I am kicking myself for watching this movie before reading the Southern Reach trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer, the series for which the movie is based. But, to be honest, it is so far down my “want to read” list I may be 80 before I get to it & I really wanted to watched this movie. And it wasn’t too bad.
Natalie Portman plays Lena, a biologist that is pulled into an expedition with four other women into Area X, an area of land that is preceded by a shimmering “wall” & the laws of nature do not apply. Lena & the rest of the team are investigating what happened to her husband & his team inside Area X.
It’s a science fiction film, so it isn’t scary in the classic horror sense, but the mutated landscape they discover is unnerving & the creatures they encounter are terrifying. The creature that resembles something of a bear is serious nightmare fuel. That will be my only spoiler.
Annihilation was entertaining & the world beyond the shimmer was beautiful in an unsettling way. It isn’t the greatest movie, but it did keep me off my phone, so that deserves a solid rating from me.