A couple years back saw the release of the tense, sexually-charged psychological sci-fi thriller Ex Machina. This film was the directorial debut of writer Alex Garland, who had made a name for himself writing such great films as 28 Days Later, Sunshine, and Dredd. Finally, the man who was the mind behind a good number of smart and fun science fiction films was in charge.
While Ex Machina wasn’t a film that appealed to the mass audiences, cinemaphiles eagerly awaited what Garland’s next project would be. Prior to the release of Ex Machina, Garland had already signed on to adapt the novel Annihilation by author Jeff VanderMeer. While Annihilation is the first novel in the Southern Reach Trilogy, from what we know, Garland only adapted the first novel, and wasn’t really concerned with the trilogy as a whole.
We’ll have to wait and see just how different this ends up being from the books as a whole, and if it closes things bout, rather than keeping it open for a trilogy.
Now, Paramount Pictures has released the brand new trailer for the sci-fi flick, and man is it gorgeous. From its beautiful framing to vivid colors of a hauntingly alien landscape, it’s a world I definitely want to see more of. Plus, as someone who hasn’t read the book series, it makes me want to pick those up on my Kindle pronto (I’ve been itching for a good read, anyway).
The film is also appealing to me in a different way. As someone who was captivated by last year’s Denis Villeneuve flick Arrival, this is something that seems right up my alley. It looks like another meditative contemplation on humanity wrapped in a science fiction skin. At the end of the day, isn’t that what all great sci-fi is? Of course, given Garland’s track record, it has the potential to be a lot scarier and darker than Arrival, but the smart sci-fi aspect is still there.
Add in the amazing cast that includes Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, and Oscar Isaac, and you have a potential winning combination for film fans.
What did you think of this trailer for Annihilation? Does it seem like a worthy follow-up to Ex Machina? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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SOURCE: Paramount Pictures