Annihilation (2018), Dir. Alex Garland

Annihilation (2018), Dir. Alex Garland
Isn’t the self-destruction coded into us? Imprinted into each cell.
— Dr. Ventress, Annihilation (2018)

Stars: Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, Benedict Wong, David Gyasi, Sonoya Mizuno.
Director: Alex Garland
Screenplay: Alex Garland

All of its sloppiness is saved by its final act. All of it is saved by the beauty of its final act. Its final act blends, blends, blends, blends through its horror—the beauty of its horror. Life is terrifying, lifeforms are terrifying, and mutation of survival is beyond creepy, gross, skin crawling and frankly alien. 

Annihilation's greatest strength is its team of women. With women the story is more intriguing, more organic, with the male characters being the foil, the MacGuffin to the beginning of the story. Each character are their own beings that conflict, coincide, repel, connect, and destruct all at once. All on their own personal journey's that lead them to different ends. 

Annihilation weakens at its structure taking away from its ambiguity with flashbacks in an interview room. It is not needed, we need no in to the world here. There needs no definite beginning or end or rationale which is why it feels so wrong and out of place. The convention almost destroyed the beauty of Garland's work. But then I guess the film is depicting the art itself, self-destruction is imprinted into the DNA itself.

★ ★ ★ ★