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.
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/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 that I wasn’t expecting; particularly in regards to the relationship between Latifah and Hall’s characters.
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 one 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.