Review: Annihilation (2018)

Owing to Netflix’s staggeringly bad synopsis, I put off watching this movie for some time. And oh my goodness, what a mistake that was! Adapted and directed by Alex Garland from the novel written by Jeff VanderMeer, Annihilation is a shimmering star in the quagmire of recent cliché-ridden sci-fi movies.

It begins with Lena Kerans (Natalie Portman), a cellular-biology professor struggling to rebuild her life after her military hubby went Mia twelve months earlier. When he mysteriously shows up at her door in a near-catatonic state and collapses, a squad of Special Ops soldiers kidnap the couple and take them to a secret military base. Whilst there, the cause of his illness is revealed to Lena: a dome of energy coined the ‘Shimmer’ has grown over a huge area, mutating the land. The cause of the Shimmer is unknown. It could be an act of god, an extraterrestrial event,
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