Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Amazing but challenging, violent sci-fi isn't for everyone.

R 2018 115 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 29 reviews

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age 17+

Challenging fever dream, not remotely appropriate for non-adults

This is a brilliantly mind-bending trip of a movie for the right adults. It is cerebral, almost psychedelic film that will appeal more to fans of sci-fi literature than modern sci-fi blockbusters. If you have a tough stomach and enjoy somewhat ambiguous, big-idea, psychological, perspective-altering weirdness — there is a LOT to love here. That said, it is unsparingly, unquestionably, hyper-radically NOT for the squeamish, and is definitely not for children—including most teenagers. I'm a 37 year old with a moderate level of exposure to on-screen violence. I don't have the constitution for the horror genre, but I don't shy away from the darker corners of most other genre fare. There are several scenes in this movie that haunted me for weeks. The film leaves a heavy impression that takes time to shake. While I loved it, I don't know if I could watch it again. Frankly (violence and sex scenes aside) I would recommend this with carefully targeted consideration anyway. Despite the recognizable cast, it's essentially an art-house film; one that will be enjoyed only by the most challenge-ready, open-minded viewer who can find enjoyment in dark think pieces more interested in concepts than characters.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
age 13+

the most unique movie i’ve ever seen

at first glance annihilation is just like any other sci fi movie, the three acts seem like 3 completely different genres of film woven together by a narrative that is revealed while we jump through different points in time. the pacing is incredible, the score is beautiful and the set design is phenomenal. overall it’s just a really beautiful depiction of the destruction of humanity and you should watch it if you can, i promise you won’t stop thinking about it for days. that said it’s not for the faint of heart, i do think some reviews overestimate the amount of gore in this movie, there was only one point i really had to look away and for a moderately gorey movie all of the gore was justified for the sake of the plot. there is some sex but again, it’s very justified and very well executed. if you do get the chance to watch this movie, examine it through a philosophical lens, i think if you watch it as a sci-fi thriller you’re likely to end it thinking “what was the point?” but watching it as a story about a marriage and humanity you understand so much more.

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