Annihilation Review “Trippy, but beautiful”

Annihilation posterNetflix is known for releasing some pretty impressive stuff. 2018 was the year that the first Netflix film was nominated for an Oscar. It seems they are continuing with their aim of producing quality content, with the recent release of their original film, Annihilation.

Annihilation follows Lena (Natalie Portman), a biologist who signs up for a secret expedition following the disappearance of her husband (Oscar Isaac).

First of all: this movie is brilliant. It’s a lingering, static kind of movie, one which blows your mind and makes you think of nothing else for days after. It, much like the Shimmer it is centred around, encompasses everything, drawing the watcher into a deeper state of unrest and curiosity with each passing minute. Continue reading

Mute review “Unnecessarily quiet”

Mute movie posterIt is likely that many people would assume a film with a lead character that cannot speak, wouldn’t do very well. 2018, however, has proved this wrong, with The Shape of Water winning four Oscars at the Academy Awards this year. Netflix has jumped on the bandwagon of unconventional leads, releasing Mute, directed by Duncan Jones.

Mute follows a mute, Amish barman called Leo, as he looks for his blue-haired girlfriend Naadirah in the gangster-ridden city of Berlin. With a stellar cast, amazing CGI and the director of Moon at the helm, it would be surprising if this movie was anything less than great. Continue reading

The Cloverfield Paradox review “Alien, but with worms”

The Cloverfield Paradox posterThe science fiction genre is often seen as the origin of some of the most influential and famous movies of all time: Star Wars, Alien, 2001: A Space Odyssey, just to name a few. All of them turn to the stars for stories that, otherwise, would seem foolish to imagine.

However, Netflix’s latest surprise venture, The Cloverfield Paradox, elevates the once shaky camera footage of the original movie into a fully-fledged sci-fi thriller.

The Cloverfield Paradox follows a team onboard a space shuttle which is trying to find a way of sending unlimited power to a dying Earth. However, the device malfunctions, sending the crew into an alternate reality and wreaking havoc upon Earth. Continue reading