Movie Review: Annihilation

It’s not destroying… It’s making something new.

Annihilation is the second movie by director Alex Garland and it’s based on a novel by Jeff Vandermeer. It stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Oscar Isaac.

Natalie Portman is a biologist who signs up on a mission to investigate the shimmer, a mysterious area where the laws of nature don’t apply.


 

The Good

One way to describe this film is it’s depressingly beautiful, the movie starts of with a scene depicting the events that lead up to the creation of the shimmer and once we get into the meat of the movie and our characters get into the shimmer it’s vibrant and colourful setting is wondrous to look at. Giving us a well used visual effects that benefits the movie tremendously.

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Our leads are also good with Natalie Portman leading them, you understand their motivation as to why they want to carry out this mission. The true beauty of the film however is it’s story elements, this is a thinking person’s sci-fi and it allows the viewers to fill in the blanks. Alex Garland, who directed Ex Machina, once again created a science fiction that allows it’s audience to soak in what they’re watching and leaves them to ponder afterwards.


The Bad

This movie is a slow burn which means we get plenty of slow moving scenes with very quiet dialogue. Also being a smart sci-fi movie I can see plenty of people being bored by this and not understanding what the movie is about and it’s completely fine.


Rating

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Though not as intriguing or fascinating as Ex Machina, Annihilation is still a solid sci-fi flick there’s a good mixture of suspense and mystery as well as some touches of horror. At times it’s beautiful but sometimes it’s disturbing, the visual effects were used to great effect and the acting is decent. This might not be some people’s cup of tea but if you like thinking science fiction movie this might be for you.

Good Bad 3.8/5
    • The Shimmer
    • Natalie Portman
    • Great Visuals
    • Slow Pace
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TV Show Review: 13 Reasons Why

It has to get better. The way we treat each other and look out for each other. It has to get better somehow.

13 Reasons Why is based on a best selling book by Jay Asher. It stars Katherine Langford, Dylan Minnette, Kate Walsh, and more.

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When Clay receives 13 cassette tapes containing a voice recording of his former classmate Hannah, depicting 13 reasons why she killed herself. He stops at nothing to uncover the truth about her suicide and confront those all who’re involved.


The Good

13 Reasons is a very powerful show with a very heavy message. One of the best things about this show is how they handled topics such as suicide, depression, bullying, drug-abuse but more importantly sexual abuse. The show doesn’t dance around the topic but rather tackle it head on.

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The actors/actresses are mostly new names and with the exception of some they are still great overall. This is an impressively acted show and with a heavy theme the cast did an incredible job in their roles.

The best thing in the show however, is it’s story. The way it was told and the way it draws the viewer in, the pacing of it all was well executed. The show tackles some very dark themes but as a viewer it keeps you wanting to know more and makes you look forward to each episode right until the very end.


The Bad

There are very little complaints, and they are minor, but the show becomes inconsistent at times. With one strong issue being brought up with one episode, yet it never fully gets dealt with until three episodes later. Or how some characters, behaved at the beginning of the series despite the situation they’re in.

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The music can become overbearing at times and it becomes distracting. Especially on certain scenes where a viewer should be heavily affected. The music mostly consist of indie songs, unfortunately majority of these didn’t mesh well with as the show progresses.


Rating

Overall 13 Reasons Why is an incredibly powerful show, a viewer has to be in a certain mindset to get through some of the episodes as it gets disturbing. However with the importance of the message they’re telling here, it’ll help to pay full attention to it when watching.

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The cast is incredibly diverse and that’s one thing the show should be credited on as it worked in their favor. It really captured what it feels like when you were in high school.

As mentioned the show tackles topics such as suicide, depression, substance abuse and sexual abuse and unless you’re willing to face the harsh reality about these topics, you shouldn’t watch it. But with a very powerful message it’s encouraged that, apart from kids, everyone should check this out.

Good Bad 4.5/5
  • Powerful Message
  • Amazing Cast
  • Well Told Story
  • Minor Inconsistencies
  • Music

And if you are someone who’s going through similar hardships depicted in this show, you are not alone and there are people willing to help and it’s important to call for help. Likewise if you know someone who’s going through something, be there for that person the smallest things can help a person’s life.