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What does the end of Annihilation (2018) mean?

The movie Annihilation (2018) has a pretty confusing ending with lots of interpretations. What happened to Lena? What was the significance of the mirroring alien? How does the ending tie in to the themes seen throughout the rest of the movie? Who is the Kane we see at the end of the movie?


    Annihilation: The Alienation of Desire

    Analyse and discuss the idea of an "antagonist" without desire, as seen in Alex Garland’s Annihilation. The alien being seen in the film is described as "not wanting anything" and displays strange mimicking behaviour, only reacting to the actions of others. However, its arrival heralds the imminent destruction of life on Earth. How can one reason with such a being? How can you relate to an antagonist that has no desire? How does this lack of motivation affect the characters’ actions? How does it affect the viewers’ reactions?

    • I like this topic quite a bit, actually. I found the movie to be fascinating, and I think this could make for a very strong article. – ValleyChristion 6 years ago
    • Please note this is currently a pending article that should appear for release in Aug/Sept. So if wanting to engage with the topic wait until that article is produced, review and consider before attempting another article. – SaraiMW 6 years ago
    • Very rich topic and it seems from the get go you have a strong sense of which questions the film was trying to explore. Having a set of well articulated questions, particularly ones that deal with a central issue to human life such as desire can make itself a worthwhile piece of literature. I imagine you are already likely doing this, but to give your article the most strength I would ground your exploration of this topic in theory - literary, philosophical, visual - or contemplate these questions in relation to another work that tackles them in a different way. One of the topics here I would be genuinely interested in reading. – liviamargon 6 years ago