Alex Garland’s new film adaptation has begun screening for the press, and the first wave of reactions are in.
Garland’s second directorial project after his Oscar-winning Ex-Machina, Annihilation is based on the first instalment of Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy, and explores several genres, such as science-fiction thriller, mystery, and horror. VanderMeer himself has already praised the film for being “more surreal” than his source material, as well as having a “mind-blowing” ending – which has also drawn praise in the latest social media reactions to the film.
Here, we’ve rounded up a number of the best, spoiler-free, reactions from Twitter:
#Annihilation is big budget Alex Garland with all the head-spinning intelligence of "Ex Machina." It's violent and patient and then suddenly so transfixing you're pinned to your seat.
It'll take time to process. Another auteur studio gamble from Paramoint after "mother!"
— Zack Sharf (@ZSharf) February 8, 2018
Alex Garland's #Annihilation 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. pic.twitter.com/zGmDGlyh0M
— Eric Eisenberg (@eeisenberg) February 8, 2018
— Jenna Busch (@JennaBusch) February 8, 2018
#ANNIHILATION: This is the type of sci-if we always say we want to see. Bold, challenging, singular, visually dazzling. Would not be the least bit surprised to see it hailed as a masterpiece (and it might actually be one).
— Ben Pearson (@benpears) February 8, 2018
Annihilation is set for release on February 23rd.