• 2018
  • UK / US
  • 1h 55min
  • Directed by: Alex Garland
  • Cast: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Oscar Isaac
  • UK release: 12 March 2018

Lena (Portman) is a biologist with a military background who joins an all-female expedition led by Leigh as they investigate ‘The Shimmer’, an area which has been impacted by a meteor and which keeps growing in size. The dreamy ambience of Jeff VanderMeer’s book is intact, but Garland keeps up an intense mood of looming danger and thrilling discovery.

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