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“When her husband vanishes during a secret mission, biologist Lena joins an expedition into a mysterious region sealed off by the U.S. government.”

Netflix has released a new trailer for Alex Garland’s ‘Annihilation’ – a film which Paramount executives have reportedly deemed “too intellectual” to be released in cinemas in most countries. ‘Annihilation’ will only be screened in cinemas across America, Canada, and China, with the film then releasing two weeks later on Netflix – on March 12th.

“At the heart of the problem has apparently been a dispute between producers David Ellison and Scott Rudin. Ellison was reported to have been unhappy that the final cut was “too intellectual” and “too complicated”, and was after changes to the ending, and the character played by Natalie Portman. Rudin, and Alex Garland, were against said changes. The film remains in tact as a consequence, but is paying a price for that: it’s skipping a wide cinema release around the world.” – Den of Geek

I’ve seen nothing but hype for this film since the trailer was first shared, and excitement has only grown as we got ever closer it’s release date. But when rumours started to emerge of Paramount skipping out on cinema releases, and opting to sell Netflix the rights to stream it, we’d hope they’d be shot down once the films review embargo was up. Sadly, this isn’t the case, but we’re ecstatic to hear such positive reviews coming from lucky critics who’ve seen it already.

Whilst some of our team across the pond will be watching this film over the weekend in their local cinema, I’ll sit twiddling my thumbs until March 12th and trying not to let me envy show too much… I can’t promise anything though!

Here’s a snippet of some of the glowing reviews we’ve seen: 

“Alex Garland’s bracing brainteaser has the courage of its own ambiguity. You work out the answers in your own head, in your own time, in your own dreams, where the best sci-fi puzzles leave things. Get ready to be rocked.”Rolling Stone

“It’s a bold undertaking that doesn’t play it safe and features some strong performances”IGN 

“A lavish, magnificently unnerving visual feast threaded through with well-earned jump scares and real metaphysical force.”Entertainment Weekly