Directed by Ben Young and starring Michael Peña, Mike Colter and Lizzy Caplan, Extinctionis a Netflix sci-fi thriller where a father’s recurring nightmare showing his family in grave danger becomes a reality.
What I’d really have loved to write at this point is that the tide has finally turned and at last we have a really good Netflix movie. Instead, the very best I can really say about Extinction is that the film’s full premise which quite rightly isn’t really completely revealed to the audience until towards the last third of the movie is exciting. When the revelation did finally come, I certainly hoped that I would have been more delighted.
The acting isn’t bad but the reason I found the all important revelationvery underwhelming has a lot to do with the story / structure and the budget. I feel as though the story needed more development, particularly in regards to how a thriller could still be thrilling considering the unavoidable constraints linked to the specific nature of the story and the nature of the main characters involved. In that way perhaps Extinction wouldn’t have felt quite as hollow as it did to me.
I’m disappointed because instead of celebrating the film’s great execution, I’m left wondering how good such an exciting and relevant idea could have been in the hands of different people.
Watch it if you must. Otherwise there’s Minority Report (2002), which isn’t particularly similar to Extinction, but it is undoubtedly good.
Extinction, a new Ben Young directed sci-fi / thriller about a father’s recurring nightmare showing his family in grave danger becoming a reality. The nightmare comes true when the planet is suddenly invaded by a highly destructive force and so the fight for their lives begins.
Michael Peña, Mike Colter, Lizzy Caplan star…
I’m probably being way too optimistic here but I’m interested because I want an explanation for why he could see the future. I’d love a twist in the story. For example, is he linked to the invaders somehow? My fingers are crossed for a worthy Netflix movie.
Emma Booth, Israel Broussard, Tom Riley and Georgia Goodman also star
The film’s main stars Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish all got to shine in their respective roles. However, as everyone has been saying, it is indeed Haddish who absolutely stole the show with her loyal and rather ‘out there’ character – thanks no doubt to her impressive comic timing and delivery.
Girls Trip features a healthy amount of outrageous fun to keep you engaged. As hilarious as it all was, what I loved most about this movie is the way the story of love and general sisterhood between the four friends is handled. A sisterhood enriched with a certain level of realism, particularly in regards to the relationship between Latifah and Hall’s characters, that I wasn’t expecting.
I liked that New Orleans was the setting for this story, if only because it reminded me that I need to make it to that place on day. The setting and the music also had me thinking of Chef (2014), a movie I love and recommend, not just because part of it is also set in New Orleans.
Watch Girls Trip because there’s truth in all the positive feedback.