and thus wearing long sleeves all the time, but in this scene she has her arms revealed and they are clean of injury. In the next scene, the wounds are rendered and flowers are blooming out of them. 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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Polarized Audience - You apparently may love or hate this
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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