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We don't know a great deal about the newest movie by the creator of Ex Machina which stars Natalie Portman. However, after seeing the first trailer for the new project, you will almost certainly be curious. The trailer shows a team entering a bizarre and mysterious stretch of wilderness and what they find there, well, it apparently defies description. Check out the trailer below.
Annihilation is based on a book series by Jeff VanderMeer, so those who have read the books will know exactly what it is that's being described here. For the rest of us, however, everything is being kept incredibly mysterious. The trailer gives away nothing about what's going on. The soundtrack makes everything in the trailer feel constricting and claustrophobic, even though everything we see feels open. There's clearly a horror movie vibe to the trailer, but there's just as clearly a lot more going on.
What we can discern from the trailer is that Natalie Portman is actually part of a second team to go into this strange area, following her husband who had gone in previously. However, even after this second incursion, it seems little more has been learned by the characters about what is going on, meaning that the audience is going to be that much more in the dark. This is how a good teaser trailer is made. The movie has only teased us with what is happening, but we're desperate to know more.
It's been over a year since we've seen anything significant from the production of Annihilation. A couple of images from the set were sent out on social media. They looked like interesting pictures at the time, but they don't even compare to the final product that we're seeing here. Everything is both lovely and terrifying at the same time. Writer and Director Alex Garland brought in his Ex Machina cinematographer Robert Hardy to shoot this film as well and based on the trailer it looks like a masterful job was done.
While we're looking forward to solving this mystery, we'll have to wait a few more months to do so. Annihilation is set for release on February 23, 2018.