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We've all been there. Whether you're in a job interview and you aren't quite sure what the position pays or you're not entirely sure your colleagues should pitch the marketing campaign you've been working on because something just seems off, but you don't want to undermine your boss by asking questions and potentially lose your job, the fact is you should never be afraid to ask questions. And the sci-fi horror movie Annihilation (2018) is a perfect example of why we shouldn't stop, no matter who or what we are up against.
In the movie Annihilation (2018), Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman plays a biologist named Lena who is on a mission to find out what happened to her husband Kane (Oscar Issac), a sergeant and former Army Special Services soldier who mysteriously appears after a year-long disappearance on a secret military expedition. Naturally, Lena has a few questions. No, scratch that, she has a lot of questions like: Where were you and perhaps equally important, why are you acting so weird? More on the latter later. After a short warm reception of her once-thought-dead husband, things quickly turn life and death as Kane goes into shock. On their way to the hospital, a caravan of government officials intercepts their ambulance and takes them both into custody. For Lena, things were just getting started.
At Area X, Lena questions the psychologist, Dr. Ventress (Jennifer Jason Leigh), who is brought in to debrief her about her husband's condition and his whereabouts for nearly a year. Rightfully, Lena is unsatisfied with the explanations she is provided or lack thereof when she turns the tables on Dr. Ventress. Because of her curiosity about what happened to her husband while on that special mission into "the shimmer" and her expertise, Lena is recruited to join the current all-female team (which includes Anya Thorenson, a paramedic, Josie Radek, a physicist, Cass Sheppard, a surveyor and geologist, and Dr. Ventress) to investigate. It almost goes without saying that the trip into "the shimmer" was nothing short of drama, and as Lena said, it was "a suicide mission."
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While Annihilation (2018) is a thought-provoking movie about so many things, primarily life as we know it, it also reminds us that we should never stop asking questions, no matter what the cost. Like Lena in the movie, we have to pursue answers about the things that matter to us, especially as it relates to the ones we love. So, go forth and keep asking questions because you'll never get to the truth of the matter if you don't. Who knows, it may take you down a new path that you never quite imagined, which can be a good thing. And remember, the only "bad" question is the one that is never asked.