• Shows that Garland’s directorial debut, Ex Machina, was no fluke
  • The film is filled with many of the same preoccupations as Garland’s debut—heavy stuff—metaphysical and existential with a dark outlook in the sci-fi genre
  • It’s a coup for Portman and feather in her cap but not much for the rest of the cast. I wish Oscar Isaac could be in everything- he’s superb in his few scenes
  • Any critic that doesn’t mention “Tarkovsky” “Stalker” and or “the room” is suspect and/or negligent
  • It has its own voice for sure but it’s a cousin to Arrival and Under the Skin even if I don’t think Garland is Villeneuve or Glazer quite yet
  • Formally the structure sets up well. We have flashbacks/dreams as we enter the different phases of the film
  • Resounding “god is not perfect” line I’ll have to connect with my phone by my side for notetaking at home during a second viewing
  • Visually there is almost a permanent prism-colored lens flare I absolutely love
  • Intelligent and ambitious
  • Meditation on evolution, and self-destruction
  • I absolutely love the wild silent lighthouse set-piece finale with sonic bass boom score—it may be enough to push into my top 10 of the year
  • Recommend for now until revisit