Alex Garland’s Annihilation is the kind of movie that begs to be explored—it’s a multi-layered masterpiece with themes that run much deeper than what we see on the surface. And within Garland’s beautiful and haunting world is a story about destruction, whether it’s to ourselves or an unavoidable fate that in the end gets us all. While the film itself can be interpreted a number of ways—like any great story—one constant is Garland’s brilliant visual style. His ability to create a world that is both stunning and terrifying is second to none, which is why Rory Kurtz’s piece is so damn perfect.
There are no amount of words that would do justice to Kurtz’s take on Annihilation—somehow he captures Garland’s complex film in a single image that encapsulates everything mentioned above. It’s no doubt a gorgeous print, but behind its stunning beauty is a haunting sense of destruction. Perfect in every way.