REVIEW: Annihilation hindered by a flimsy third act

Annihilation is the type of frustrating film that presents so much potential, and squanders it during the big reveal.

This female-led sci-fi picture is impeccable in its casting, but director Gareth Edwards fails to provide proper closure to an evolving story.

Based on the novel series Southern Reach, it revolves around a group of female scientists and mercenaries who go into a mutated environment to search for a missing crew.

As they’re stalked by incredible, terrifying forces, they try to fight off paranoia and fear, as they attempt to come to the truth about what happened.

It’s an involving thriller with great performances from the quintet of women.

Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriquez, Tuva Novotny, and Tessa Thompson are all incredible, and own the screen.

It’s too bad a cop out ending neither explains the film or gives a satisfying conclusion to this otherwise masterful work.

3/5 Stars

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