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The Tragedy of "Annihilation"

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The RLM review was the first I heard of this film, and I really want to see it now. Most criticism I hear is "it's too slow" or "I could't follow it."



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First this is not hate.. just a movie lover that saw this topic.. and have to say some :)
I saw it today.. It blows my mind that this movie has a 7.4 rating at imdb..
worst film i have seen in years.. (and i mean that from the heart) my genre and nice trailer.. but I did not like anything about it.. so super bad imo
I whent on imdb right after.. and even rottentomatos (for the first time ever) and even soo the user review on the movies imdb page give it 4 stars and totaly nail why.. I can see that many people like it.. why?
Almost all things dosent make sense and are not explained.
But if you and other like it ok and nice you do :)



I find it highly ironic that an original, somewhat big budget film starring mostly female leads that isn't a dumbed down, lowest common denominator schlock fest like the 2016 Ghostbusters she-boot got hardly any press or mentions from the feminist / SJW crowd. They'll prop up the latest Amy Schumer / Melissa McCarthy crap fest and tell us that if we don't like it it's because we hate women, but they won't support a decent original film starring women.



On 2/24/13, MB1025 said:
You know I was always wondering why no one ever used the dollar sign for $ony, but then I realized they have no money so it would be pointless.

arcaneguyver said:
The RLM review was the first I heard of this film, and I really want to see it now. Most criticism I hear is "it's too slow" or "I could't follow it."

That's because it wasn't a big dumb action / superhero flick designed to appeal to the lowest common denominator of movie audiences.  General audiences would rather go see Black Panther for a 5th time.



On 2/24/13, MB1025 said:
You know I was always wondering why no one ever used the dollar sign for $ony, but then I realized they have no money so it would be pointless.

Glad someone agrees with me. I saw it a few weeks ago. I was unexpectedly surprised at the overall quality of the film. I'm not a movie buff...very far from it but I can honestly say...after seeing this movie...it instantly became one of my favourite of all time.

PS: Spoiler!!!





I think it's her clone at the end. I'm sure of it.



Insert Coin. Press START. You Died. Continue?

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Just saw it, and I must say I'm delighted with the result. Thought-provoking and ambitious. The last half an hour of the movie will for sure stick in my mind for a long, long time.

It's hard to go into it without spoiling anything, so I won't. I'll just show my anger at some Paramount people for thinking the audience is stupid, and making me see this movie on the little screen. When it's CLEARLY a movie to see on the big screen. I actually don't think it's that hard to follow.... Well, loved it anyway.



I saw the first 2mins and was like wtf is shit about and benched it for another day lol.


thanks for the post i'll give it a bit more attention this time to impress me.



 

 

Nymeria said:

Annihilation is yet another nail in the coffin for big budget risks that aren't tied to existing properties. Any time someone says "Why is Hollywood so creatively bankrupt?" point to this.  Shame that Alex Garland should be a director on the rise with this and his superb "Ex Machina" will likely struggle to get another movie made soon.

NightDragon83 said:
I find it highly ironic that an original, somewhat big budget film starring mostly female leads that isn't a dumbed down, lowest common denominator schlock fest like the 2016 Ghostbusters she-boot got hardly any press or mentions from the feminist / SJW crowd. They'll prop up the latest Amy Schumer / Melissa McCarthy crap fest and tell us that if we don't like it it's because we hate women, but they won't support a decent original film starring women.

Sad, but true.

I don't know if it will rank among my favorite movies of the year, but it was definitely worth the watch and I won't soon forget it. Quite the mindfuck. We can always use more relatively original and daring works like it.



So, I really want to discuss the film. The film is actually really worth a discussion, and because I don't know yet anybody who's seeing it, I keep my theory about the whole phenomena happening in here. I'll use spoiler tags just in case.

So, I think the phenomena surrounding the lighthouse goes this way. At one point in the film, we discover that what's going on is that everything (light, radio waves, even DNA) refracts in this area. The closer you are to the lighthouse, the more everything refracts. One of the most disturbing scenes in the movie shows how the voice of one of the characters mixed with the monster that kills her, mimicking even her voice. And, in the epicenter of all this phenomena, the "Annihilation" thing is capable of "total reflection". Making copies of everything that touches it. So... I think this has a physics parallelism, which is how light behaves going through a different surface. Light refracts, for example, in a glass of water, and everything we see through a glass of water is kind of messy and mixed (those will be the abnormalities of mixing a bear with a human voice for example). But light reflects in a mirror. Mimicking exactly which is in front of it. That'd be the lighthouse. 

So, the transition in the movie will be from refraction to reflection. I'm still grasping how it affects each character in a different way, because obviously the fact that every character is pretty flawed is not a coincidence. A second watch could clear that, I guess.



Nymeria said:
Lawlight said:
I hear it’s a very slow movie. I think movies don’t have to be slow to be good.

It didn't feel slow to me.  I will say parts are atmospheric, so if you find being immersed in an alien land to be off putting you may find those scenes not to your liking.  There are scenes where the acting is more subdued, but that channels the realism and sense of unease to me.  When there are action scene I'd say they are pretty intense, one in the middle in particular is terrifying in way most horror films fail to achieve.

I don’t find being immersed in an alien world offputting. I do find unnecessarily slow movies offputting though. The movie is on Netflix anyway so no huge loss if I watch it.