First screened in March 2018
Director: Alex Garland. Cast: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Oscar Isaac, Tuva Novotny, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, David Gyasi, Benedict Wong, Sammy Hayman, Josh Danford, Kristen McGarrity. Screenplay: Alex Garland (based on the novel by Jeff VanderMeer).

Twitter Capsule: Ambition and awkwardness in endless refraction. Many ideas, or quasi-ideas, but little feel for actors or film craft.

VOR:   A different team might have elevated the execution, but I can't gainsay the film's attempts to ask tricky questions and chase novel effects (and affects).

Photo © 2018 Paramount Pictures/Skydance Media/DNA Films

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: C+

Chicago Film Critics Association: Best Use of Visual Effects

Permalink Home 2018 ABC Blog E-Mail