​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

ANNIHILATION (2018)


No question this unconventional sci-fi tale has similarities to the superior Arrival, except that here Natalie Portman gets to play the Amy Adams part.  She plays Lena, a biologist who is still dealing with the disappearance of her husband Kane (Oscar Isaac) a year earlier on a secret military mission.  Suddenly he wanders into the bedroom she is painting, not sure how he got there and being very cryptic – until he starts bleeding from the mouth.  She gets an ambulance to take him to a hospital – but it’s blocked by mysterious types who take her and him to an undisclosed location.  It is there she finds out that he and his group disappeared one day while going into “the shimmer,” a weird phenomenon in an isolated area where no one’s sure what’s going on inside it – but it’s growing and everyone who has gone in to investigate hasn’t come back, expect for the reappearance of her hubby.  The next ones to try: a psychiatrist (Jennifer Jason Leigh); a paramedic (Gina Rodriguez); an anthropologist (Tuva Novotny); and a physicist (Tessa Thompson).  Being a biologist, Lena convinces the military to let her join the team, and they all head into the shimmer to see all sorts of oddities with plant and animal life as well as more than a few other surprises.  Annihilation has a good bit of action as well, but it’s more thoughtful than fight-filled.  It gets more than a little trippy as the women try to make sense out of what’s going on.  The film loses me during a way-out-there closure sequence that left me scratching my head even more.  Annihilation is not for everybody and if you want to ponder the meaning of life and what other lifeforms might think of our flora and fauna, this is your film.  Maybe I’ll watch again someday and find more to this film than I have in a first viewing.   But it left me unsatisfied – the ending is just too ambiguous.  I get the desire to want the audience to think and come to their own conclusions.  But Annihilation needs to give its audience more clarity.


TLA one word review: Trippy