The trailer for Alex Garland’s Annihilation has been released today. The film is the directorial follow-up from Garland and stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, and Oscar Isaac.
The film follows a team consisting of a biologist, anthropologist, psychologist, and surveyor that ventures into “Area X.” A section of the United States that is under quarantine due to not so natural activity. Their group is the twelfth expedition sent into Area X on behalf of the mysterious Southern Reach organization. The second expedition ended in mass suicide, the third in a hail of gunfire as the members turned on one another, and the eleventh expedition returned as shells of their former selves, all dying of cancer shortly after coming back.
I loved every second of this trailer. The mystery, the world, seeing all these actresses on this adventure. Way to go, Gina Rodriguez for popping up on the big screen once again. I can’t wait to see her in this(btw if you’re not watching Jane The Virgin you should)
The sheer strangeness and otherworldly vibe of Area X immediately sucked me in. It’s a dangerous alien beauty that invokes some of the moments and aesthetics from The Last of US albeit much much stranger. Exploring this world is going to be a horrifying delight. Also, I wonder if the being we spotted at 1:29 is the creature they’re interrogating Portman about? If not the question still remains, what the hell is that!?
This film is one of my most anticipated of next year. Ex Machina was my third favorite film of that calendar year and I’ve enjoyed Garland’s writing from Sunshine to Dredd. So hopefully we can get another home run from this brilliant writer and director.
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