Fritz Lewis’s review published on Letterboxd:
"Almost nobody commits suicide, but almost everybody self-destructs in one way or another."
Last time I saw this film, I said it was like Tarkovsky (referring to Mirror & Solaris) meets 2001 and more.
I think the last 30 minutes or so after the whole plant thing and Lena reaching the lighthouse fucking broke cinema; new boundaries.
Many others have agreed, and many others have disagreed.
But most importantly, many people have disregarded the films flaws and imperfections in place of its mind-boggling finale, which has been cast aside, for people finding it too 'non-sensical' or by just looking up analyses, for example.
Then it gets discredited for being anything original, dazzling, or smart-- because people look it up or look past it.
You couldn't do that 40-50 years ago, and then claim to be a genius for googling someone else's opinion.
Today, it's way too common, and it causes something like Annihilation to go mostly under the radar.
Mostly for other reasons... but I'm still trying to make a point.
If Annihilation came out in 1968, it'd be a classic.
If 2001 came out today, people would mostly dismiss it.
Both of those films aside, I think the biggest flaw is the medium itself.
Film, cinema, however you want to see it has pretty much been squeezed inside and out.
People aren't blown away by anything anymore, and they probably never will be again, advertisement insert reviews aside. Most shock is derived from something similar we've already seen.
It's a fault with the medium.
I think Annihilation absolutely re-invigorated sci-fi, and was pain-stakingly original and stunning.
From the bear scene to the entirety of the last act.
Past some of its character and storytelling faults and and stupidity, and the at times annoying expositional layering,
This film also made me feel much more saddened the second time.
It really is a film about people's, or one's own self-destruction.
Through the dullness in their lives to their self-hatred and indifference towards others and their relationships; the pain and futility of them.
From the division of the cells, the stillness of the water, the ripples and refractions of the shimmer, etc. - the film captures this metaphor extremely beautifully and truthfully, and I think it's a genius film.
We push away others, and destroy ourselves, by literally pressing ourselves up against its only exit until we suffocate from it.
But is this self-destruction our key to survival?
Does it create another version of ourselves that brings us out of our bad dreams and spirit?
Is it necessary, or will it lead to even further cancer down the line?
At the end, it doesn't matter whether or not the Lena we see is real.
She already created infidelity amongst herself.
She already lied to herself and others to get them killed.
She burned the lighthouse down.
We just must ask ourselves if this annihilation into something new is something worth doing, the good and the bad...
A changed person: mentally, physically, and emotionally.
They are one person.
They are two alone.
They are three together.
They are four for each other.