Extinction Review: Something Isn’t Quite Right

Clever and engaging Sci-Fi with a minor flaw

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Extinction is the latest Sci-Fi movie to be released exclusively for Netflix.

Sci-Fi is having a major resurgence at the moment and for once it isn’t choosing to dumb itself down. Something we are very thankful for. We’ve had great movies like Annihilation and brilliant series’ like Star Trek: Discovery and The Expanse. All of which proved that the studios are willing to make thought-provoking, intelligent material again.

Extinction is an impressive film, it’s not going to win any awards but it sets its bar fairly high.

Minor spoilers ahead so turn back now if you don’t want to know.

Not so mundane

Extinction follows a factory worker called Peter, played by Michael Pena (American Hustle, Crash), he’s got a good life and a family to look after.

Suddenly, he starts to have visions of the future and they aren’t good. His wife Alice, played by Lizzy Caplan (Cloverfield, Hot Tub Time Machine), thinks he’s going crazy and tells him to get help or she’s leaving him. Not very supportive we must say.

Unfortunately, his visions of an alien invasion and the destruction of the Earth aren’t entirely wrong and things go south quickly.

Twist

Now we don’t want to give too much away as we think you should definitely watch this movie but what we will say is that his visions aren’t exactly what they seem. Things get turned on their head regularly, in fact, this movie is packed with plot twists, all of which add to its charm.

Cinematically this is a very accomplished piece of work, the futuristic setting is brilliantly portrayed and the “alien” craft and soldiers are excellent.

The cast is decent too, as well as Pena and Caplan it also stars Mike Colter (Luke Cage, Million Dollar Baby), Emma Booth (Glitch, Gods of Egypt), Lex Shrapnel (Captain America, Flyboys) and two brilliant child actors Lilly Aspell (Wonder Woman) and Amelia Crouch (Alice Through the Looking Glass).

This is a thoroughly gripping and entertaining film that keeps you guessing and really draws you into its world. We were genuinely glued to the screen but it has a major downfall. In fact, it has a downfall that actually left us feeling annoyed at the end of the film.

Extinction event?

So, what was the issue? Well, it just ends, inexplicably at a weird time. We don’t say this very often but this movie needed to be about another hour longer. It ends after a really dramatic scene and at a point where you really want to know what happens next and how the whole situation is going to be resolved. All we get is a sudden monologue over the top of a scene that should lead somewhere.

Our only real hope is that it’s going to have a sequel to resolve it as we can’t think of any other way that they could have thought it was a good idea to end there.

Despite this glaring issue we genuinely enjoyed the film. Like we said, it isn’t groundbreaking and it won’t win any awards but it’s thoroughly entertaining and at times enthralling.

We certainly recommend watching it, even if it does end annoyingly.

Extinction is available to watch now on Netflix.

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