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How do complicated, ambiguous stories work? What role does literal interpretation play in a story laced in metaphor? They're good questions to ask, and especially good questions to ask about Gizmodo-favourite Alex Garland's Annihilation.
Though you aren't given much information about just what many of the strange, mutated creatures in Alex Garland's Annihilation are, the film gives most of them enough time on screen to let you draw some logical conclusions.
When Alex Garland's Annihilation opens, it will be the end of a long journey for the film. It began way back in 2013 when Paramount bought the movie rights to Jeff VanderMeer's book and its sequels, before they were even published. We have been covering Annihilation since the very beginning, and we thought it might be fun to take a trip down memory lane.
Alex Garland's Annihilation has just about everything a moviegoer could want. It has an incredibly compelling mystery at its heart, it's filled with nuanced performances by amazing actors, and it looks unbelievably fantastic. Most importantly, like the best science fiction, it challenges you and makes you think. Annihilation has all this - and yet it comes just shy of reaching true transcendence.
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Director Alex Garland's Annihilation recently came under fire for being the latest example of a movie casting white actors as characters who were people of colour in the source material. Garland has said that he wasn't aware of the whitewashing issue, and in a recent interview actresses Natalie Portman and Jennifer Jason Leigh say they didn't either - but they agree their film is part of a larger problem.
Kathleen Kennedy talks about George Lucas' brief involvement with Solo: A Star Wars Story. There are more rumours about Venom and the character's most famous comic book foe. Alex Garland teases a new sci-fi TV show in the works. Plus, new looks at Annihilation and the return of Legends of Tomorrow. Spoilers now!
Only days after Netflix surprise-released Paramount's feared flop The Cloverfield Paradox, the online platform has bought the rights to the Michael Peña, Mike Colter, and Lizzy Caplan-starring alien invasion film Extinction, a movie that's been sitting on Universal's shelf for months. I'm starting to notice a trend here.
For those who haven't read the books, Annihilation's trailers have been shrouded in mystery. What is "The Shimmer," what is it doing, and perhaps most importantly, how big of a threat does it pose? A new featurette from Paramount dives a bit more into what this strange anomaly is and the effect it's having on our world.
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