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Movie description
Overview -Lush with a visual beauty and sense of wonder that hypnotizes the audience, Alex Garland's Annihilation is a thought-provoking sci-fi drama exploring our innate self-destructive behavior in light of humanity's possible extinction. The film crash lands on 4K Ultra HD with a lovely Dolby Vision HDR presentation, an awesomely immersive Dolby Atmos soundtrack and a strong set of supplements, making the overall package Highly Recommended.

Based on the novel of the same name by Jeff VanderMeer, Annihilation is a gorgeously mesmerizing sci-fi film lush with a visual beauty and sense of wonder that hypnotizes the audience. At its center is a mystery circling five women determining the origins and purpose of an alien species that crashed near the Gulf of Mexico coast, creating a strangely colorful and translucent electromagnetic field dubbed "The Shimmer." Previous expeditions into the mysteriously beautiful dome have failed, and scientists have discovered it is growing and will continue to do so until it consumes the entire planet. In other words, as suggested by the title, the film is essentially about an impending apocalypse, making it one of the most visually stunning and captivating movies about the end of the world. But as is also implied by where the aliens crashed — the Gulf of Mexico is ground zero for another asteroid impact that caused a massive worldwide extinction event 66 million years ago — there is more to humanity's annihilation than beauty.
One of the more unique and haunting aspects of the film, the latest feature from Ex Machina creator Alex Garland, is the extraterrestrial visitors going against the norm. The plot is not the typical alien invasion flick where little green men with hostile, malevolent intentions obliterate the planet in a some enormous, CGI-infested spectacle. As described by cellular biology professor Lena (Natalie Portman), the foreign invader is more like a cancerous growth without any knowledge of right or wrong or possess a specific objective, but it rapidly adapts to its host environment recombining and merging — or more like evolving — all life at the DNA level into something new. Touching on one of many of the film's underlying, thought-provoking themes, the invasion is not about ending life but rather, about producing more; less about destroying it and more of drawing a deeper connection and uniting the planet as one life. However, as is the obvious case, and which has been repeated throughout Earth's history, new life comes unfortunately from the extinction of another.

This idea spreads and proliferates to perhaps what could be argued as the plot's central poignant theme: self-destruction. At one point, Lena and psychologist Dr. Ventress (Jennifer Jason Leigh) plunge into more shrewdly pensive conversations about our innate propensity to undermine our own happiness, a possibly inborn — and very much unconscious — desire to sabotage one's own best interests. And we see this idea explored further while, not coincidentally, exploring both the mystery of the "Shimmer" as well as the lives of the women, such as Ventress, who is actually dying of cancer, volunteering for this mission because she's lost all hope. Paramedic Anya (Gina Rodriguez) is a recovering addict while anthropologist Cass Sheppard (Tuva Novotny) continues bearing the loss of her daughter. Of more interest are physicist Josie (Tessa Thompson) cutting herself to feel alive and Lena grappling with the weight of her failed marriage. Tough and strong-willed as they are, each woman arrives with a tragedy that seems to attract them to a seemingly suicidal mission into the "Shimmer."
As the plot progresses, journeying towards a single point where the asteroid crashed into a lighthouse — a not so subtle metaphor referred to as the singularity — the various ideas explored by Garland converge into a bizarre clash that leaves more questions in need of further scrutiny, which frankly can't be discussed without also spoiling it. Beyond the dazzling visual design and the spectacularly sumptuous photography of Rob Hardy (Testament of Youth,Mission: Impossible – Fallout),Annihilation is about the conversations and the specific details mentioned. What characters say are seeds planted into the viewer's mind and allowed to grow without a clear purpose or end-goal, much like the "Shimmer" itself, such as pointing out our protagonists are not only women but scientists or Lena's infinity-shaped ouroboros tattoo. Personally, I continue to be fascinated by an alien species that doesn't mean harm but simply driven by survival and its own genetic makeup. Can its inherent desire to live defeat humanity's instinctive drive for self-destruction?

Info Blu-ray
Codec: HEVC / H.265
Resolution: Native 4K (2160p)
HDR: Dolby Vision + HDR10
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

English: Dolby Atmos
English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
French (Canada): Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kbps)

English, English SDH, French, Spanish

00:00:00.000 : en:Chapter 1
00:05:09.309 : en:Chapter 2
00:11:39.156 : en:Chapter 3
00:17:06.692 : en:Chapter 4
00:24:08.655 : en:Chapter 5
00:28:59.446 : en:Chapter 6
00:37:24.242 : en:Chapter 7
00:41:59.517 : en:Chapter 8
00:49:11.448 : en:Chapter 9
00:56:06.404 : en:Chapter 10
01:03:22.298 : en:Chapter 11
01:10:25.012 : en:Chapter 12
01:17:21.928 : en:Chapter 13
01:22:20.477 : en:Chapter 14
01:30:26.295 : en:Chapter 15
01:38:48.589 : en:Chapter 16
01:43:58.357 : en:Chapter 17
01:48:14.279 : en:Chapter 18

File size: 48.41 GB
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