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.
Prior to its release, the film drew some criticism for the casting of Natalie Portman and Jennifer Jason Leigh as characters who are, in the books, described as Asian and half-Native American. Garland explained that none of the five female characters' ethnicity is revealed in the first book, which is the only one of the trilogy he has read, and that the script was actually complete before the second book was published. He cast the characters based on his reaction only to the actors he met in the casting process, or actors he had worked with before. Because he wanted to take the story in his own direction, he did not read the other two books while making the film in order to not be influenced by them. 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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