What Is It:

So the box office overlooked Annihilation, but you shouldn’t do that. Ex Machina director Alex Garland delivers an artsy sci-fi thriller that will leave you enthralled and puzzled at the same time. Visually spectacular, Annihilation is a blend of films such as Predator and Arrival with a whole lot of stylized visuals and scientific concepts.


Natalie Portman stars as a biologist that goes on the hunt for answers to her husband’s mysterious mission that took place inside ‘The Shimmer’, a quarantined portal to another world that’s full of mystical phenomenons. The husband is played by a Garland favorite, Oscar Isaac.


This is a one-of-a-kind movie in its own merit. It blends together exciting elements of sci-fi and horror with the mystery and tension of thriller. Annihilation is one of those films that will surely have you buzzing and talking about after you leave the theater. If you’re looking to have a WTF reaction that blows your mind (in a good way), then this is a movie you must see. I’m still debating in my head and with friends what I saw and what it all means. Garland certainly manages to incorporate some real themes and messages into the movie that are happening societally. See if you can figure them out for yourself.

Verdict: This film is certainly unique and thought provoking. I can’t say it in any other way besides, GO SEE IT!

Bonus Features:


  • Feature film in high definition
  • Bonus Content:
    • Part 1 – SOUTHERN REACH
      • Refractions – See how director Alex Garland created the tone, textures and color palettes for the various film environments on set.
      • For Those That Follow – Listen to the cast’s perspective on their roles and learn why they found the story so intriguing.
    • Part 2 – AREA X
      • Shimmer – See how filmmakers transformed real set locations to create the world of Annihilation.
      • Vanished into Havoc – Check out all the action as cast and crew walk you through the mind-blowing stunts and special effects.
    • Part 3 – TO THE LIGHTHOUSE
      • Unfathomable Mind – Learn why the visual effects are integral to achieving director Alex Garland’s overall vision for Annihilation.
      • The Last Phase – Listen to the cast and crew share their fondest memories from filming Annihilation.

ANNIHILATION is out now on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital 


Written by Jim Alexander

Jim Alexander hails from Chicago where he started his journalism career as a film critic and founder of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle (CIFCC). He's a Rotten Tomatoes approved critic. Jim founded Reel Talker as a platform to share his love of movies and entertainment. Jim's favorite part of being a journalist is getting to meet and interview actors, filmmakers and entertainers. Jim is a host and on-camera personality for AfterBuzz TV. Aside from his work with Reel Talker, he's the site owner of the Bachelor Universe website, where he recaps and talks about all this ABC's 'The Bachelor'. He also runs the Reel Talker Podcast that can be found on iTunes. In his free time he enjoys attending sports events and playing in recreational leagues. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

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