Annihilation

Annihilation

DVD - 2018
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Biologist and former soldier Lena is shocked when her missing husband comes home near death from a top-secret mission into The Shimmer, a mysterious quarantine zone from which no one has ever returned. Now, Lena and her elite team must enter a beautiful, deadly world of mutated landscapes and creatures, to discover how to stop the growing phenomenon that threatens all life on Earth.
Publisher: Hollywood, California : Paramount Home Media Distribution, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
Branch Call Number: ANN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (114 minutes) : sound, colour ; 12 cm
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video file,DVD video,region 1

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teemsum
Oct 28, 2018

Slow-moving gory thriller that relies on flashbacks to tell the story.

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Adelheid
Oct 25, 2018

Good and somewhat creepy alien,

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somedude
Oct 25, 2018

The Thing, Alien or Invasion of the Body Snatchers are far superior movies. This just seems to be a refresh with an existential flavor. The pay off was not worth the time invested. Pass on this.

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lukasevansherman
Oct 22, 2018

I can see why this film, based on Jeff VanderMeer's novel, didn't do really well with either critics or audiences (or the spirited commentators on the library site). It's slow, it's weird, and the last 20-30 minutes are nearly as abstract as the end of "2001." For those who like their sci-fi a little obtuse and confusing, "Annihilation" is worth seeking out. The visuals are frequently trippy and striking, the mostly female cast is solid, and director Alex Garland ("Ex Machina") isn't trying to make an easy, accessible film. If you've seen Tarkovsky's baffling "Stalker," you'll get a little bit of any idea what he's trying for. Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Oscar Isaac, and Gina Rodriguez star. The book is part of a trilogy, called "The Southern Reach," but I'd be surprised if they made any more. With only two films, Garland is one of the foremost directors of cerebral sci-fi.

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voisjoe1_0
Oct 22, 2018

You might like this if you like seemingly inexplicable sci-fi horror. Some critics suggest it has deep meaning, but you may have to view several times to determine that meaning.

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sdiblasio
Oct 20, 2018

i think it may have been addressing the issue of adding a fourth strand to DNA.

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Ky68RasK
Oct 19, 2018

An extraterrestrial entity comes to Earth; not to destroy but to create (or re-create) a world.

Certainly grabbed my attention. The place where main character is re-born --a cave -- is meant to suggest a womb, I believe.

It is suggested another Adam and Eve are on their way.

Recommended, definitely.

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mr_chocolate
Oct 18, 2018

An interesting film with surprising ending, or was it? A thoughtful science fiction film that looks at life's primal function, to divide and multiply and to successfully adapt. Found to have credible acting and thoughtful storyline, but did feel somewhat disjointed with the physical aspects, and flashbacks. However, overall was worth the trip and experience.
Fine performances by Natalie Portman (Black Swan: 2010; Thor 2011 & Thor: The Dark World: 2015; and Jackie: 2016), Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez (Deep Water Horizon: 2016; and Ferdinand: 2017), Tuva Novotny, and Oscar Issac (The Promise: 2016; Star Wars: The Last Jedi: 2017).
Also based upon the novel written by Jeff VanderMeer, and directed and screen play credits by Alex Garland ( 28 Days Later: 2002; Dredd: 2012; Ex-Machina: 2014). There was no special features or bonus material on this DVD.

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HarryConnolly
Oct 15, 2018

Loved it. Beautiful and terrifying and moving. A great movie.

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splbibliosucks
Oct 13, 2018

I like Portman in just about anything, but her performance was mediocre in the sucky movie!

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jimg2000
Aug 05, 2018

This quote is not in IMDb:

Lena lectures in Johns Hopkins Med school class:

This is a cell. Like all cells, it is born from an existing cell. And by extension, all cells were ultimately born from one cell. A single organism alone on planet Earth, perhaps alone in the universe. About four billion years ago... one became two, two became four. Then eight, 16, 32. The rhythm of the dividing pair... which becomes the structure of every microbe,
blade of grass, sea creature, land creature... and human. The structure of everything that lives... and everything that dies. As students of medicine, as the doctors of tomorrow, this is where you come in. The cell we're looking at is from a tumor. Female patient, early 30s, taken from the cervix.
Over the course of the next term, we will be closely examining cancer cells
in vitro and discussing autophagic activity.

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jimg2000
Aug 05, 2018

These quote is one of many in IMDb (Thank you!!)

Lena: Why did my husband volunteer for a suicide mission?

Dr Ventress: Is that what you think we're doing? Committing suicide?

Lena: You must have profiled him. You must have assessed him. He must have said something.

Dr Ventress: So you're asking me as a psychologist?

Lena: Yeah.

Dr Ventress: Then, as a psychologist, I think you're confusing suicide with self-destruction. Almost none of us commit suicide, and almost all of us self-destruct. In some way, in some part of our lives. We drink, or we smoke, we destabilize the good job... and a happy marriage. But these aren't decisions, they're... they're impulses. In fact, you're probably better equipped to explain this than I am.

Lena: What does that mean?

Dr Ventress: You're a biologist. Isn't the self-destruction coded into us? Programmed into each cell?

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jimg2000
Aug 05, 2018

These quote is one of many in IMDb:

Kane: I was just looking at the moon. It's always so weird seeing it like that in the daylight.

Lena: Like God made a mistake. Left the hall lights on.

Kane: God doesn't make mistakes. That's... somewhat key to the whole "being a god" thing.

Lena: Pretty sure he does.

Kane: You know he's listening right now, don't you?

Lena: You take a cell, circumvent the Hayflick limit, you can prevent senescence.

Kane: I was about to make the exact same point.

Lena: It means the cell doesn't grow old, it becomes immortal. Keeps dividing, doesn't die. They say aging is a natural process, but it's actually a fault in our genes.

Kane: I get really turned on when you patronize me. It's really hot.

Lena: Without it, I could keep looking like this forever.

Kane: Oh, okay. Well, that could constitute a mistake.

[kisses her]

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