DVD - 2018 | Widescreen version
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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, [2018]
Edition: Widescreen version
Copyright Date: ©2018
Branch Call Number: DVD A SF/FANTASY
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (114 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1
video file,DVD video,region 1
Alternative Title: Annihilation (Motion picture)


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This movie is based on the Southern Reach trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer, and shares the name of the first book in the series. Annihilation is a deep, if somewhat abstract, dive into human nature, biology, and identity. Although I believe the book was more interesting, I felt Natalie Portman did a st... Read More »

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Jul 06, 2020

A good film to watch during these times.
COVID 2020

May 11, 2020

We love the Annihilation mutant bear. We love when it screams like a human, don't we folks?

Apr 02, 2020

I found this to be one of the most memorable movies I've seen. It is strange and confusing and at times frightening, but never boring. I loved that the team was made up entirely of women, and that each and every one of them is realistic and unique and complex. They aren't decorated or made to look attractive. The mind behind the creation of this story was a creative one, and I think it's an excellent movie for when you're seeking something unlike what you normally watch.

Dec 30, 2019

Meh. Just watch the start, keep fast forwarding until closer to the end.

Dec 16, 2019

An interesting movie, the images and settings great. It'd been wondeful if the ending was different, as the whole "enemy hidden within, to continue on" thing is old hat, surely something more interesting could have been done? I do like that the alien entity didn't appear to have a specific ambition, only just navigating its own existence and discovery of its new circumstances and contact(s) made.

Dec 02, 2019

Hmmm... Definitely some poor language but not excessive. Weird, and jumps around a bit.

Oct 23, 2019

If you are a thinker, and enjoy movies which are beautiful and visual, this is a great movie.

Oct 12, 2019

At times scary, then visceral and some slow boring drama however, real life & genetic mutation is slow too. Great ending!

Aug 26, 2019

What's the point? Forget this drivel.

Aug 16, 2019

Annoying because some parts are good and others have you going, WTF? Dumb ending; but enjoyed the motif of doubling (noticed how often the camera isolates the subject inside double lines.)

Not really a thriller; more a 'see what we can do with CGI'er."

PC (spoiler) alert: 1) man giving up his life so woman can come back and engage in romantic relationship with another man, so, as usual, keep opening up options for women while keeping options the same for men. 2) women easily lifting backpacks that in real life would be, like, heavy.

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Aug 16, 2019

"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Laos " (?)

The name of the book Lena reads as she and her husband (Oscar Isaac) sit before the (depressingly generic) fireplace.

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.

Aug 05, 2018

This 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?

Aug 05, 2018

This 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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