let's review: Extinction (2018)

Updated: Oct 19, 2021

Well, it's been a minute or two since I've been able to find the time to actually sit down and post something on here, but more so it's been a minute since I've been able to sit down and really watch a movie without getting distracted.

So, here were are at the end of the week with another film from Netflix that caught my eye! If you're looking for a sci-fi flick that takes a spin on the traditional "invaders" trope of the genre, then buckle up for:

EXTINCTION

Written by Spenser Cohen and Brad Kane, directed by Ben Young, the story follows a father, played by Michael Peña (Ant-Man, Crash, End of Watch), and the nightmares he's been gripping with as he's afflicted with images of impending death and destruction. His wife, played by Lizzy Caplan (Mean Girls, Cloverfield), attempts throughout the film to convince Peña's character that he needs help, if not for himself then for their daughters.


Throughout the film, it's a struggle for the viewer to understand just what's going through Peña's head as he continues to miss family gatherings and distance himself from friends and family alike. That is...until it all comes crashing down. Thrilling chase sequences, moments of the struggle between Peña's family and the invading parties, and all this while trying to decipher just exactly what's going on in his head.

Admittedly, I would have never guessed that the funny guy from Ant-Man and Janice from Mean Girls would team up to make such a power couple in this otherworldly experience. They each break out of their previous roles to bring forth a touching story of just how difficult it is to make a life for yourself when you feel so disconnected from the rest of the world around you.


Without giving too much away, I'll say that this film had a lot of undertones that played well into the social issues we face in reality. This constant conversation of the "others" of the world and how we find ourselves so similar, yet so different from each other really adds to the power of this film. By the end of it, I was wondering what the outcome of their decisions would be and if they'd actually make it to see a world where they could live peacefully.

So, if you're like me and you're looking for a great, easy film to jump into to pass the time, then Extinction is the one for you. With a solid twist, solid actors, and visuals that will keep you entertained for...well...at least 95 minutes, I highly recommend this Netflix Original.

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