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Annihilation Alex Garland worked on a script to adapt the first novel in Jeff VanderMeer’s The Southern Reach trilogy, even before the 2015 premiere of Ex Machina. This project had been in the works for a long time and was always intended to be seen on the big screen.

I understand that Netflix’s model, after The Cloverfield Paradox, has changed the way low-profit rarities are distributed overseas. I understand that this will allow, at the same time, more rarities to be recorded. But the truth is that I was forced to watch this movie on my computer. Excuse my French, but I was not angry, I was driven by a question of respect for the format.

In any case, Annihilation came straight to the small screen and we have to be grateful that it even made it. Because this movie continues a golden age of complex sci-fi that began more than ten years ago to follow Alex Garland and Sunshine (2007), Moon (2009), Inception (2010), Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010), Looper (2012) ), Interstellar (2013), Gravity (2013), Her (2013), Snowpiercer (2014), Ex Machina (2015), Arrival (2016), Blade Runner 2049 (2017) and so many more …

This is an adaptation that does not depend on the original material to display its reflection. It is, in fact, something quite different from VanderMeer’s book: under a common premise, the two works go in completely different directions. While the first book is a mystery that needs clarification in the two continuations of the trilogy, Garland’s work closes in on itself by proposing a new thought that continues the paranoid streak of Ex Machina with singular poise and elegance.

Duration: 115 min


IMDb: 6.8