Annihilation: This movie is scary, anxiety-inducing, and borderline disturbing. However, it’s also one of the best science fiction experiences one can have in a theater. Director Alex Garland has followed up his directorial debut of “Ex Machina” beautifully. It’s safe to say as a writer he is a powerhouse and as a director he’s just getting started.
The acting was all top notch. Natalie Portman played the soldier/scientist role perfectly. Jennifer Jason Leigh was subtle and almost silent, but she gave quite an impact. Although, the best supporting role belongs to Gina Rodriguez. She was incredible. The rest of the cast also gave reserved yet grand performances.
The writing and the cast were outstanding, but the most haunting portions of the film are the technical elements. The score, which was reminiscent of “Sicario” and “Arrival,” was disorienting and discomforting. The cinematography was stunning and could be a contender for the Oscar. Lastly, the visual effects were easily the most impressive aspect of the whole thing. Some of the things they brought to screen are beyond description and just NEED to be seen. Garland definitely belongs in the ranks of Christopher Nolan and Denis Villeneuve after this near masterpiece.