Following the massive success of Ex-Machina, the latest movie from Alex Garland was always going to be big news.
It is with some surprise then that his next movie, Annihilation, is getting a Netflix release in the UK as opposed to our friends in the US who are getting it in the cinemas.
For unknown reasons, the movies rights were sold to Netflix by Paramount back in December but we’re not complaining as Annihilation has already received positive reviews in the states
So, finally, Netflix are giving us our first look at the movie which stars Natalie Portman (Black Swan, V For Vendetta, Star Wars), Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight, eXistenz, Twin Peaks), Oscar Isaacs (Star Wars, Ex Machina, Inside Llewyn Davis)and Benedict Wong (Marco Polo, Doctor Strange, Sunshine).
Netflix has released a Trailer that gives you a good glimpse into the terror that this movie is set to unleash.
What is Annihilation about?
In Annihilation, which is based on the Southern Reach Trilogy of books by Jeff VanderMeer, Natalie Portman plays an ex-military biologist whose husband goes missing whilst on a mission. She then goes to find him on a secret expedition where she is faced with something called the shimmer. She is told that several military teams have gone in and none have returned, with the exception of her husband who is now in a coma.
What she is faced with inside, by the looks of the trailer, is a world where the rules of nature no longer apply. They are hunted by various creatures and even the plants seem to be “alive”. All is not what it seems however as the trailer hints that the creatures and new plants might be healing the world and not destroying it. Unfortunately for humanity that also includes being wiped out as well.
The plot certainly has echoes of Studio Ghibli classic Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, in which the deadly spores that are taking over the world along with the giant creatures that are destroying settlements are in fact saving the planet from humanities pollution.
This looks like it will be brilliant, if not somewhat terrifying film with a real message that’ll leave the viewer guessing all the way through and perhaps even leave them questioning their own roles in the world.
When is Annihilation coming to Netflix?
Annihilation is coming to Netflix on 12th March 2018 so we don’t have long to wait.