Extinction (2015) Movie Review

Simon Rother

Extinction PosterThe end of the world is nothing we want to be witnesses of. Having to live next door to someone you despise during this apocalypse must make it all the more difficult. The post-apocalyptic “Extinction” made its world premiere at Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival.

Nine years have passed since a virus has turned practically everyone into crazed, rabid creatures. The world has been overtaken by freezing temperatures and it has been years since the ferocious cannibals have been seen, having seemingly frozen and died from the harsh weather. Jack (Jeffrey Donovan; TV’s “Burn Notice”; “Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2”) has barricaded himself into a well-secured house with his daughter, Lu (Quinn McColgan; “Non-Stop”). Across from them lives Patrick (Matthew Fox; TV’s “Lost”; “World War Z”).

Jack and Patrick do not talk, as Jack seems to hold a grudge against his him, despite having known each other before things went bad. Jack won’t allow his daughter to talk to him, nor approach him, focusing solely on protecting her and making sure she gets a proper education. Lu has never seen any other kids, having been holed up in the house almost since birth.

Patrick, for his part, has focused solely on surviving: going out to salvage/hunt for food with his dog, letting his hair and beard grow long, drinking on end, and sending out messages to other potential survivors via radio waves. However, something is wrong out there. The creatures that were believed to have perished are still alive, and they have evolved. Things are about to go from bad to worse.

Solid performances from Donovan and Fox, in addition to the young, yet mature, McColgan, give credibility to “Extinction”. The tightly-knit relationship between father and daughter is heartfelt and genuine. Matthew Fox’s distraught character is far from his character in “Lost”, showing us how varied his arsenal of acting skills can be. Gorgeous shots of scenery and great camera shots during action scenes add to the beauty of the film, despite the ugliness that has ravaged its world. The special effects on the cannibalistic creatures are impressive and have you examining the details of their faces every time you can get a glimpse of them.

The post-apocalyptic storyline here is “déja-vu”, obviously. There are moments where not much occurs, although character relationships after 9 years of isolation is displayed and developed. However, the evolution of the creatures adds a nice twist to things and the backstory of Jack and Patrick is another element to appreciate.

A decent movie that has you reminiscing “30 Days of Night”, what with the devastation created by the ferocious creatures and the freezing weather. A flick worth watching for its superb camera shots, great performances, and as a post-apocalyptic movie all-around, deserving 4 stars out of 5.

4 / 5 stars     


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