The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival


Based on the first novel of Jeff VanderMeer’s best-selling Southern Reach Trilogy, Annihilation stars Natalie Portman as Lena, a biologist and former army soldier whose husband has disappeared while on a classified military ops mission.

When he miraculously returns after a year, but dying of a mysterious illness, Lena discovers he was inside Area X—a sinister and secret area off the coast where an inexpiable phenomenon dubbed “the shimmer” is expanding and seemingly overtaking everything in its path. Though no one has ever returned, Lena decides to join the next expedition team, a group of female scientists, in order to learn what is happening to her husband. Once inside of the shimmer, they discover a world of mutated creatures and a landscape as dangerous as it is beautiful, one that threatens both their lives and their sanity.

Written and directed by Alex Garland (Ex Machina, 28 Days Later), the 2018 sci-fi thriller, Annihilation, is a mind-bending and imaginative feature to be enjoyed at The Frida Cinema this April!

“Annihilation is an ambitious and intellectual film that matches its rich themes of environmentalism, memory, and self-destruction with visceral horror and an emotional sucker punch of an ending.” – Katie Goh, The Skinny

“It’s an odd, intoxicating film with a score that will invade your bloodstream, a breathtaking third act, and a puzzle-box ending that rewards multiple viewings.” – Sean Fennessey, The Ringer

“Annihilation is a visceral sensory experience that chills the blood and makes the skin crawl (literally), leading to a bravura conclusion that would make Tarkovsky proud and any jaw drop.” – Kambole Campbell, One Room With A View