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Annihilation is a Sci-Fi, Horror movie based on the book with the same name. The movie was directed by Alex Garland, who also wrote the screenplay. Distributed by Paramount Pictures, it was released on February 23 only in a few countries: US, Canada and China. Later on March 12, 2018 it received a worldwide release on Netflix.


A biologist's husband disappears. She puts her name forward for an expedition into an environmental disaster zone, but does not find what she's expecting. The expedition team is made up of the biologist, an anthropologist, a psychologist, a surveyor, and a linguist.[3]

Book adaptation[]

Director Alex Garland read Annihilation by suggestion of producer Scott Rudin. Garland says he read the book immediately and felt "struck by it".[4] Both Garland and author Jeff VanderMeer have stated in interviews that they were in contact with each other since the beginning of the project. Garland said himself that he wouldn't create a faithful adaptation of Annihilation but VanderMeer agreed with the idea since many elements of the book wouldn't have the same effect on cinema. The author mentions how the Moaning Creature was one of those elements, translated to a bear in the movie.[5] He has also shared his opinion on the adaptation:

The film is very accurate in tone and texture of the books. Some of the transformations of the animals and the landscapes are very faithful to the books. [...] He [Garland] mixed the horrific and beauty that are true to the series.[6]

Whitewashing controversy[]

Annihilation received many criticism for casting Natalie Portman as the main character, who is described as Asian descendant in Authority, the second book of the Southern Reach trilogy. Both Portman and Garland have stated that they didn't know about the character's ethnicity at the time the movie was in development. Garland explained that although he knew there were supposed to be three books planned, he "didn’t know anything about the other two".[7]

Jeff VanderMeer was also asked about the controversy in a interview; he believes that as Garland and the production became aware of books two and three, they tried to take that into account in the casting.[5]


  • Natalie Portman as Lena
  • Kristen McGarrity as Lena's double
  • Gina Rodriguez as Anya Thorensen
  • Tessa Thompson as Josie Radek
  • Tuva Novotny as Cassie "Cass" Sheppard
  • Oscar Isaac as Kane
  • Benedict Wong as Lomax
  • Sonoya Mizuno as Katie / Humanoid
  • David Gyasi as Daniel
  • Sammy Hayman as Mayer
  • Josh Danford as Shelley
  • John Schwab as Paramedic


Original score[]

Soundtrack cover.

All tracks by Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow. 

Track Minutes
1 What Do You Know? 2:36
2 Ambulance Chase 2:58
3 Approaching the Shimmer 1:52
4 Disoriented 2:37
5 The Alligator 1:02
6 For Those That Follow 2:48
7 The Swimming Pool 2:57
8 The Watchtower 2:08
9 Sheppard 2:45
10 The Body 2:04
11 Plant People 2:44
12 Cells Divide 1:37
13 The Bear 4:52
14 The Beach 4:23
15 Were You Me? 3:03
16 Lighthouse Chamber 2:05
17 The Alien 12:03
18 Annihilation 5:22


Movie posters[]

Movie stills[]