Movie review by Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media
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age 17+

Twisted horror has full-frontal nudity, disturbing themes.

R 2022 100 minutes

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age 17+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 16+

Based on 11 reviews

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age 17+

A creepy allegory that takes a hard left turn in its final moments

I am a big fan of Annihilation and not so much of Ex Machina. In general I was looking forward to this Alex Garland film and I was not disappointed in its creepiness and its aggressive relationship with nature. The last 20 minutes of the film feel a bit out of left field, but I think I understand the metaphor. However I wonder who the audience is for this film. Garland's commentary on patriarchy and masculinity feels heavy throughout the film, but I wonder if the title of the film is a clue as to who he made it for. Seeing a woman in so much distress and survive so much abuse only to see it be continuously replicated does not feel like a discovery that I hadn't already come to on my own living life. Of course Kinnear deserves praise for portraying different examples of "every guy" and I found that trope both convincing, creepy and occasionally too on the nose.

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