Here’s the first trailer for Alex Garland’s (Ex Machina) adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation.

VanderMeer’s novel, which we discussed last year, is one of the most haunting novels I’ve read in a long while. Centering on a group of women tasked with exploring ecological anomaly known as Area X, Annihilation is an existential sci-fi, horror journey that re-shapes these women’s knowledge of themselves and the world that surrounds them. With a cast consisting of Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriiguez, and Oscar Isaac, Annihilation will certainly be one of the most well-acted films to hit next year, and we know Garland’s talent for getting most out of his performers, both as screenwriter and director. What’s most exciting about Annihilation is how fresh it feels. Readers of the novel know that it’s filled with the unfamilar, and in our film landscape we could use more science fiction and horror that doesn’t feel reminiscent of something else. In terms of its imagery and ideas, Annihilation could be the most original horror/sci-fi movie to come along since Alien, which makes it my most anticipated film of 2018.

Annihilation crosses into theaters on February 23rd, 2018.

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