August Keller


Annihilation is a movie so ambitious and fabricated with such detail, it must be celebrated. From its grand themes to its petrifying atmosphere, Annihilation is an illumination that takes its audience to parts unknown. The literal, psychological and spiritual are seamlessly woven together through elite writing, direction and editing. Like a true sci-fi, this film takes its time to carefully build its characters, environment and subtext while submerging its viewers in visuals that won’t soon be forgotten. Some may question moments of overdone acting or unclear writing but, when dealing with a project this purposeful, those complaints can be excused.

Annihilation truly excels because it’s intention is unwavering. The slow pace, dramatic scoring and detailed effects are all geared towards the common cause of immersing its audience into an alien land, making the bizarre familiar. Not only does this create an electric experience but it also contributes to the overall message of the film. In the end, everything comes together so masterfully that Annihilation is indisputably a triumph. From elite shot selection to unforgettable sound, Annihilation is one of the better movies around this year.

Writing: 9/10
Direction: 9/10
Cinematography: 10/10
Acting: 8/10
Editing: 10/10
Sound: 10/10
Score/Soundtrack: 10/10
Production Design: 9/10
Casting: 9/10

Effects: 9/10

Overall Score: 9.2/10

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