“ Annihilation” is a science fiction film based on the novel, by Jeff VanderMeer. The book is defined as sci-fi horror. As a disclaimer: I am not a fan of either sci-fi or horror but, because the film was being promoted as being sci-fi, fantasy, drama, fiction, I thought, why not. There are times when I am pleasantly surprised. Unfortunately, this film did not do it for me. There are few well-known actors including Natalie Portman (Lena), Jennifer Jason Leigh (Dr.Ventress) and Gina Rodriguez (Anya Thorenson), As the film opens, Lena, a cancer cell researcher, is grieving her husband who has been missing for almost a year, when, out of nowhere, he shows up, but is a shell of his real self. He quickly goes into a coma and Lena wants to know where he has been, what has happened and why. There is a shimmer in the forest that is growing in size. Five well-educated women, including Lena, feel compelled to go into this area to find the secrets. Attempts to explain the demons lurking within each member of the group are not enough to make me care. Despite the findings and explanation, I never quite understood the story line or where it wanted to go. I think something went missing in action from novel to film.
Scary. Good time to watch this kind of movie.
It was riveting!! Horrific and terrifying in parts, very good!
Painfully boring and slow. Natalie Portman's supporting actresses were horrible.