Alex Garland’s Annihilation movie adaptation has begun screening for the press and the first wave of reactions to the film are extremely positive. Garland’s second directorial effort after the Oscar-winning Ex Machina, Annihilation is a mashup of science-fiction thriller, mystery, and horror based on the first installment in author Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach novel trilogy. VanderMeer has already praised Garland’s Annihilation for being even “more surreal” than his source material and having what he has referred to as a “mind-blowing” ending – an ending that is likewise drawing praise in the first wave of social media reactions to the film.

In terms of plot, Annihilation revolves around a biologist (Natalie Portman) who sets out ...

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