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Post from @DailyMovieSketch
Annihilation (2018)Directed by Alex GarlandAfter coming to attention as a writer ("28 Days Later", "Dredd"), Alex Garland made a terrific directorial debut with "Ex Machina". I was therefore eagerly waiting to see his latest effort, "Annihilation". The movie got a theatrical release in the US, but was distributed by Netflix in other countries (apparently the studio got cold feet, thinking that a deliberate science fiction movie led by a mostly female cast may not be very commercial). I'm happy to have seen it either way, as it's a really good movie.The story concerns a team of scientists who go into an area called The Shimmer, a literally shimmering zone with strange properties. The Shimmer started with a meteorite crash, and has been expanding, threatening to annihilate life on earth as we know it.I loved the movie, I thought it was very well made, with a good blend of science fiction and horror elements. I was reminded of "Lost", Michael Crichton's "Sphere", and possibly even "Arrival" and "2001". All of those are very different works of course, but some aspects of this movie evolve similar reactions as those others.The acting, cinematography are all great, the story is engaging, and there are some genuinely unsettling moments (one scene with a bear creature in particular). Highly recommended. I drew Natalie Portman as Lena from the movie. Like the previous two drawings, this was also drawn with 0.5mm 2B pencil on Brustro sketchbook and scanned, and is also the size of a ₹2coin. I actually did all three drawings on the same page.All three movies ("A Quiet Place", "Rangasthalam", and this) are very good ones that I saw recently, and all of them have had a lot of effort put into them, are almost personal works by the respective filmmakers, at least, definitely not the regular cookie cutter fare.#335 / 11-Apr-18#ANNIHILATION #natalieportman #DailyMovieSketch #netflix
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