Annihilation is one of the smartest and creepiest science fiction books I've ever read.
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In September, Paramount released the first trailer for Ex Machina director Alex Garland's next science fiction thriller Annihilation, showing off an expedition entering a freakish world. Listen to that conversation below... and watch the trailer above. We then see the Biologist and her husband (Oscar Isaac) before he sets off for his own mission into the zone.
Annihilation hits theaters February 13th, and Netflix will pick it up for streaming 17 days later. They are not the first group to attempt to explore and study the area and they're armed with the knowledge that terrible things have befallen every other group to enter. Based on the trailers, Annihilation has a darker edge and hews closer to something like Andrei Tarkovsky's sci-fi mystery Solaris than Arrival anyway - and though that's intriguing news for cinephiles, it's probably not an encouraging comparison for anxious studio investors. The change in distribution is in part a response to poor test screenings of the film, which reportedly caused producer David Ellison (Terminator Genisys) to become concerned that the current cut of the movie is "too intellectual" and "too complicated" to appeal to a broad audience.
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While this trailer is full of stunning imagery and moments both gorgeous and terrifying, it all looks a bit louder and a bit more generic than VanderMeer's novel, which relegated much of the conflict to the Biologist's internal monologue and leaned on dread and foreboding rather than vicious creatures.
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