Director Alex Garland takes another ambitious shot at the sci-fi genre with his latest film, Annihilation. The film follows Natalie Portman as a research biologist who's husband has been missing for over a year while he was on a covert military operation. His return thrusts her into a connected assignment. She alongside several other military research experts must explore an alien entity called The Shimmer. Once inside this entity they encounter various genetically altered species of animals and plant life. The Shimmer is far more than it seems to be and Portman and her team are forced to reflect on their bizarre findings as well as fight for survival.