Warning! Spoilers to follow for Annihilation. Come back later if you haven't seen it yet.
It may only be late February, but it's fairly easy to predict that by the end of 2018 will still be calling Alex Garland's Annihilation one of the headiest films of the year. The movie truly pulls no punches when it comes to science-fiction weirdness, coming together with a very 2001-esque finale, and it's guaranteed that audiences will spend years watching it and scratching their heads regarding certain confusing elements. Fortunately, for those of you who don't quite get it, we're here to help.
In this feature, we've collected five major questions that you may be asking after seeing Annihilation, and provide answers that we think should help explain exactly what it is that goes down inside the walls of The Shimmer. Read on, and be sure to leave your own thoughts and interpretations in the comments section below!
What happened to Kane?
The mystery of what happened to Kane (Oscar Isaac) behind the walls of The Shimmer is really what drives the entire plot of Annihilation, given that it's the information that Lena (Natalie Portman) is on the hunt for almost the full film. Unfortunately, it's not a question with a super happy answer. For starters, the thing that looks like Kane that arrives home at the start of the movie definitely isn't Kane -- it's a duplicate created by The Shimmer -- and the reality is that the real guy actually met a very violent end.
Like the team that is prominently featured in the film, Kane and his men were sent by Dr. Ventress (Jennifer Jason Leigh) to go to The Lighthouse and discover the cause of The Shimmer -- but also like the team that is prominently featured in the film, the mission doesn't go super well. The cell-altering effects of the alien presence doesn't sit too well with the soldiers/scientists, and as evidenced in videotapes they wind up kind of losing it as their bodies change in excessively strange ways. Kane is the only member who winds up actually making it to the end, but as seen on the camcorder in The Lighthouse he doesn't complete his mission. Instead, his confrontation with his duplicate instead forces him to lose all sense of self, and he commits suicide with a phosphorous grenade.