The ‘Annihilation’ teaser had me.
Directed by Alex Garland, the book series sounded interesting and fans of it were excited about the teaser, the cast is awesome (Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Oscar Isaac, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Benedict Wong)… so what went wrong with the trailer?
Showing too much. From an interesting sci-fi film to a horror film. The horror audience is huge right now, and trailers jobs are trying to get butts in seats, but showing this manbearpig (if you get the reference high five!) and making it feel like Natalie Portman’s character always has a gun (which is not a good look for her) is just a disservice to the fans of the novel. Also, while I haven’t read the book, the internet masses say that this trailer shows you major things about the plot, although you wouldn’t know that if you haven’t read the book.
I was curious, now it’s losing my attention. Hopefully, things will go back with future trailers.
Annihilation releases February 23, 2018.