Thursday, February 23, 2023

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

Lena: Why did my husband volunteer for a suicide mission?
Dr Ventress: Is that what you think we're doing? Committing suicide?
Lena: You must have profiled him. You must have assessed him. He must have said something.
Dr Ventress: So you're asking me as a psychologist?
Lena: Yeah.
Dr Ventress: Then, as a psychologist, I think you're confusing suicide with self-destruction. Almost none of us commit suicide, and almost all of us self-destruct. In some way, in some part of our lives. We drink, or we smoke, we destabilize the good job... and a happy marriage. But these aren't decisions, they're... they're impulses. In fact, you're probably better equipped to explain this than I am.
Lena: What does that mean?
Dr Ventress: You're a biologist. Isn't the self-destruction coded into us? Programmed into each cell?
A happy 5 to Alex Garland's flawed I think but fascinating Annihilation, which is stuffed to the mutated gills with interesting ideas and visuals and performances -- I'm not entirely sure it all works, but it's more thrilling than 90% of the junk we're force-fed so I'll take it! I've watched the movie a few times over the past five years and there's always something new to glom onto. Although the bear, the goddamned nightmare bear -- that always works. Cocaine Bear wishes!


MinDC said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this movie! I occasionally watch the bear scene on YouTube, and it still terrifies me; the sound it makes is horrifying.

Anonymous said...

A great, underrated movie, if only for the visuals and the sound. Garland's movie Ex Machina is also terrific.

Unknown said...

Garland is making some really interesting movies. I agree that Annihilation maybe didn’t quite add up but it captured the story it was based on perfectly, when I read it I thought it would be REALLY hard to film. Ex Machina was one of the best films of the year, for sure.

Anonymous said...

Annihilation is basically a remake of John Carpenters The Thing from 1982. Sure there are differences, but overall it's the same story.