What I am Watching: Annihilation

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Annihilation in movie theaters now.

Lena, a biologist and former soldier, joins a mission to uncover what happened to her husband inside Area X – a sinister and mysterious phenomenon that is expanding across the American coastline. Once inside, the expedition discovers a world of mutated landscape and creatures, as dangerous as it is beautiful, that threatens both their lives and their sanity.

Based on Jeff VanderMeer’s best-selling Southern Reach Trilogy, Annihilation stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny and Oscar Isaac.

It was written and directed by Alex Garland (Ex Machina, 28 Days Later). 

Okay, so I went and saw this movie.  I was eager.  Excited and ready to watch it.

Thirty minutes in I wanted to shoot everyone in the film.  Natalie Portman is supposed to be ex-military.  She is already secretive, and gets more so during the movie.  However, many of decisions made by the characters are stupid, especially since they know they are dealing with an extra -terrestrial life form.  I won’t say that self-preservation is primary to human nature, when most of these characters have death wishes.

The movie, although visually stunning, appeals the eyes but not to the grey matter.

Look forward to hearing your thoughts on this movie.