The First Word Podcast - A Discussion on Alex Garland's 'Annihilation'

March 1, 2018

The First Word Podcast - Annihilation

"Did it communicate with you?" A surprise new episode of The First Word podcast is now available, for those who want to dive deep into the new science fiction thriller from filmmaker Alex Garland. Friends Alex Billington (@firstshowing) and Mike Eisenberg (@Eisentower30) team up to bring you a podcast providing in-depth discussion, analysis, and interviews about the latest movies, and some old ones too. For this episode, we needed to have a discussion about Alex Garland's Annihilation - what it all means, what's going on in the film, all the little details, leaving room for even more interpretations as well. Annihilation, starring Natalie Portman, is an extremely fascinating, exciting, intelligent sci-fi film that is truly worthy of in-depth discussion and analysis, so let's get things going by getting our thought out there. Listen in below.

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Awesome, this movie is about Self-Destruction. Human self-destruction from being an addict, suicidal, harming yourself, and cheating on your spouse,. etc. I can go on but I would be going into spoiler territory. Saw it twice and I enjoyed it. Also, the tattoo both Portman and Gina have are the same. It's a snake that consumes itself.

deerosa on Mar 2, 2018


Yeah, for sure, I think this is another angle to it.

Alex Billington on Mar 5, 2018


The Netflix guy said that Sheppard's line was "who I was once WITH." What?! Netflix guy couldn't be more wrong, needs new speakers. Needs to watch again. He probably was not giving the movie his whole attention at home. One reason why theater watching is so much better. Netflix guy got the movie totally wrong. Anyway... interesting that cancer was what other guy thinks the movie was about. I didn't see that but ya, that totally could be. I have a friend who thinks it's about coming to terms w/ one's pain and becoming a new person from that personal growth. This movie becomes more interesting the more I think of it.

juliuswillis on Mar 2, 2018


The idea of the movie reminds me of a place called the silent desert in mexico where nothing electrical works of any kind and any living creature or plant is very different!!

LV 426 on Mar 3, 2018


Hell yeah. Gladly listen to this one as I don't care about spoilers.

DAVIDPD on Mar 4, 2018

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