Science-Fiction


Annihilation


MPAA Rating:
R
Genre:
Science-Fiction
Runtime:
115 mins
Stars:
Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez, Oscar Isaac
Director:
Alex Garland
Producer:
Eli Bush, Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich, Scott Rudin

Content at a Glance

2
Sex

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
4
Language

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
5
Violence

Violence

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
1
Drugs

Drugs

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
occasional drinking by secondary characters (i.e., man in bar)
2:
historically accurate use of alcohol and tobacco products
3:
continuous drinking and drug use common throughout
4-5:
drug/alcohol used many times by main character(s) shown in a positive light
×
1
Nudity

Nudity

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
baby’s behind; shirtless men, low cut shirts, short skirts seen occasionally on women
2:
rear nudity that is not suggestive such as skinny dipping from a distance; cleavage
3:
sexually suggestive and revealing clothing or underwear is common throughout
4-5:
frontal nudity
×
0

Other

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

Lead characters that exhibit disrespect for authority, lying, cheating, stealing, illegal activity, witchcraft or sorcery

0:
none
1:
mild-moderate with consequences
2:
moderate poor behavior
3:
moderate-heavy behavior with no consequences
4-5:
extreme portrayals, condoned or excused
×

Sex


a sex scene is shown, but not overtly graphic; kissing between a married couple

Language


"f***"; "sh**"l "da**"; "hell"; "jesus"; "god"

Violence


strong, graphic violence throughout, including shooting, knives, mauling, and creature action

Drugs


women have a beer as they get to know each other

Nudity


some images of shirtless men; implied (but not graphic) female nudity

Other


No Information


Trailer



Synopsis

A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don't apply.


Movie Message

Annihilation, more or less, takes place in what is known as "The Shimmer," a lengthwise stretch of mysterious forest from which no one returns. Lena (Natalie Portman) joins a team of female scientists journeying into The Shimmer with her own agenda of discovering what happened to her husband (Oscar Isaac), who was ill after his return from a top-secret military expedition. What she finds is beyond words and belief; the laws of nature no longer apply, and creation and making anew are shed under a new light.

First of all, Alex Garland's film looks and sounds brilliant, from the careful sound design to the inspired use of outdoor production design. Every detail from the film's craftspeople seems destined to communicate a world that belongs in the time capsule of science fiction imagination; in other words, memorable and beguiling looks at visions and fates of our future.

On a narrative standpoint, viewers will have to wait and see. Confusing yet hypnotic, the film may prove to become a modern 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), but in due time. The final act of the film strays from what we have learned and understood from the first two. This, however, may not necessarily be meaningless. Simply, the film may not be able to be deciphered for some time.

For it's violent content, the film is not approve by Dove.

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