Originally it was planned that the latest Alex Garland movie, the long-awaited Annihilation (2018), was supposed to be released worldwide on streaming service Netflix, matching the theatrical release in the USA. Plans seem to have changed since the release date has been moved to the 12th of March. So we will have to wait for 3 weeks until we can have the movie in our home screens. This waiting is being fueled by the very good reviews and critics the film is receiving.
Paramount Pictures, who had the distribution rights for Annihilation (2018), decided after a few private test screenings that the movie might not have the potential of a blockbuster they were looking for. The theatrical release deals in America were already sealed, so fearing a box office crash Paramount decided to sell the rest of the world distribution rights to Netflix. With that, they made sure at least they could recover a good portion of the film’s budget and the Video on Demand service added another A-class film to their Netflix Originals catalog.
After a biologist’s husband disappears, she puts her name forward for an expedition into an environmental disaster zone but does not quite find what she’s expecting. The expedition team is made up of the biologist, an anthropologist, a psychologist, a surveyor, and a linguist. But what they will find is not what they expected, and the laws of nature don’t apply creating all sorts of new unknown threats.
The movie was written for the screen by director Alex Garland, based on the novel by Jeff VanderMeer. Natalie Portman, Benedict Wong, Sonoya Mizuno, David Gyasi, Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tuva Novotny and Tessa Thompson star. Check out here the trailer for Annihilation (2018):
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