Annalee Newitz – Ars Technica:
Somehow, director Alex Garland (Ex Machina) has evoked that same sense of dreamy, horrifying awe in the first trailer for the film, which comes out in February 2018. Natalie Portman plays the biologist, and we see the bizarre features of Area X seething around her as if the entire ecosystem is somehow haunted. Garland is probably the perfect director for this feature. His Ex Machina was a mesmerizing blend of action and philosophy. My suspicion is that this movie will work its way deep under your skin.
Annihilation was an odd scifi read for me, outside my usual enjoyment zone. I have yet to read the remainder of the trilogy.
Still, Natalie Portman and Alex Garland are tough to pass up. I loved his Ex Machina, and I’ve been a fan of Portman’s since The Professional. Annihilation goes on the Scifi Thursday theater list.
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