Annihilation (2018)

Writer-director Alex Garland follows up his excellent 2015 science-fiction film about artificial intelligence, “Ex Machina”, with a much more ambitious and bold film, “Annihilation”, a cerebral look at stasis and change, growth and stagnation, and humanity’s inclination towards self-destruction. Garland’s writing is strong, but his direction rarely embodies the imaginative nature of the premise (apart…