Genre:  Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Running Time:  115 min.
Release Date: February 23, 2018
DVD: May 29, 2018
Blu-ray: May 29, 2018
Netflix: September 30, 2018

Current rating: Rating: 3.00
based on 250 votes and 80 reviews
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Cast: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, Oscar Isaac


When her husband Kane (Oscar Isaac) goes missing during a top-secret military operation, biologist and Johns Hopkins professor Lena (Natalie Portman) is surprised when one day he just shows up at their home. Unable to tell her what happened or how he got there, Kane suddenly begins to bleed. He's taken to a military facility, but his prognosis doesn't look good. 

When Lena is asked to join a four-woman team led by Dr. Ventress (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and comprised of paramedic Anya Thorensen (Gina Rodriguez) anthropologist Cass Sheppard (Tuva Novotny) and physicist Josie Radek (Tessa Thompson) on a scientific expedition into an area that is known as "The Shimmer," she decides she has nothing to lose and possibly much to offer, so she agrees. What they find there is a lush and haunting terrain of mutated landscapes and creatures that present deadly creatures and shocking discoveries. 

Based on Jeff VanderMeer's bestselling novels Southern Reach Trilogy.

Director: Alex Garland
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Producer(s): Scott Rudin, Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich, Eli Bush
Screenplay: Alex Garland
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  • 1 star "I was bored out of my mind. I watched it on Netflix and had to fast forward through a lot of it. Blah!"
  • 2 stars "The only saving grace is the CGI of this movie. The story had potential, the story take on a wired overcomplicated turn and simply loses the audience. It's a fun ride if you are into B movies style stories. Ultimately forgettable."
  • 2 stars "This was a very disturbing movie in many ways. Love conquers all. Who was really real anyways? We had to watch it several times because the story jumps around a lot. There were too many gaps in the story line."