Alex Garland’s adaptation of “Annihilation” creates a world of wonder.
Powerful is the film that doesn’t spoon feed everything to its audience, especially when it comes to science fiction. That’s why writer/director Alex Garland is such an expert in the genre. In his adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s novel “Annihilation”, the filmmaker tells the story of a science expedition, led by a cellular biologist (Natalie Portman), investigating an alien force that is changing people and the environment that come into contact with it. Is this a form of evolution or eco-terrorism? Can it be controlled? And are the human/alien hybrids being created something to laud or fear? Garland answers some queries, but he also ensures his film keeps you thinking long after the credits have rolled.