Alex Garland‘s directorial feature debut Ex_Machina was a delightfully creepy existential brilliant movie. That’s now made Annihilation his follow-up movie one of 2018’s most anticipated movies and the first UK trailer has now arrived. Moving from artificial life into the unknown a surreal world which teases a surreal world, very unsettling.Which looks to propel Garland not just as one of the best Writers in the industry but to be one of the best upcoming directors too.
Annihilation stars Natalie Portman as The biologist who leads a team of scientists (played by Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson and Tuva Novotny), members of Southern Reach. A mysterious surrealistic world cut off from our own world, Area X a strange land that nature has reclaimed. The American government are determined to find out and understand the mysteries sending in the scientists to decipher.
We learn that the team are the twelfth expedition into Area X. the Second group committed mass suicide, the third group turned on each other, the eleventh group returned shells of them former selves. They all eventually died of cancer. The mission is clear but it seems The Biologist (Portman)has her own motive, where is her husband (Oscar Isaac) who was on the previous expedition.
The movie is based on the very popular book by Jeff VanderMeer of the same name, a novelist becoming a bit of leader in the ‘weird’ movement. Looking like a mixture of eco-horror, sci-fi and Lovecraftian, which gives you an idea what type of movie we have in store. There is a trilogy of books which could easily suggest a potential franchise, however, Garland has stated its “a single, self-contained movie”.
The trailer looks very impressive and if you’ve read the books, the promo seems to really capture the tone and atmosphere. visually beautiful, very creepy, equally disturbing, totally bizarre. VanderMeer’s writing is not always the easiest to adapt and Garland is a master at delivering the impossible to the big screen.
Annihilation will arrive in the UK and Ireland from 23rd February 2018.