Annihilation: Trailer Review

Another trailer? So soon? But Nick, you just did the Isle Of Dogs trailer a few days ago.

Yeah, well, that trailer took me by surprise and this one just piled on to the surprise-ed-ness. I’m surprised by these two trailers that I’m making words up now!

Let’s just jump right into this one without talking too much. Annihilation, here we go.

Remember that bit where I explained that they key piece of information that I need to be excited in any movie is the director? Well the film we’re about to discuss is directed by a man named Alex Garland. If that name doesn’t sound familiar to you, that’s okay, but I sincerely want you to fix that. Alex Garland directed a film called Ex Machina, which is the official Filmsmiths Best Film Of 2015. Even more specifically, it’s my favorite film of 2015, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens also came out that year in case you forgot.

Frankly, I don’t know what Annihilation is about just yet. The trailer does what I want in that it doesn’t give everything away. It’s just a teaser of what we’re going to get, and that’s ideal for me.

Here’s a little bit more about the story: “A biologist’s husband disappears. She puts her name forward for an expedition into an environmental disaster zone, but does not quite find what she’s expecting. The expedition team is made up of the biologist, an anthropologist, a psychologist, and a surveyor.”

Natalie Portman is the lead, which is obviously great. In recent memory, not all of her films have been great, but I think she always delivers on her end of things. Oscar Isaac appears to be playing the husband, and you should know by now Oscar Isaac is my favorite working actor right now. A big part of the reason I love him so much is because of his previous work with Alex Garland in Ex Machina.

Beyond those two talented performers, you’ve also got Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, and Gina Rodriguez filling out the main crew. I’d be excited about any one of those women, or even a separate film with the three of them, but adding them to a film that already has Portman and Isaac with Garland directing is pure magic.

The story is mysterious, the tone is ambiguous, and the visuals from this brief series of clips alone is enough to stick in my head for the foreseeable. I can’t even imagine what the final film will do to my brain, which is great because it comes out on February 23, 2018.

What are your thoughts on this trailer for Annihilation? Will it live up the quality of Ex Machina? Let me know what you think about this movie down in the comment section!

Nick Potter

Co-founder of The Filmsmiths. Degree in Broadcast & Cinematic Arts with a minor in Cinema Studies from Central Michigan University. Pretty much the barbecue sauce of people but I'm doing my best.

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