Highly Suspect Reviews: Annihilation | One of Us

Highly Suspect Reviews: Annihilation

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When Natalie Portman’s husband (Oscar Issac) goes missing for a year and then mysteriously appears and collapses in critical condition, she’s all like WTF? And then when on the way to the hospital, they are stopped and dragged into some kinda weirdo military outpost on the border of a strange shimmery wall, she’s like 2xWTF? Turns out, alien stuff from space happened, no one knows whats on the other side of the shimmer wall because everyone who goes in never comes out, oh, except her husband…and he’s both dying and can’t remember a thing. So what’s a girl to do except team up with some other ladies with nothing to lose and head into the unknown.

Based on the multiple award-winning novel by Jeff VanderMeer, screenwriter/director Alex Garland apparently very much went his own way on this one, pleasing some, displeasing others, and in general causing consternation (apparently). Only one of our crew read it and he wasn’t a fan. And I wouldn’t say he was really a fan of the movie either. But we had seven people on this and seven different opinions. Listen to Chris, Beau, Elliott, Lara, Miguel, Zach, and JC give their takes on the film, and then a lengthy, and very necessary, full spoiler discussion.

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Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free, by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal”, turned into a full time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site Spill.com, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you.