“Annihilation” The Movie: The Mystery of ‘It’ –‘Was It Carbon Based, Did It Communicate With You’ (WATCH Video)

 

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In this first trailer of Alex Garland's sci-fi thriller Annihilation, Natalie Portman plays a biologist looking for her missing husband while on an expedition with a secret agency and discovers a mysterious creature lurking in the wilderness. Annihilation is adapted from the award-winning novel by Jeff VanderMeer about a biologist who embarks on a research expedition after her husband returns from a what appeared to be a suicide mission in a bizarrely altered state.


Annihilation is Alex Garland’s newest directorial project. Garland began his career in film as a screenwriter, before taking on the role of director with Ex Machina. Ex Machina, which embraced and defied science fiction and horror tropes, went on to win an Oscar for its special effects.

 

 

 

The novel Annihilation is the first of three books in a scifi trilogy, told from the perspective of Natalie Portman’s character, “the Biologist”. The trilogy gets its name from the Southern Reach, a mysterious organization that is facilitating scientific explorations into Area X, a region that is undergoing an otherworldly environmental change. The Southern Reach is a corporate entity that has partnered with the United States government and military to secure the border to Area X to prevent anyone from getting in – or anything from getting out.

The mystery of "It". The flora and fauna of Area X continuously pushes the boundaries of how our society understands language, intelligence, and life. "Is it carbon based? Did it communicate?" The book is less concerned with how exactly Area X came to be, and more concerned with how humans have to confront their own limitations within this incomprehensible and seemingly hostile environment.

As members of the twelfth expedition, the team knows that past expeditions have ended in strange and deadly ways. In one previous expedition, all members committed suicide. In another, expedition members all killed each other in a firefight after apparently going mad.

Over the course of the book, the reader learns about the Biologist’s husband who was on the prior expedition to Area X, what happens to him, and why that drives the Biologist to enter Area X herself.

The trailer includes a sequence at the ending where The Biologist is being questioned after the expedition.
Author VanderMeer, has says that the film’s ending differs from the novel and is, in a word, “mind-blowing“.

We’ll have to wait until the movie’s release on February 23rd, 2018 to find out what "It" is.

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