Annihilation trailer teases a unsafe world beyond 'the shimmer'


In Annihilation, the first volume of Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy, we join the twelfth expedition.

"Annihilation" follows a biologist, played by Natalie Portman who signs up for a risky, secret expedition where the laws of nature don't apply. And like last year's Arrival, it suggests that those women will be scientists-biologists as well as anthropologists and psychologists. The film mixes in elements of sci-fi and horror and features a strong female cast.

Left to right: Natalie Portman and Tessa Thompson in ANNIHILATION, from Paramount Pictures and Skydance. To do this, she and a team must venture into a mysterious area filled with beauty and something unsafe.

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

That's just about all you need to know before firing this one up.

One thing I found amusing as I watched the new trailer was how it kind of reminded of this past year's Alien: Covenant, but I can't imagine Annihilation being anywhere as frustratingly stupid as that film.

A new trailer for Alex Garland's (ExMachina) next movie, based on Jeff VanderMeer's novel of the same name, illuminates the odd threats facing humankind. One of the characters says that the zone seems to be destroying everything, to which the Biologist responds that it's not doing that at all - it's making something new.

Paramount Pictures has now released the second trailer for Annihilation online, with Portman's character and her drive to learn what happened to her husband (played by Oscar Isaac) in "The Shimmer" at the center of the action.