When Lena first notices a bruise after a scrape with a mutated crocodile, it's forming on her forearm. Barry is a technologist who helps start-ups build successful products. And for the eagle-eyed viewers that did notice it, they had the proof for the twist ending at minute one. You might have noticed that briefly the psychologist's eyes are covered up when Lena first meets her. Lena is still inside and she verified that her blood contains the alien cells. Lena realizes that Ventress is going in too. Lena remembers telling Danieal that Kane has found out about their affair. Like Comic-Con. What makes it odd is how it appears and disappears on multiple characters, including Lena's teammate Anya Thorensen (Gina Rodriguez) and her husband, Kane (Oscar Isaac). She says this – “I needed to know what was inside the lighthouse. Is a lightfoot halfling obscured for the purposes of hiding while in the space of another creature? I think it’s an infinity ouroboros, meaning that the changing will never end. They play it to see the video of the guy with his guts moving like a snake. The tattoo is around from the beginning of the film. Next day Josie confirms from Lena that their cells have refracted. When the group stumbles upon a video camera with footage of what happened with Kane's expedition, they see the disturbing flaying of another soldier. This seems to be an underdeveloped copy of Lena, as whatever it is inside The Shimmer attempts to recreate her genetic structure. Kane sees the strange crystalline structures that have formed on the beach. Later, Lena meets Anya, Cassie and Josie. Now, this part is not really shown but we can assume that he entered the area that was first inhabited by the alien cells. Alien-Kane now finds his way outside the Shimmer. She asks him “You aren’t Kane are you?”. Annihilation is a Sci-Fi, Horror movie based on the book with the same name. This could be a mutation affected by the nature of the crystalline structure of salt and sand. Lena's tattoo in Annihilation of a snake wound in the infinity symbol, eating its own tail, appears multiple times throughout the film, but that's not what makes it strange. Just like the novel that inspired it, the film is at times incomprehensible, illogical, and hard to follow, although all intentionally so. What the film is going for becomes even more apparent when it reveals its final twist in the last couple seconds. No tattoo here, but there's something else. Dr. Ventress is brought in to profile and pick people to be sent into the Shimmer. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from thestaff@tvtropes.org. Anya was often seen without her jacket on, but this is the first time we see the tattoo on her arm as well. @TheLethalCarrot I thought it looked like ouroboros, but those are apparently circle-shaped in most cases so I decided not to use that terminology in the question. We don’t know what happened to them. You can see glimpses of the tattoo in the trailers. 2020 Bustle Digital Group. Annihilation is brought to us by Alex Garland who debuted with his direction of Ex Machina. She makes it to the beach. It even echoes his voice, but with a different accent from his. It’s amazing how cameras in films have their batteries last for a whole year, I can’t get mine to last 2 days. Looks like the alien cells need to be in the Shimmer to survive. Update your browser for more security and the best experience on this site. So that leaves the final scene, where Lena encounters ground zero of the event. Ventress says this – “I’d say you’re confusing suicide with self-destruction. She feels that Lena and Ventress may have lost their minds and killed Cass. Every product was carefully curated by an Esquire editor. While she feels that it has been days or weeks, it’s actually been months. Though we are shown that Lena is happily married to Kane, the nature of their relationship pushes her to cheat on her husband during his calls of duty. The forearm is an important body part in Annihilation, beyond the placement of the tattoo. All alien cells in the lighthouse burn up. The default programming of the alien cell seems to be to echo all other lifeforms. Kane, who is in love with his wife, eventually finds out that she has been cheating on him. It's possible that the tattoo was hidden in the first photo, or that its absence was a trick of the light or a production mistake, but those possibilities wouldn't explain how both her husband and Anya would also have the same tattoo. Eagle-eyed viewers, however, will note that Lena does not always have this tattoo on her arm. Cass is dead. That is just how water behaves on the surface of a glass. Everything is splicing up. Other characters directly affected by happenings in the Shimmer also sport the tattoo. While the "event" in the book is never explained, the opening of the film shows a meteor hitting the lighthouse, which is the setting of the climax of the movie. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at piano.io, Scotland Calls Bullshit on Trump's Connery Story, 5 Sean Connery Films That Aren't James Bond, Hollywood Mours Sean Connery: 'A Legend On Screen, Sean Connery Was So Much More Than James Bond, Sean Connery, Beloved James Bond Star, Dies at 90. Lena asks about Kane. As they proceed further, they find trees in the shape of people. How do you make a button that performs a specific command? Just then a mutated bear thingy rips through the fence. The symbol itself, a snake twisted into the infinity symbol eating its own tail, is known as an ourobos, and has had many different meanings over centuries. She’s cut her wrists several times in the past. From far away it looks like the number eight, but on closer inspection it looks more like a snake. Now this thing that we see on the glass of water, that’s not mutation. She thinks this is from the gator attack. Fangrrls is about kicking down doors, breaking boundaries and celebrating female fans with fun, witty and entertaining content. As Kane’s return from the Shimmer quickly results in him falling into a coma and showing signs of multiple organ failure, another team is sent inside. At the end, we see the actual Lena, but one who has already been greatly changed by The Shimmer. The mission he leaves for is the one to the Shimmer. All rights reserved. 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We also see a replica of this deer echoing all of its moves. Moreover, her cancer is going to kill her sooner or later. On the way to the hospital, a covert team from Southern Reach intercepts them and takes them to the base. Perhaps her will to get out is repressing the alien cells from acting in her. What spectral type of star has an absolute magnitude of exactly 0? Kane and his remaining team eventually reach the lighthouse by the beach. Kane goes in and doesn’t return. The symbol usually represents the cyclical nature of life, or the theory of the "eternal return," a concept about how all life will occur and reoccur until the end of time. The only difference is that they affect all living species. Considering what happens at the end of the film and the repeated idea that whatever is happening in the Shimmer isn't destroying life but is "creating something new," it's most likely the latter. While the previous expeditions were all led by soldiers, this is the first team consisting of all scientists: Lena the biologist, Ventress the psychologist, geomorphologist Sheppard, physicist Josie, and paramedic Anya. Much of Lena is also spliced with alien cells. This is actually people who have mutated into trees, we’re shown this later on. They halt for the night. Though it's difficult to see her left forearm, there don't appear to be any markings on Lena's arm in the first photo. However, when we flash back to Lena's time in the Shimmer and even before that, there is no tattoo. Lena proceeds into the hole in the ground. Lena proceeds further. Why does my front brake cable push out of my brake lever? This area looks vastly different from what you’d find in an underground cave on Earth. Lena meets Kane. Lena’s blood is harvested and spliced into this could to form a humanoid. Each cell divides to form a pair of cells after a period of time. When Lena shoots and kills it, they find that the gator has the teeth structure of a shark. They try to stabilize him but his vitals are declining. She’s accepted her physiological change. It could simply be because it’s physical echoing is complete. She narrates what she can remember and how the others were “gone” or killed. She gets mauled by the bear. At the core of it all, this place is alien. The alien teleports there, the bullet trails disappear into its body. Then the bear comes in screaming Cass’ “Help Me”. Some part of the being remains inside Lena, and Kane is actually just a copy of the real Kane. Distributed by Paramount Pictures, it was released on February 23 only in a few countries: US, Canada and China. Kane (Oscar Isaac) – A soldier. She decides to go in too. This slowly progresses to everything within the Shimmer and finally, everything burns to ash. So, the first time you spot it, you might think it's just something you overlooked before. The guy who was spread all over the wall in the pool also had one. Lena's journey into the Shimmer is motivated by the promise of scientific discovery, but also by finding out what happened to Kane. She later takes blood samples from it only to find that whatever is in the Shimmer has started to affect her DNA. Do give it a watch before reading further. Well, this is the climax of the film. She decides to cut Lena open to check her insides out when we hear Cass’ voice screaming for help. Cheers. I've seen a few other explanations, like this one that's far more scientific from Reddit: It's clear there are no solid "answers" to this movie. It’s not. Lena checks out her cells under her microscope. The film has an interesting concept and purposely leaves bits unexplained. He’s committed to their relationship. That includes her ink. Kane is at least outside the Shimmer so he may have been unaffected. Lena tries to attack it with the camera and it hits her right back – again mirroring her.