N A V I
G A T E

Home
A Brief Introduction
Years in Review
Films Ranked: 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005
Current Criticism
Search Criticism
Past Criticism
Top 10 Lists
Notable Short Films
Links
Contact Me

Extinction

Director:  Ben Young
Year Released:  2018
Rating:  2.0

Engineer and family man Peter (Michael Peña), married to Alice (Lizzy Caplan) and raising two daughters, keeps having nightmares about an impending invasion that is interfering with his sleeping schedule and daily life, until one day the bullets and missiles start pouring on them. Let me at least give this a tiny bit of credit to try something mildly creative - I did not see the 'twist' coming (think: knock-off Philip K. Dick), which changes everything that came before it ... although it takes a while to get there, so one has to slog through a cut-rate sci-fi movie (which masks its budgetary limitations pretty well) before the 'truth' is revealed. By the end, I wondered if it was a intended as a metaphor about immigrants/outsiders 'taking over the country' ... but I doubt the makers truly thought that far. Netflix: accumulating billions in debt for your lackluster 'entertainment.' Dun-dun!

Return to the Previous Page

© Copyright 2019 Matthew Lotti.