In Annihilation (2018), there is a scene after the final bear attack where Lena and Josie are talking while sitting outside the house. If you look at Josie's arms, it looks like she is growing plants from them.

She informs Lena that she doesn't want to be part of Lena's nor Ventress' plan and then starts walking away into the trees. As this is happening, you can see Josie is turning into a plant.

Was it just happening already and she conceded or did she will it in some way? It seemed as if she made it happen by making a conscious choice.

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    She didn't. Lena didn't found her, just some other transformed.
    – Mithoron
    Commented Jun 10, 2018 at 22:03
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    @Mithoron What do you mean? Lena didn't "find her" because she had already transformed. You could clearly see her transforming as she was running away from Lena. Commented Jun 11, 2018 at 0:06

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Looking at Josie's dialogue in that scene:

Imagine dying frightened and in pain, and having that as the only part of you which survives. I wouldn't like that at all. Ventress wants to face it. You want to fight it. But I don't think I want either of those things.

her becoming part of Area X seems more like a passive lack of resistance, letting nature take its course, rather than an active will to join.

In the book the film is based on, there are frequent references to the biologist actively fighting the growing sensation inside her (the 'brightness'), strongly hinted to be her 'becoming' part of Area X, so this interpretation makes sense from the book's perspective:

The brightness infecting my senses had spread to my chest; I can describe it no other way. Internally, there was a brightness in me, a kind of prickling energy and anticipation that pushed hard against my lack of sleep. Was this part of the change? But even so, it didn’t matter—I had no way to combat what might be happening to me.


To keep the brightness in check, I would have to continue to become wounded, to be injured. To shock my system.


When I finally picked up my husband’s journal and started to read, the brightness washed over me in unending waves and connected me to the earth, the water, the trees, the air, as I opened up and kept on opening.

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