Ex-Machina (2014) director Alex Garland’s latest film Annihilation is a mix of sci-fi and horror, starring the talented Natalie Portman.
The film is adapted from the 2015 award-winning novel of the same name by Jeff VanderMeer, and follows a biologist (Portman) who goes on an expedition to an environmental disaster zone, to figure out the peculiar alien-like biology of the place; a place where people have entered, but never returned.
Oscar Isaac plays Portman’s husband in the film, who luckily did make it out of the disaster zone, but in worse-for-wear conditions.
Annihilation looks to feature elements from several other popular films in the same genre, such as the Alien (1979-) films and more recently, Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival (2016).
The trailer sets the tone for the film as one full of mystery, horror and suspense, with some unique sci-fi elements.
Garland’s last film and debut feature, Ex Machina, was a fantastic addition to the artificial intelligence sub-genre of science-fiction, and judging by this new trailer, Annihilation is set to follow in its footsteps, adding to the environmental/biological/creature-feature sub-genre of sci-fi.
Joining Portman and Isaac in supporting roles are Jennifer Jason Leigh, Benedict Wong and Tessa Thompson.
The film hits cinemas on 23 February 2018.
Check out the trailer below and let us know your thoughts in the comments.