DVD - 2018
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Biologist and former soldier Lena is shocked when her missing husband comes home near death from a top-secret mission into The Shimmer, a mysterious quarantine zone from which no one has ever returned. Now, Lena and her elite team must enter a beautiful, deadly world of mutated landscapes and creatures, to discover how to stop the growing phenomenon that threatens all life on Earth.


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I have yet to read the book and the movie makes it all the more necessary. The acting was quality, the effects were reasonable, and I did appreciate that they didn't spell out everything for the audience. I see this one as one likely to have staying power in the pantheon of science fiction movies... Read More »

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Nov 10, 2020

Movie was like Predator meets The Thing. Instead of Swartzenneggar or Russell it's Portman in the role of lead protagonist! Unique sci-fi scenario in this one for sure. I love the way Lena takes charge when the mutated alligator attacks. It took some courage for the proverbial Alice to go down into that alien rabbit hole as well to set things straight! All's well that ends well I guess! πŸ‘©β€πŸŽ“πŸ‘©β€πŸ”¬πŸ‘©β€πŸ³πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»πŸ‘©β€πŸš€πŸ²πŸ»πŸ¦ŒπŸŒ³

Nov 06, 2020

I recently re-read the book and decided to give the movie a shot. Both were pretty good (the book was better, as usual), but had little-to-nothing to do with each other. The location that about 85% of the book takes place in/around isn't even in the film. The other main location from the book is included, but it's function is completely different. Other than a plot point involving the main character's reason for volunteering for the mission, I would say that there are no similarities between the two. The ending is 100% different.

The film felt like it took place in the same world as the book, but with a different story and characters - a different tale from the same "universe". I'd say to read the book (all three from the trilogy are equally impressive), and then check out the film.

Oct 07, 2020

Solid movie, loved the cast and characters. The world they enter is fantastic and terrifying at the same time. Definitely more creepy and haunting than I had expected!

Sep 21, 2020

With Natalie Portman and Oscar Isaac, this otherworldly film cannot avoid the comparison to recent Star Wars movies. This masterpiece differs, though, through the occasional jump scare, beautiful and awe-inspiring scenery, and scientific buzz words. We follow our pack of four main characters as they traverse through the Shimmer - an extraterrestrial bubble that is spreading like the plague. The alluring biological phenomena found in the Shimmer can entice anyone, regardless of your feelings towards your high school bio class. If you’re looking for a psychological horror ending that will leave you pondering for days, I would recommend this movie to you.

ArapahoeElia Sep 15, 2020

I had to look up the creative team behind this movie after I watched it because it was just visually incredible. I haven't seen a lot of movies that can cover the spectrum of breathtakingly gorgeous to horrifically grotesque. I'm curious to read the book now because I just want to know what else is in this author's head that didn't make it into the movie. Definitely worth the watch!

Jul 06, 2020

A good film to watch during these times.
COVID 2020

May 11, 2020

We love the Annihilation mutant bear. We love when it screams like a human, don't we folks?

Apr 02, 2020

I found this to be one of the most memorable movies I've seen. It is strange and confusing and at times frightening, but never boring. I loved that the team was made up entirely of women, and that each and every one of them is realistic and unique and complex. They aren't decorated or made to look attractive. The mind behind the creation of this story was a creative one, and I think it's an excellent movie for when you're seeking something unlike what you normally watch.

Dec 30, 2019

Meh. Just watch the start, keep fast forwarding until closer to the end.

Dec 16, 2019

An interesting movie, the images and settings great. It'd been wondeful if the ending was different, as the whole "enemy hidden within, to continue on" thing is old hat, surely something more interesting could have been done? I do like that the alien entity didn't appear to have a specific ambition, only just navigating its own existence and discovery of its new circumstances and contact(s) made.

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Aug 16, 2019

"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Laos " (?)

The name of the book Lena reads as she and her husband (Oscar Isaac) sit before the (depressingly generic) fireplace.

Aug 05, 2018

This quote is not in IMDb:

Lena lectures in Johns Hopkins Med school class:

This is a cell. Like all cells, it is born from an existing cell. And by extension, all cells were ultimately born from one cell. A single organism alone on planet Earth, perhaps alone in the universe. About four billion years ago... one became two, two became four. Then eight, 16, 32. The rhythm of the dividing pair... which becomes the structure of every microbe, blade of grass, sea creature, land creature... and human. The structure of everything that lives... and everything that dies. As students of medicine, as the doctors of tomorrow, this is where you come in. The cell we're looking at is from a tumor. Female patient, early 30s, taken from the cervix.

Over the course of the next term, we will be closely examining cancer cells
in vitro and discussing autophagic activity.

Aug 05, 2018

This quote is one of many in IMDb (Thank you!!)

Lena: Why did my husband volunteer for a suicide mission?

Dr Ventress: Is that what you think we're doing? Committing suicide?

Lena: You must have profiled him. You must have assessed him. He must have said something.

Dr Ventress: So you're asking me as a psychologist?

Lena: Yeah.

Dr Ventress: Then, as a psychologist, I think you're confusing suicide with self-destruction. Almost none of us commit suicide, and almost all of us self-destruct. In some way, in some part of our lives. We drink, or we smoke, we destabilize the good job... and a happy marriage. But these aren't decisions, they're... they're impulses. In fact, you're probably better equipped to explain this than I am.

Lena: What does that mean?

Dr Ventress: You're a biologist. Isn't the self-destruction coded into us? Programmed into each cell?

Aug 05, 2018

This quote is one of many in IMDb:

Kane: I was just looking at the moon. It's always so weird seeing it like that in the daylight.

Lena: Like God made a mistake. Left the hall lights on.

Kane: God doesn't make mistakes. That's... somewhat key to the whole "being a god" thing.

Lena: Pretty sure he does.

Kane: You know he's listening right now, don't you?

Lena: You take a cell, circumvent the Hayflick limit, you can prevent senescence.

Kane: I was about to make the exact same point.

Lena: It means the cell doesn't grow old, it becomes immortal. Keeps dividing, doesn't die. They say aging is a natural process, but it's actually a fault in our genes.

Kane: I get really turned on when you patronize me. It's really hot.

Lena: Without it, I could keep looking like this forever.

Kane: Oh, okay. Well, that could constitute a mistake.

[kisses her]


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