It's been a couple years since Alex Garland wowed the world with his directing debut Ex Machina, but he's back again to wow sci-fi fans into a frenzy with Annihilation. Based on the hit novel of the same name written by Jeff VanderMeer, the film stars Natalie Portman as a scientist who is drawn to join an expedition that'll take her on a journey that's so surreal, some thought it'd never translate to the silver screen. And yet, here we are today, preparing to rate and discuss what already feels like it's going to be a bit of a divisive film.
You see, a slow moving narrative like Annihilation might be a bit much for the common moviegoer. Taking a look at the critical evaluation of the film thus far paints a different picture though, as critics overwhelmingly seem to support this mind-bender. You can definitely count us as part of the consensus, as our official review landed along the following lines:
The true measure of how wide the gap between critic and moviegoer will be in the audience reaction. So naturally, we're going to want you, the viewers, to weigh in on how you felt about Annihilation. With that in mind, please answer the following discussion questions in the comments below:
Along with your answers to the discussion questions above, it's also a good idea to offer some general thoughts on what you thought about Annihilation altogether. Which means that it's time for you to provide a numerical rating for the film, using the scale of 0 to 5 stars. Don't forget to provide specific details on why you rated the film the way you did, along with any other feedback you have pertaining to the film, in the comments.
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Before we let you go, let's talk about some further reading after seeing Annihilation. Obviously, we recommend reading the entire Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer, as it basically serves as an alternate version of the story of this fateful expedition. In terms of continued information behind the film version, one interesting story explained how, thanks to both this film and Star Wars: The Last Jedi both being filmed at the same studio, star Oscar Issac was able to film scenes for both films in the same day. In a similar vein, Tessa Thompson had to juggle her work in this film with that of her role as Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok, which led to some interesting results. And with that, we say goodbye for this week's Rate and Discuss! We'll see you next week, as we evaluate the next film everyone will be talking about at the movies!
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