Cinematic References in Annihilation [VIDEO]

Annihilation is arguably the best sci-fi film of the year so far. It offers interesting and unique visuals that marked it as a truly innovative film. At the same time, like most great films, it made reference to stylistic flourishes of several classic sci-fi films. 

As detailed in this wonderfully eerie video by Herrozzy, we see the visual parallels drawn from the the body horror of the Alien Franchise, and the meticulous framing of Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odessey. With several nods to Tarkovsky's Stalker and Solaris, and along with Steven Soderbergh's less favored George Clooney starring remake. Speaking of the subpar work that follows up much better material, Herrozzy manages to draw a comparison between the climax of the film, and the death of Cate Blanchette's Russian villainess from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. 

Perhaps my favorite film that they draw reference in the video is Darren Aranofsky's very underrated historical/sci-fi/fantasy epic The Fountain. Aranofsky's visuals in that film are some of my favorite ever put to film and seeing them compared to Annihilation really drove home not only my love for both films. 

Alex Garland has shown us that he is truly the next sci-fi master with his work in Annihilation. Along with his previous work with Ex-Machina, and with being heavily involved in the production of Dredd, another great underrated film. He also wrote movies like 28 Days Later, Sunshine and Never Let Me Go. If anyone wants to come for Sunshine, they can meet me out back in the parking lot. Despite devolving into a pretty standard slasher in the third act, Sunshine was just a ton of fun and a great bleak sci-fi film!

With his next project being a limited series for FX called DEVS, more in the vein of Ex Machina, having everyone excited. I just hope that he returns to the hallucinogenic beauty of his work with Annihilation. Perhaps for a Swamp Thing movie?

Spoiler Warning: This video contains spoilers for Annihilation. 

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