New 'Annihilation' Trailer Shows Off Weird Hybrid Monsters

Thursday, 14 December 2017 - 7:24PM
Thursday, 14 December 2017 - 7:24PM
New 'Annihilation' Trailer Shows Off Weird Hybrid Monsters
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The newest trailer for Alex Garland's sci-fi horror film Annihilation is here, and it looks just as nuts as everything else we've seen of the movie thus far.

The major difference is that now, rather than a series of non-sequitur, abstract images, we finally have something approaching a plot to unpack. Based on this new trailer, Annihilation is exactly the kind of movie that you'd expect from the triumphant director of Ex Machina, as he moves to try and solidify his position in Hollywood as "the thinking man's" science fiction director.

There are themes of genetic mutation, unexplained medical conditions, and even a heartfelt moment of Natalie Portman pining for a dying Oscar Isaac, suggesting that in spite of this movie's weird plot, Garland isn't going to abandon the kind of character work that made Ex Machina such a compelling movie about a man talking to an advanced version of Clippy from Microsoft Office.

See the new Annihilation trailer below:



While Garland has written and directed this movie, it doesn't exist in a vacuum. Annihilation is based on a novel of the same name by Jeff VanderMeer, meaning that the plot for the story is already freely available, even though it's unlikely that Garland will stick to the novel's narrative twists and turns in their entirety.

This feels like a movie with its own distinct tone and voice, and considering that Garland has a lot to prove, it's likely that the film version of Annihilation will be one of those book adaptations that isn't too concerned with perfectly replicating every line of dialogue from the source material.

Certainly, the kinds of weird creatures on display in this trailer seem to go beyond what's described in the book, and it might be the potential for making new freaks and monsters that has drawn Garland to the project.

That, and the opportunity to add to his growing collection of Star Wars actors who've appeared in his films - Ex Machina starred both Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac, once again) and General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, and now Garland gets to work with Padme from the prequels.

Whatever's coming in Annihilation, it's worth assuming that Garland has a few tricks up his sleeve that will make this different from anything else movie audiences have seen. Ex Machina saved some pretty horrific plot twists until near the end of the film, and it's likely that we'll see the same thing here as well, although what exactly will happen is anybody's guess.

In a world of sci-fi blockbusters that are all frustratingly predictable, it's nice to have a movie on the horizon that still seems like a complete mystery, even though its plot already has its own Wikipedia page.

Annihilation comes out February 23, 2018.
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