Alex Garland’s movie is giving a lot to talk about: its suggestive images and scenography have generated many interesting articles in the specialized media. These are the best (most of them with spoilers, so be careful those who have not seen the movie):
The latest science fiction thriller by the extraordinary Alex Garland is definitely not going to be for everyone. It is a massive risk taker whose results will enchant or alienate any that watch it. This review is for those who have watched it, so you can either relive the experience, or perhaps see why some critics and viewers are obsessed with what is being called a very different film. Here is my take on Annihilation, and why it is sensational. Of course, be aware that there are fully descriptive spoilers ahead.
Annihilation opens today in 2,012 theaters in the USA and Canada. If you are a North American fan of Natalie, you should not miss the opportunity to see this movie in theaters. It’s without a doubt a unique experience. We await your opinions in the comments section. While we wait for it, we have a new featurette and a film clip:
For all of us who live outside of North America and China, our only chance to see Annihilation is on Netflix. Today, the well-known streaming platform has become official the film’s release date (March 12), and has launched a new poster and trailer. Here they are:
The embargo is over, and finally we have the first Annihilation reviews, and they are mostly great!
There are three days left for the North American release of Annihilation. The embargo of the written reviews will end tomorrow and there will be several advanced screenings throughout the country as well. While we wait for all this, we have a few tidbits…
Buzzfeed has an extensive interview with Natalie, in which she discusses Annihilation, Hollywood’s Time’s Up revolution, learning from Reese Witherspoon, and her regret over signing the Roman Polanski petition nine years ago:
You signed the Roman Polanski petition after he was arrested in Switzerland in 2009. How do you feel about that now?
NP: I very much regret it. I take responsibility for not thinking about it enough. Someone I respected gave it to me, and said, “I signed this. Will you too?” And I was like, sure. It was a mistake. The thing I feel like I gained from it is empathy towards people who have made mistakes. We lived in a different world, and that doesn’t excuse anything. But you can have your eyes opened and completely change the way you want to live. My eyes were not open.
–Film Journal has also an interesting interview with Natalie and director Alex Garland about the film.
-Finally, this tweet seems to indicate that Natalie has finally started to shoot Vox Lux.
Natalie will be at the Jimmy Kimmel Show tonight, in what is the culmination of the Annihilation promotion before beginning the filming of Vox Lux. While we wait for the US release next week, here we have more tidbits about the movie…
-Rob Hardy, director of photography of the film, has published in the instagram of the BSC a great photo taken during the shooting of one of the key scenes in London:
-Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow will release Annihilation score next week, and here we can listen to some of the themes of the film.
Natalie has attended the Premiere of Annihilation at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood, California, tonight. She joined Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tuva Novotny, director Alex Garland and Jeff VanderMeer, among others. These are the first photos of the event:
There has been a press junket of Annihilation at Four Seasons Hotel in LA today, with the assistance of Natalie, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez, Oscar Isaac, director Alex Garland and writer Jeff VanderMeer. Here we have a first video interview of her, and a couple of instagram stories photos:
As the release approaches, the news about Alex Garland’s upcoming film accumulates. We have some of them, in the form of Tidbits:
-Natalie and Oscar Isaac will be at the Jimmy Kimmel Live Show in two different days, promoting the movie. Considering that the premiere will be held next Tuesday, and that Natalie will also be at the Ellen Show on Wednesday, we will have an intense week…
-A new TV spot has launched today, it´s titled “their mission”:
The first critic reactions on Annihilation can not be more positive. While we wait for the release of the film in a couple of weeks, we finally have a new clip and a few more stills of the movie with Natalie, the rest of the cast, director Alex Garland and writer of the book Jeff VanderMeer:
It seems that there has been a press screening of the film tonight, with the assistance of Alex Garland. Although the written reviews remain embargoed, here we have the first twitter reactions of the attendees, and they seem to be mostly positive:
#Annihilation is big budget Alex Garland with all the head-spinning intelligence of "Ex Machina." It's violent and patient and then suddenly so transfixing you're pinned to your seat.
It'll take time to process. Another auteur studio gamble from Paramoint after "mother!"
— Zack Sharf (@ZSharf) February 8, 2018
ANNHILATION is, in wholly inelegant terms, one hell of a mindfuck. Most of the time, I didn't want it to end; occasionally, I was so unsettled I thought I might keel over.
— Kate Erbland (@katerbland) February 8, 2018
Alex Garland's #Annihilation is absolutely phenomenal. It's gorgeous and mesmerizing, with brilliant performances from the entire ensemble. It's a remarkable vision, and has a sequence so thrilling that I was left literally dizzy. It will be on my Top 10 of 2018 without question. pic.twitter.com/zGmDGlyh0M
— Eric Eisenberg (@eeisenberg) February 8, 2018
— Drew Taylor (@DrewTailored) February 8, 2018
Alex Garland’s #Annihilation is another example of the kind of brainy sci-fi we don’t see enough of. Badass female cast and a story that’s both beautiful and wickedly disturbing, and an ending you will talk about for days. Dug it so much pic.twitter.com/fW77z6xX4v
— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) February 8, 2018