Directed by Ben Young; starring Michael Peña, Mike Colter and Lizzy Caplan; Extinctionis a Netflix sci-fi thriller. One where a father’s recurring nightmare showing his family in grave danger becomes a reality.
What I’d love to be writing at this point is: ‘The tide has finally turned. At long last, we have a good Netflix movie‘. But instead, the very best I can say about Extinction is that the full premise, which isn’t completely revealed until towards the last third of the movie, is exciting. It’s just unfortunate that when the revelation finally comes, you may not find yourself as thrilled and or delighted, story-wise as you might have imagined.
The acting isn’t bad, but I found the all-important big revelation very underwhelming, thanks to the story structure/edit and no doubt, the low budget. The script definitely needed more development because ‘hollow’ is how Young’s movie felt. Instead of me celebrating a well-executed movie that had a brilliant premise, I’m left thinking about how big a missed opportunity Extinction has turned out to be.
Watch it if you absolutely must. Otherwise, there’s Minority Report (2002); which isn’t very similar to Extinction, but it is undoubtedly a good movie.
I remember watching Neighbors (2014) and not liking it enough to write anything meaningful. I wasn’t in love with the Neighbors 2 – Sorority Rising trailer either at first, but it grew on me after a week.
Fast forward to now having seen the sequel, the film suffers from the dreaded sequel disease of repetition. Though certainly not to the levels that My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2did this year, suffer it certainly does. As per the original movie, this one too was directed by Nicholas Stoller.
None of the performances by the stars including Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, Dave Franco or Chloë Grace Moretz were bad. I just wasn’t much amused. In fact I’m quite certain that most of my laughing happened during theNeighbors 2 trailer.
Try as I must, I managed to find something I enjoyed about the movie and that is the message(s) at the end – however forced they may have felt.
I’m starting to wonder why it is that I seem to find myself enjoying Rogen’s Newer work less and less. I wasn’t even able to make it through the first third of The Night Before (2015) before needing to bail because I didn’t buy into any of the character’s actions. Am I simply getting too old and therefore no longer the target market? Have I watched so many of his movies / movies in general that very little is new to me any more? Has my taste simply changed…?
All I know at this point is that whatever the answer, thank goodness for the early work.
Wonderful French actress Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt have a new movie. Set in 1942 during the second world war and directed by Robert Zemeckis, at the centre of Allied is the relationship between Marianne Beausejour, a French Resistance Fighter (Cotillard) and Intelligence Officer Max Vatan (Pitt)…
Looks like Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2007) on a higher level and maybe even more badass.
Lizzy Caplan, Matthew Goode, Raffey Cassidy and Charlotte Hope also star.
Now You See Me 2, the sequel to 2012’s slick and clever Now You See Me is coming and the trailer promises more seemingly impossible illusions and tricks from the The Four Horsemen…
Directed by Jon M. Chu; Daniel Radcliffe, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Morgan Freeman, Lizzy Caplan, Dave Franco and Michael Caine return along with Mark Ruffalo for more action magic and thrills.
I’m looking forward to plenty, including the character played by Daniel Radcliffe.
First the New York city premier of Seth Rogen and James Franco’s highly anticipated film, The Interview (2014) was cancelled. Now Sony confirms that the movie has been pulled from overall release, thanks to a threat of terror upon cinema goers from the hackers responsible for a cyber attack on Sony Pictures.
People are talking about how outrageous it is that Sony would bow down to threats of terror and what all this means for freedom of expression. It isn’t great, but the overall answer seems simple to me. I personally doubt that Sony had any plans to cancel release. that is until the top three cinema chains in the U.S. pulled out of showing the film at all.
Without the necessary distribution network in place, there isn’t really any choice. Maybe things would have been different if Sony had their own chain of cinemas.
As a massive movie fan and an advocate of the comedic work of Rogen and Franco, I’m certainly hugely disappointed. Somehow though, I get the feeling that this is not the end of The Interview. As Judd Apatow put it:
“This only guarantees that this movie will be seen by more people on earth than it would have before. Legally or illegally all will see it.”