mtl Movie Reviews by The Dove Foundation



MPAA Rating: R
Genre: Science-Fiction
Runtime: 115 minutes
Starring: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez, Oscar Isaac
Director: Alex Garland
Not Dove Family Approved

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: None

Faith: None

Integrity: None


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

Dove Review

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.


Not Dove Family Approved

Back to Movie Listings  |  © The Dove Foundation – All Rights Reserved