As a whole, the film will have three hidden time lines, namely: the time when the heroine is in the shimmer, the time in her mind's dream or memory and the time when she is interrogated.It can also be simply understood as "present, past and future".Therefore, when watching the whole movie, you need to recall the content of each part at any time and try to find the connection between them.Like "now" this point is the film's main point in time, take you understand the whole operation process, the "past" this point to help you to understand that men background story, and then the "future" this point is to help you to organize "now" the small details in this point in time, at the same time show the final result you think of the film.
Many people have said that Annihilation was similar to Arrival which was on last year. Strictly speaking, the rhythm was similar to the visual effects.But in terms of story metaphor and imagination, Arrival and Annihilation are two very different directions.Arrival explores the diversity of ways of thinking.Annihilation delves into the diversity of life refraction.Annihilation the beginning of the story, tells the story of an unknown object falling toward the coast of the United States of a lighthouse, created a bubble world, the human sent several waves before, have no return, the bubble is growing day by day, is a serious threat to mankind.After the five women formed an expedition team, into the bubble world, to decrypt the mystery inside.What's fascinating about the film is not the intensity of the fight, but the audience's imagination in exploring with the main characters, and the resolution of the core mystery.
The movie mentions the division law of cancer cells many times. At the beginning of the movie, Lina describes the division of a single cell, which is technically HeLa cell.
HeLa cells originated in the 1950s from a woman named hela who had cervical cancer.
Lena and her husband in the movie in the living room, read a book, is about hela cells, the title is called "hela forever."
Hela cells are characterized by immortality, infinite division down, and rapid reproduction, modern medical cancer research is very helpful, specific scientific explanation, especially long, big cong will not be launched.
The film borrows the division of hela cell to explain the principle of reproduction of bubble world.
As mentioned above, organic organisms in the bubble world, can be barrier-free hybridization, continuous fission, so as to achieve the "alien" themselves do not know what the purpose of life evolution.
To look at the bubble world of annihilation from another Angle, it is actually the microscopic cell world. Once animals and plants, including human beings, belong to normal cells, but one day an invader suddenly came, namely hela cell, resulting in the mutation of the whole cell world (bubble world).
Alien life forms, like hela cells, are immortal and mutate and multiply rapidly, causing a lot of strange things to happen.
Finally, the "hela cell", which represents alien life, successfully fused with the top-end cell "human" to achieve perfect replication and mutation, just like the two couples at the end of the movie, which is the result of mutation.
A transition to annihilation began immediately.
Some of the translating foreign film titles do not really touch me, but this time the name "Annihilation" is special literature and art, very consistent with the film expression image style.
"Annihilation" film surface events are alien species attack, resulting in the entire earth mutation, deconstruction, rebirth.
From a physical point of view, alien invasions are annihilating to species.
In terms of human nature, it is also annihilating. If we look back at the five female characters in the film, we can find the truth.
Lena, the surface marriage stability, but actually Lena and another professor cheating, and the husband actually already know.On the surface, their marriage was peaceful, but in fact, it was annihilated.
Dr. Ventress, the team leader, had no friends, no family, and had cancer herself, so her life was also annihilating.
Physicist josh, we can see that she has a lot of scratches on her arm, which suggests that she has a tendency to self-abuse, and she's also, deep down, very hurt.
Medical worker Anna, a former addict, also had a traumatic life.
The loss of her daughter, the geomorphologist cass, is also a major event in her life.
So these five women, in their own life experience, more or less there is annihilation and damage, which is just a side expression of the incomplete life, and the alien invasion, ironically solved this problem.
At the end of the film, Lena and her husband embrace, like a pair of rebirth lovers, the double-loop structure is tightly locked.
In addition, the film chose to fall alien life in the lighthouse, is also an ulterior motive, a lot of literary works, all use the lighthouse to metaphor life direction, metaphor spiritual direction, metaphor revolution direction and so on.
In the film, alien life falls on the lighthouse, which explains the direction of human evolution and changes from then on.
The soldiers in video, whose intestines squirm rapidly under the "shining" assimilation, are finally found on the swimming pool wall, bursting and fusing with colorful fungi.
Geomorphologist Keith's last-minute desperate cry for help is absorbed by the beast that bit her.The beast's throat lets out her screams, seducing her teammates.
Realizing the superiority of "flash" in life form, physicist Josie gives up the resistance, shows numerous self-mutilated arms and turns into a tree man.
Lena's husband, Kane, was more thoroughly naturalized.He stayed in X area for a whole year, with the body of the "flash" of long-term confrontation, the side of the comrades died one by one, finally decided to commit suicide, his sacrifice to the "flash".
This was not enough. He had to sacrifice his wife to flash.The cross-legged skeleton in the lighthouse is Kane, and the one that left section X is a copy of him.Lena stepped into a carefully designed trap: the whole body cancerous "husband" took her to the southern border war zone, psychologist ventress and induced her to take the initiative, into the X area.
Ventress is actually a clone, and for three years, she tricked fresh life into making sacrifices in area X.At the end of her cancer, ventress returns to zone X, merging with flash in annihilation.
One cell divides into two, then four, and new replicas are born.
Lena threw the phosphorus bomb into the hands of the replicator and escaped the lighthouse.
With her emotions and memories, the replicator stroked her husband's skull and crawled into the cave.The flames climbed up the lighthouse and spread throughout area X.逃出生天的，是莉娜，又不是莉娜。待在X区的短暂几天，已经改变了她的身体。她既是人类，又是融合了“闪光”的新人类。