Annihilation: Life, Death And Rebirth

Annihilation backs up its sci-fi visual wonders and visceral genre thrills with an impressively ambitious - and surprisingly strange - exploration of challenging themes that should leave audiences pondering long after THE END!

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Annihilation is a movie that is impossible to shake. CREDIT: www.cosmopolitan.com
Annihilation is a 2018 Sci-Fi psychological horror film directed by Alex Garland and based on a novel of the same name by Jeff VanderMeer.
The movie revolves round a group of women going into ‘The Shimmer’ which is a mysterious quarantine zone resulting from a meteor crash. It spreads rapidly into surrounding environment. Nothing that goes into The Shimmer comes out except Kane (Oscar Isaac) who is Lena’s (Natalie Portman) husband. He comes back home after a year. Then, not long after, he falls sick and was diagnosed with organ failure. He was taken to a military zone while Lena was transporting him to a hospital and there Ventress (Jennifer Jason Leigh) explained to Lena the nature of her husband’s last expedition.
Photos: Everett Collection ; Illustration: Dillen Phelps
She offered to go in with the group consisting of Ventress, Josie (Tessa Thompson), Anya (Gina Rodriguez) and Cass (Tuva Novotny), and that is where the thrill all started!
Producer, Alex Garland blends psychological concepts with visuals and horror with a team led by women.
The perfect blend of colours in The Shimmer, the mortifying creatures, the troubled life of the women that entered The Shimmer makes the movie more intense and further confirms the psychological Sci-Fi it really is.
You will find yourself questioning yourself throughout, wondering whether what you’re watching can possibly be real! CREDIT: www.pastemagazine.com
The occasional flashbacks of the love life of Lena and Kane add some emotional twist to the story.
Annihilation revolves round the cyclical nature of life, death and rebirth. The film ask questions to which no answers are given.
Even the end is still a mystery with Lena and Kane reuniting. Lena asking Kane if he is Kane, him answering ‘I don’t think so’, Kane asking her the same question and she not responding.
Indeed, Annihilation is hauntingly intriguing!
Written by: Lateefah Omoyosola Yusuf
Lateefah is Creative Director, ILLA
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