Alex Garland's New Movie To Be Released Soon On Netflix

Natalie Portman in Annihilation

In December, The Hollywood Reporter broke that producers Scott Rudin (Lady Bird) and David Ellison (Geostorm) butted heads after an early screening of Annihilation, when Ellison demanded that changes be made because the movie was - get ready for it - "too intellectual".

Garland's talents are on full display in an adaptation of the first book in Jeff VanderMeer's "Southern Reach" trilogy.

Chris Van Vliet: "Is it OK that I didn't understand what happened at the end of this?" "We need more representation of Asians on film, of Hispanics on film, of blacks on film, women - and particularly women of colour - Native Americans". It's a reaction to the book, not an adaptation of it. Garland seems to have responded to the ideas and the mood of the novel and then built something that approaches those ideas, but in his own way. "No one means you harm; it's just the way that it is". His mysterious reappearance only complicates things, and she is brought in on a secret.

Her husband (played by Oscar Issac, love of our lives) is missing for over a year when he returns one day with no memory of of where he has been. The movie is simply her expedition and the realizations she makes as she ventures further and further into Area X, behind a phenomenon they've named "The Shimmer". "I think it would be wonderful if we got to a space where people felt that they were conscious of their attempts at creating good characters, not characters specified by race". While exploring the luscious green forests, the crew come across a series of flowers with the science-defying catch that they are all different types blossoming from the same singular cell. "We have to make it weird for people to walk in a room where everyone's not in the room".

Soon enough, large mutant creatures of assorted persuasions start emerging from the forest, which itself takes on ever-more freaky and overgrown looks as the women proceed deeper into the Shimmer. Literally, if you take that out, 90% of what's sent to me, I can't do. There's something quietly revolutionary about the way the film addresses gender both plainly and coyly, staging another upending of the supposedly natural order in a film that is already doing plenty of that. This is a film built on a foundation of terror about absolute erasure, an encounter with something that not only destroys us, but which wipes away our existence completely. Thank goodness video cameras still work or we might never know what happened. There's something of a magic trick to it in an adaptation of VanderMeer's work, since he writes in a way that is nearly intentionally oblique.

"And it's really unfortunate, and was a surprise to me for sure". You can read what he had to say below.

Would you like to see a sequel?

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She's accompanied by Leigh's Dr. Ventress, a psychologist whose job overseeing all prior expeditions seems to have left her shattered, to put it mildly; also Anya, a medic (Gina Rodriguez) and Josie, a physicist (Tessa Thompson). The estrangement between Kane and Lena may be framed in near-cosmic terms, but at its core is a much more simple inquiry, wondering whether two people can build a marriage anew after changing and almost destroying who they were together.

Annihilation is a ferocious, feral, female-centric update of fearsome monster classics like The Thing and Alien. There is a debriefing, after a failed mission, that asks more questions than it answers; there are relationships to be puzzled out and mysteries to be solved.

I wrote the script pretty much immediately. It is this point where it becomes clear the films modus operandi favours intuition and the moment over logic and narrative. "I'm very excited to see the final version of the film".

As he showed with his first film, Ex Machina, Garland has an expert sense of how to establish an eerie, enticing world, calibrating dread and allure in just the right measure.

The whole thing was just organic.

Tech credits are over-the-moon great. Their logic is sound; I can't believe Annihilation is getting a wide release at all (we're not exactly more intelligent).

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