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Movie Review by Rev. Bruce Batchelor-Glader
Annihilation, based loosely on the Nebula Award winning first book in The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer, is writer-director Alex Garland’s second attempt at deep thinking science fiction, following 2014’s Ex Machina.
As the film begins, a ball of fire that appears to be a meteor hits a lighthouse and creates a strange phenomenon that is called Area X, a mysterious and slowly expanding region of strange vegetation and stranger animal life. Teams of male scientists have been sent in to investigate the area working out of the government’s Southern Reach facility. Area X is separated by a translucent and penetrable wall that is called The Shimmer. No radio signals have been received from the exploration parties. There have been no survivors with the exception of …