‘Annihilation’ directed by Alex Garland

A review by Mike Brooks

‘Where is the dividing line between human and animal?’ | Photo: Still image from Annihilation.

This sci-fi thriller provokes serious spiritual questions about the interdependent nature of human life and the ecosystem. The story in a nutshell: an object from space smashes into a remote part of the US coastline, triggering an ecological event in which an area of swampland is colonised by a mysterious force, cordoned off by an iridescent wall of light. None who have ventured into the area have come out alive. The movie follows the tribulations of the latest investigation into the area by a team of soldiers and scientists led by Lena, played by Natalie Portman.

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