I checked out this movie on Netflix the other day. Apparently this is one of those movies that everyone says we need more of (and they’re right! It was a really cool movie!), but somehow there was no market for it and the studio panicked and dumped the whole thing on Netflix instead of making it an actual thing in theatres.
Annihilation was a funky mixture of 2001‘s psychedelia, Contact‘s way of dealing with the alienness of extraterrestrials, and The Thing‘s psychological and physical horror. It didn’t oversimplify, over-explain, or dumb it down. The characters were subtle and interesting and well-performed (and interestingly, I didn’t even notice the main characters were all women until reviewers pointed it out, because it didn’t matter – as indeed it shouldn’t). It was challenging and confusing and that didn’t matter, because its beauty and its handling was spot-on. You weren’t supposed to understand everything that was happening, because that was the point.
And oh boy, creepy. Creeeeepy.
I can’t really say much more than what Red Letter Media already did, so I’ll go with that.
Well worth watching (the movie, as well as the review). These are the sorts of movies we all seem to agree that they should be making. But they won’t, as long as we keep buying ticket after ticket to Disney / Marvel movies.
Which, you know, we are going to do. But we should see these ones too. I am happy to award this movie a John Saw, John Hammer, John 500-Piece Nail Set, John Power Sander, John Flawlessly Executed Dovetail Join, and John Functional Alcoholism out of a possible John Carpenter.
– Posted from my Huawei mobile phone while on the bus.