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February 22, 2018

by Matt Lynch Current Film

Annihilation | Alex Garland

February 22, 2018

Annihilation¬†practically sits up and begs to be regarded as high-minded genre cinema. But really, it’s a thuddingly¬†literal handful of barely engaged ideas and dangling plot threads standing in for conceptual and narrative ambiguity. Extremely loosely based on a novel by Jeff VanderMeer, writer/director Alex Garland’s film streamlines a work of really haunting interiority and curiosity into a mostly straightforward soldiers-meet-monsters exercise, substituting melancholy uncertainty and a genuine sense of awe in the face of the inexplicable with expository backstory and…

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