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Latest 'Annihilation' Trailer Reveals New Monsters, More Plot

Latest 'Annihilation' Trailer Reveals New Monsters, More Plot”

Like the 1986 sci-fi classic Alien, Annhiliation supposes the answer is women.

The book is a largely analytical, psychological horror story, told as the first-person account of the biologist's journey into Area X. While the book is a slow-building thriller that carefully reveals much of the mysterious backstory of this mission and its characters, the new trailer for the film adaptation shows a more Hollywood approach to the story. What they share is a deep understanding of gender discrimination: They are all professionals who have been forced to take a backseat to men. As a book, the ending is a satisfying, but vexing stopping point in a trilogy, and I'm not sure anyone would be courageous enough to leave things as they happen there. He made a name for himself among fans of small-press sci-fi, but he also wrote for Dark Horse Comics on Predator tie-in comics.

Left to right: Natalie Portman and Tessa Thompson in ANNIHILATION, from Paramount Pictures and Skydance.

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The trailer gives us a lot to look at, and it looks as freaky as you might expect, but it doesn't actually clue us in to the characters we're going to get.

Director Garland visualizes this weird, unsafe place with stunning beauty and darkness.

Based on Jeff VanderMeer's best-selling Southern Reach Trilogy, Annihilation stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny and Oscar Isaac. The creatures in the novel don't necessarily want to destroy; they want to stay alive and incorporate humanity's biology with their own.

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Annihilation is directed by Alex Garland, who also directed Ex Machina and has written the script for Annihilation, Sunshine, and 28 Days Later. The focus on new life, as opposed to pure death, is a hallmark of female-focused science fiction.

Watch the trailer in the player below.

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