The Beach author Alex Garland proved he was a very capable director with Ex Machina. Now he’s returning with a female-led sci-fi trip into a strange place where the normal rules of nature don’t apply.
The movie sees Portman as a biologist who agrees to go on a mission into a zone know as The Shimmer. Her husband (Oscar Isaac) went on a previous mission into the region and was the only thing to return – but in a coma. Heading in she discovers a place full of strange creatures and things that don’t appear as if they are possible.
Based on Jeff VanderMeer’s best-selling Southern Reach Trilogy, Annihilation also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson and Tuva Novotny. It’ll be released in US cinemas in February, while Netflix will stream it many other countries (inlcuding the UK) from early March.