The writer-director of this movie previously did Ex Machina. That movie was about what it means to be conscious, what it means to be alive and experience life. Annihilation tries to be cerebral in the same way with different questions. Those questions being, is there an end goal for life, does life and change want something, what makes a person themselves.
You will see a lot of people talk about how pretty this movie looks. This is an undeniable fact, the movie is gorgeous. it takes time for the movie to really reach its visual heights, but it gets there. With some really amazing imagery, it is no wonder the visuals are a focus of discussion surrounding the movie. I, on the other hand, will acknowledge it and move on to something more important.
Cohesive storytelling is more important than telling an interesting story. If a story makes sense and flows nicely, then the only thing you can complain about is it not being interesting. Annihilation doesn't really have any of these things. It doesn't flow and is not that interesting. In an attempt to be thought-provoking and mysterious, the story seems jumbled with no real cohesion. It's not very interesting and only becomes so towards the end where it digs itself a deeper hole. There are so many plot holes in this movie it's ridiculous. I can't list them because they are spoilers, but it breaks the movie if you try to rationalize them.
The last thing I want to touch on is acting. Everyone does a good enough job, no one deserves an award for their acting abilities. There is one character that just delivered her lines so charismatically that it really hurt the whole movie. It was probably a character choice but comes off like they are not even acting.
Stay away from this movie. I know that it is on Netflix for anyone not in the US or China, do not watch this thing. Even though The Cloverfield Paradox is not that good, watch that over this if you want to watch a Sci-fi movie. This movie really is bad.
3/10 This is what happens when you don't take studio notes