Alex Garland’s ‘Annihilation’ First Reactions: ‘Brilliant, Thrilling, and Provocative’

“It will be on my Top 10 of 2018 without question,” says one critic


Alex Garland’s “Annihilation” has screened for the first set of critics, and they are simply “floored” about the film they call “phenomenal” and “visually dazzling.”

“Make no mistake, is a new sci-fi classic,” wrote one early viewer. “Brilliant, thrilling, and provocative, it has as much metaphoric depth as it does narrative tension. I’m floored.”

Another added, “Alex Garland’s is absolutely phenomenal. It’s gorgeous and mesmerizing, with brilliant performances from the entire ensemble. It’s a remarkable vision, and has a sequence so thrilling that I was left literally dizzy. It will be on my Top 10 of 2018 without question.”

When a biologist’s (Natalie Portman) husband disappears, she goes on an expedition into an environmental disaster zone, but does not anticipate what she finds there. The team is comprised of the biologist, an anthropologist, a psychologist and a surveyor.

Portman and Oscar Isaac star alongside Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Isaac previously worked with Garland on “Ex Machina.”

“Annihilation” will hit theaters on February 23, 2018.

See reactions to “Annihilation” below.