Annihilation Review: In depth and with spoilers

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The latest science fiction thriller by the extraordinary Alex Garland is definitely not going to be for everyone. It is a massive risk taker whose results will enchant or alienate any that watch it. This review is for those who have watched it, so you can either relive the experience, or perhaps see why some critics and viewers are obsessed with what is being called a very different film. Here is my take on Annihilation, and why it is sensational. Of course, be aware that there are fully descriptive spoilers ahead.

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More Annihilation Tidbits

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This is the “Annihilation” week in Natland, and we have a few more news about Alex Garland’s film…

-Here are a few more great stills and behind the scenes images of the movie:

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People Magazine

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Natalie and Gina Rodriguez star in a great photo for the last issue of People Magazine, on the occasion of the Annihilation release, the film by Alex Garland. Enjoy:

Annihilation Opens Today

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Annihilation opens today in 2,012 theaters in the USA and Canada. If you are a North American fan of Natalie, you should not miss the opportunity to see this movie in theaters. It’s without a doubt a unique experience. We await your opinions in the comments section. While we wait for it, we have a new featurette and a film clip:

Netflix Poster & Trailer for Annihilation

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For all of us who live outside of North America and China, our only chance to see Annihilation is on Netflix. Today, the well-known streaming platform has become official the film’s release date (March 12), and has launched a new poster and trailer. Here they are:

Annihilation: First Reviews

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The embargo is over, and finally we have the first Annihilation reviews, and they are mostly great!

Variety: Alex Garland follows up ‘Ex Machina’ with a visually stunning, imagination-tickling sci-fi thriller in which Natalie Portman investigates an extra-terrestrial threat

The Hollywood Reporter: “Scary and beautiful”

IndieWire: Annihilation’ Review: Natalie Portman Stars in a Stunning Sci-Fi Thriller From the Director of ‘Ex Machina’

The Guardian: Natalie Portman thriller leaves a haunting impression

USA Today: ‘Annihilation’ shines as an ambitious, if freaky, sci-fi treat

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Tidbits

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There are three days left for the North American release of Annihilation. The embargo of the written reviews will end tomorrow and there will be several advanced screenings throughout the country as well. While we wait for all this, we have a few tidbits…

Buzzfeed has an extensive interview with Natalie, in which she discusses Annihilation, Hollywood’s Time’s Up revolution, learning from Reese Witherspoon, and her regret over signing the Roman Polanski petition nine years ago:

You signed the Roman Polanski petition after he was arrested in Switzerland in 2009. How do you feel about that now?

NP: I very much regret it. I take responsibility for not thinking about it enough. Someone I respected gave it to me, and said, “I signed this. Will you too?” And I was like, sure. It was a mistake. The thing I feel like I gained from it is empathy towards people who have made mistakes. We lived in a different world, and that doesn’t excuse anything. But you can have your eyes opened and completely change the way you want to live. My eyes were not open.

Film Journal has also an interesting interview with Natalie and director Alex Garland about the film.

-Finally, this tweet seems to indicate that Natalie has finally started to shoot Vox Lux.

Time Off Magazine

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Natalie is on the cover of Time Off magazine, which includes in its next issue an interview with the cast of Annihilation. Here is the cover and after the jump, the article and a behind the scenes photo:

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LA Times Article on Annihilation

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Los Angeles Times has an excellent article/interview with Natalie, Tessa Thompson and Gina Rodriguez about the film. It comes with a couple of great photos of them:

Annihilation Tidbits

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Natalie will be at the Jimmy Kimmel Show tonight, in what is the culmination of the Annihilation promotion before beginning the filming of Vox Lux. While we wait for the US release next week, here we have more tidbits about the movie…

-Rob Hardy, director of photography of the film, has published in the instagram of the BSC a great photo taken during the shooting of one of the key scenes in London:

-Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow will release Annihilation score next week, and here we can listen to some of the themes of the film.

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Annihilation Premiere Videos

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We saw stunning photos of the Annihilation Premiere yesterday. Today we have a couple of great videos with interviews on the red carpet:

Annihilation Premiere

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Natalie has attended the Premiere of Annihilation at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood, California, tonight. She joined Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tuva Novotny, director Alex Garland and Jeff VanderMeer, among others. These are the first photos of the event:

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New Annihilation Clips

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We started the week with three new Annihilation video clips. Keep in mind that they may contain spoilers…

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Annihilation Press Junket

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There has been a press junket of Annihilation at Four Seasons Hotel in LA today, with the assistance of Natalie, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez, Oscar Isaac, director Alex Garland and writer Jeff VanderMeer. Here we have a first video interview of her, and a couple of instagram stories photos:

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Annihilation Behind the Scenes Videos

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After a long wait, we can finally see a lot of behind-the-scenes videos of Alex Garland´s film, featuring several interviews with the cast and crew. Enjoy:

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Annihilation Tidbits

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As the release approaches, the news about Alex Garland’s upcoming film accumulates. We have some of them, in the form of Tidbits:

-Natalie and Oscar Isaac will be at the Jimmy Kimmel Live Show in two different days, promoting the movie. Considering that the premiere will be held next Tuesday, and that Natalie will also be at the Ellen Show on Wednesday, we will have an intense week…

-A new TV spot has launched today, it´s titled “their mission”:

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New Annihilation Clip & Stills

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The first critic reactions on Annihilation can not be more positive. While we wait for the release of the film in a couple of weeks, we finally have a new clip and a few more stills of the movie with Natalie, the rest of the cast, director Alex Garland and writer of the book Jeff VanderMeer:

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Annihilation: First Reactions

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It seems that there has been a press screening of the film tonight, with the assistance of Alex Garland. Although the written reviews remain embargoed, here we have the first twitter reactions of the attendees, and they seem to be mostly positive:

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Tidbits

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News are happening quickly, so it’s time for some Tidbits…

-Saturday Night Live has released a hilarious Cut-for-time skit, starring Natalie. Here we have it:

-By the way, they have a brand new poster of Stranger Things, season 3 in its instagram … with Natalie as “Eleven”:

More after the jump…

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Annihilation: “Evolution” Spot

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Paramount YouTube channel has a new video from Alex Garland’s film, with some new scenes and images. This spot will air during Natalie’s SNL return tonight:

After the jump, there are some great screen captures:

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