Best Alex Garland Movies, Ranked


Alex Garland is a British novelist, screenwriter and filmmaker born in 1970 to psychologist Caroline Medawar and political cartoonist Nicholas Garland. The elder Garland would later collaborate with his son on his 2004 novel The coma. Garland grew up in the UK, studied at the University of Manchester and graduated with a degree in art history. He became a household name in 1996 when his first novel was released. The beach. His first effort as a novelist was met with critical and commercial success, winning the Betty Trask Award in 1997 and earning him the reputation as the voice of “Generation X”. The beach was also adapted into a big movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio just four years after its release. The tremendous success of The beach was unexpected, and according to The Guardiansomething Garland never really got used to.

Garland would go on to produce several other successful projects throughout her career, many of them in the science fiction genre. His directorial debut in 2014 Ex-Machina earned him an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, as well as several other prestigious awards. His next project, the popular horror movie Men is slated for a theatrical release on May 20, 2022. If you’re a fan of this talented writer/director, you’re not alone, we’ve put together a list of the best projects Garland has been involved in in one capacity or another. . Here are the best Alex Garland movies, ranked.

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7 The beach

The beach is an adventure thriller based on Alex Garland’s 1996 novel of the same name. Unlike its literary counterpart, however, the film was not well received by critics despite performing well at the box office. Additionally, the film has been criticized for its deviations from the source material. For example, the film does not accurately portray the sentiment of the book, which portrays a negative attitude towards Western travelers’ sense of owning a piece of paradise. It was also criticized for sanitizing the film’s ending for mainstream consumption compared to the book.


6 Dred

Dred is a post-apocalyptic science fiction film based on the comic Judge Drdd created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra. The film is set in a dystopian future where law enforcement has complete authority as they battle a local drug lord who deals in reality-altering drugs. The film has become a cult classic among legions of source material fans. Star Olivia Thirlby has declared her interest in reprising the role for a potential sequel if she ever gets the green light.

5 Never let Me Go

In keeping with the dystopian theme, Never let Me Go is a screenplay adaptation by Alex Garland and Mark Romanek of Kazuo Ishiguro’s 2005 novel of the same name. The dystopian tragedy stars Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield as three childhood friends. The film follows the trio as they transition into adulthood. Once confronted with a dark secret, they find themselves trapped in a dangerous love triangle that threatens to tear the trio apart. The film received mixed reviews from critics on the success of the screenplay adaptation, however, was honored with several nominations and awards for performances from the cast.


4 Sun

Alex Garland wrote the screenplay for the 2007 film Sun which speaks of a futuristic world where the sun is dying and, with it, the earth. A team of eight astronauts (with Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne, Michelle Yeoh and Chris Evans, among others) must attempt a dangerous mission to revive the dying star with a nuclear bomb. The mission, however, is fraught with pitfalls as the future of all humanity hangs delicately in the balance. Sun reunites director Danny Boyle and Alex Garland, who also collaborated on The beachand 28 days later.

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3 Annihilation

Annihilation is a sci-fi horror film based on the source novel by Jeff Vandermeer. The film is written and directed by Alex Garland and stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson and Oscar Isaac. It tells the story of a group of scientists who volunteer to investigate an environmental catastrophe. The crew eventually enters a restricted area where they find plant and animal life fused together due to an alien presence. The film received critical acclaim for its marvel of visual wonders. Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times praised the film for its risk-taking, saying, “Congratulations to Garland and the cast, but kudos to Scott Rudin as well. Apparently you knew a masterpiece when you saw it, and you made sure we got to see it too.”


2 28 days later

Although there has been a longstanding debate among zombie fans abound over whether 28 days later actually constitutes a zombie movie, Alex Garland states that it is a zombie movie telling, Empire: “I’ve known for years and years that there have been debates about this. is a zombie movie or not it’s a zombie movie may or may not exist they’re pretty much zombies the movie is about a group of animal rights activists who unwittingly release a rabies virus on the population It is told through the eyes of four survivors in the aftermath of the outbreak as they come to terms with the collapse of society. 28 weeks later. Star Cillian Murphy said he would return for the franchise’s potential third installment.


1 Ex-Machina

Ex-Machina marks the critically acclaimed directorial debut of Alex Garland. The sci-fi film is about a computer programmer who wins an elite competition in which the prize tests the skills and awareness of Ava, a highly intelligent AI robot. Ava, however, is not to be underestimated and soon proves herself to be a force to be reckoned with. Ex-Machina was well received by critics, praising Garland’s clever and elegant take on the artificial intelligence thriller.


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