Director Alex Garland returns to high-concept sci-fi with his latest film, Annihilation. We explore what happened to Lena (Natalie Portman) in the ending and what it means for the Shimmer as well as future adaptations of Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy.

Annihilation follows Lena, who’s still grieving her husband, Kane (Oscar Isaac), who left on a covert mission on year prior and never returned. When Kane mysteriously returns one day, he and Lena are taken in by the organization known as Southern Reach and brought to a location only known as Area X. From there, Lena is told about the Shimmer, an unknown phenomena that began when a lighthouse was struck by something and has been spreading for three years. Though ...

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