Annihilation (2018)


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Genres:  Adventure | Drama | Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Country:  USA

Language:  English

Runtime:  1h 55min

Director:  Alex Garland

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

Stars:  Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson

Taglines:  Fear What’s Inside

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)
Rated R for violence, bloody images, language and some sexuality


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.


It’s been already twelve months since his last covert operation, and the rugged military, Kane, is still missing in action, presumed dead. With his wife–the successful academic biology professor, Lena–still grieving him, an unprecedented phenomenon in the swamplands of Florida will soon have her following in Kane’s footsteps, as a member of a strong all-women team. So many theories try to explain the mysterious ever-expanding iridescent membrane which swallows the area; however, none was able to yield facts. What kind of startling biological transmutations lurk behind this bright and colourful kaleidoscope of horrors? In the end, what did Kane see?

At “Area X”, a government facility on the southern coast of the US, Lena, a cellular-biology professor and former soldier, is in quarantine. She undergoes a debriefing about a four-month expedition into an anomalous iridescent electromagnetic field dubbed “the Shimmer”, of which she and her husband, Kane, are the only survivors. In flashback, Kane, an Army Special Forces soldier, appears in their home after having disappeared on a mission nearly a year ago. He remembers nothing of that time and suddenly falls very ill. A government security force intercepts Kane’s ambulance and transports him and Lena to Area X, near where the Shimmer had begun to spread three years earlier..

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