Annihilation Full Trailer Revealed

It will be very interesting to see if the movie combines all three novels.

Paramount Pictures has revealed the second trailer for Annihilation, an upcoming sci-fi film. It is certainly one of the best looking thus far, as it stars Natalie Portman (Jackie), Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok), Tuva Novotny (Dag), and Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina).

If those stars are not enough to draw you into this movie, the plot is sure to. Annihilation is based on a book series by Jeff VanderMeer called the Southern Reach Trilogy. All three books were greatly inspired by the author’s trek through St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in northwestern Florida.

Apparently a lot of the plants and animals he saw there appear in the books, so some of that weird nature stuff in trailer is totally real. If nothing else, the movie will be a lesson in biology. Though it should be noted that author VanderMeer is by no means a biologist.

The trailer itself shows us the main premise of the movie in more detail. A team of a biologist, surveyor, anthropologist, and psychologist go into the Shimmer (as it is called in the film, apparently). They are there to investigate just what the Shimmer is and why it is growing. Though the trailer implies that Portman’s character is going in to save her husband’s life, in the book the man is already dead by the time she goes in.

It will be very interesting to see if the movie combines all three novels, or does the right thing and makes this a nicely spread out trilogy. Admittedly, the plot is a bit like Lost where you don’t really know what’s going on until the very end. They would do well to build the hype as the novels do.

Annihilation is directed by Alex Garland, who also directed Ex Machina and has written the script for Annihilation, Sunshine, and 28 Days Later. Horror certainly seems to be this man’s forte, so at least we know that he knows how to build suspense quite well.

Annihilation will be coming out February 23, 2018.

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