Annihilation did some magnificent things, but ultimately it didn’t tell a story that I enjoyed very much. I can’t complain at all about the acting, the effects, the camera work, or the sound design, because everything was spot on, and much of it was outstanding. What was missing, however, was a surprising-yet-inevitable reveal that could recontextualize all the alien weirdness for the viewer, giving us a truly satisfying ending.

Annihilation had a lot going for it, but I wanted it to be something other than what it was. I liked it, but I didn’t really enjoy it, and so it slips past my Threshold of Disappointment.