Sunday, May 1, 2016

Movie review: Extinction

Nine years ago the zombie apocalypse became a reality and since then Patrick, Jack, and their daughter Lu have managed to stay hidden and survive. Finally venturing back into the world they find that the zombie virus has mutated to survive and a new, even more dangerous breed of hungry undead is roaming the planet.

Matthew Fox (Patrick), Jeffrey Donovan (Jack), Quinn McColgan (Lu), Valeria Vereau (Emma), Jeremy Wheeler (Bus Driver).

Extinction begins wonderfully, throwing us in the middle of a fast moving zombie virus outbreak in some of the worst situations imaginable. From there the film settles into a lethargic pace with character development and focus on a dramatic parallel plot line that really isn't that interesting. Toward the end of the film the action picks back up a bit, we finally see more zombies, and things finish pretty well.

Acting was interesting, if nothing else, with the energy between Fox and Donovan not quite feeling right. Fox delivered nicely and sold his role well. Donovan was okay, but a bit low on the energy scale and his character didn't translate very well. McColgan, with an engaging smile, presented very well. The remainder of the supporting cast was solid.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were nicely done throughout. The residences and living situation were good with nice detail. CGI and action scenes were good, particularly zombie action and movement which was well done and nicely creepy. Dialogue was okay but could have had more depth and explained some things better. Sound and soundtrack were okay.

Overall Extinction is an enjoyable and interesting zombie flick, if you are okay with plot holes, weak dialogue, a focus on drama, and a lack of zombie action. Then you will enjoy it a lot! For most of the rest of us this one will fall a bit short.

With plenty of disturbing images and adult situations, violence, and gore, older teens and above should be fine with this one.

Released: 2015
Reviewed: 4.25.16
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Horror, Zombies, Zombie Horror, Sci-Fi Thriller, Sci-Fi Horror

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