The teaser trailer for "Annihilation" is out. I must confess it gave me goosebumps!
This is the latest effort from Alex Garland, Director of "Ex-Machina", writer of "28 Days Later" and "Sunshine". It has elements in common with "2001", "Solaris", "Roadside Picnic" and even "Alien" and "Prometheus".
It is based on the first chapter in the "Southern Reach" trilogy saga by Jeff Vandermeer. So there is a potential for a franchise. This is the type of weirdness the Alien franchise needs in my opinion.
joylitt Alex Garland is a fantastic writer!!
Sunshine, much like Alien is a perfect 10/10 for me
Yeah, it looks like a Solaris remake, I mean the original Solaris (1972) by Tarkovsky. Probably it will be too much for a wider US audience.
I think it won't be a franchise but Portman is beautiful in it.
Well I read the 3 books and I can tell you it is not a remake of Solaris. And there are so many things left unexplained in the first part that it is not unlikely to have a trilogy. On top of that, a secondary character from the first part becomes protagonist of the second and in the third you get the point of view of every character and a final conclusion. This is the type of novel that can fuel endless theories and discussions. It is really a mind-bending narrative, a whole thoroughly imagined world of its own. The first book focuses on what happened to an expedition sent to a quarantined site known as Area X, which apparently has been object of some kind of alien invasion (not the typical alien invasion though). The second part takes place in a facility known as Southern Reach, a bureaucratic nightmare of place where the protagonist of Annihilation is being studied; the main character here is the new director of Southern Reach. The last part of the trilogy is fascinating, it is like a puzzle where you get to know more less the final fate of every character, and maybe of earth. Oh and i forgot to say it is also very Lovecraftian.
'an expedition sent to a quarantined site known as Area X, which apparently has been object of some kind of alien invasion (not the typical alien invasion though)'
So it contains the main idea of the other well-known Tarkovsky movie, the Stalker, as well.
It should be good. I love Portman, her beauty is enough for me to enjoy a movie. :D
Ati Yes, you are right. That is why I mentioned "Roadside Picnic", which is the novel Stalker is based on. By the way Jack Paglen, one of the writers of Alien Covenant created a series based on Roadside Picnic that has much more in common with Stalker than Annihilation.
Someone complained online it's an all female cast. Obviously they haven't read the book because that is how it is in the novel. I have a little complain about the casting of the guy who is interrogating Portman's character though. If he is who I think he is, they changed his ethnicity ( I can see why he was cast though since he's been in "Sunshine"); the original character is a mixed hispanic/white man and his cultural background is very important in the second novel.
joylitt thank you so much for this, why did I know nothing about this movie?
Roadside Picnic meets Heart of Darkness, I must see it!!
"Let The Cosmic Incubation Begin" ~ H.R. Giger
dk He adapted the original novel by Jeff Vandermeer. The author said the movie is great and that it reminded him of "2001: A Space Odyssey". The teaser is trending #1 on youtube, so the interest for this type of sci-fi is still there.
joylitt Nice. Annihilation looks pretty good. The trailer seems interesting without giving too much away. Bring it on!
It looks fantastic, I don't want to get too hyped over it just in case but it def looks like it has potential.
The opening image looks like someone was hit with a mutation blast of some sort.
joylitt instead of starting a new topic, I thought I would refresh your thread instead :)
This film is now streaming on Netflix (who bought the international distribution rights to the film)
Have you had a chance to watch it yet?
It is an interesting ride packed full of some interesting and clever themes (without spoiling it).
This is the type of weirdness the Alien franchise needs in my opinion.
Im definitely more convinced now that Garland could do an Alien film. His films have many overlapping themes, styles and nuances that would lend beautifully to the Alien Franchise..and add something different
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