A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don't apply.

Director:

Alex Garland

Writers:

Alex Garland (written for the screen by), Jeff VanderMeer (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Natalie Portman ... Lena
Benedict Wong ... Lomax
Sonoya Mizuno ... Humanoid & Katie (Med Student)
David Gyasi ... Daniel
Oscar Isaac ... Kane
John Schwab ... Paramedic
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Dr Ventress
Gina Rodriguez ... Anya Thorensen
Tuva Novotny ... Cass Sheppard
Tessa Thompson ... Josie Radek
Sammy Hayman ... Mayer
Josh Danford ... Shelley
Kristen McGarrity ... Lena Double
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Storyline

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.

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One way in. No way out. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, bloody images, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Prior to its release, the film drew some criticism for the casting of Natalie Portman and Jennifer Jason Leigh as characters who are, in the books, described as Asian and half-Native American. Alex Garland explained that none of the five female characters' ethnicity is revealed in the first book, which is the only one of the trilogy he has read, and that the script was actually complete before the second book was published. He cast the characters based on his reaction only to the actors he met in the casting process, or actors he had worked with before. Because he wanted to take the story in his own direction, he did not read the other two books while making the film in order to not be influenced by them. See more »

Goofs

Characters repeatedly emphasize that going back along the shoreline would be easier. It would then have made more sense to send armored motorcades straight to the lighthouse instead of repeatedly sending soldiers to their deaths by crossing the wasteland on foot. It would then have been also possible to use wired communication devices instead of doomed radio-based walkies-talkies. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lomax: What did you eat? You had rations for two weeks. You were inside for nearly four months.
Lena: I don't remember eating.
Lomax: How long did you think you were inside?
Lena: Days. Maybe weeks.
Lomax: What happened to Josie Radek?
Lena: ...I don't know.
Lomax: What about Sheppard? Thorensen?
Lena: Dead.
Lomax: Ventress?
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Connections

Referenced in How Didn't This Get Made?: Hitherto Without Rama (2020) See more »

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Sex Music
Artist Beak> (as BEAK>)
Written and Performed by Billy Fuller, Geoff Barrow and William Young
Licensed courtesy of Invada Records UK 2017
Published by Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd
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Good sci-fi with refreshing touch. Enjoy it, don't intellectualise it.
18 March 2018 | by eyefordetailSee all my reviews

It's hard to find novel sci-fi these days, but this movie explored a few new directions that I found entertaining. The story is good and the execution carried and developed the suspense well. Sometimes a movie needs to be rated as how engaging it is, how it kept your attention and how it made you feel, not how many "plot holes" there are, how "logical" it was and such intellectual drivel. Enjoying a movie is like drinking a beer - you like it or you don't, but please don't give me a diatribe on the size of the bubbles and whether the colour is golden amber or light gold. Who cares? I enjoyed the movie and the acting and was engaged to the end. Which means in entertainment value: Goal achieved.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Annihilation See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,071,584, 25 February 2018

Gross USA:

$32,732,301

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,070,915
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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