Extinction (2015)

extinctionDirector: Miguel Angel Vivas

Writer: Miguel Angel Vivas, Alberto Marini (Screenplay) Juan de Dios Garduno (Novel)

Starring: Matthew Fox, Jeffrey Donovan, Quinn McColgan, Valeria Vereau, Clara Lago, Eduardo Fedriani

 

Plot: And suddenly, overnight, the world came to a halt. Two men, two survivors, one kid, and hatred that separates them. A place forgotten by everyone, including the creatures that inhabit the Earth… until now.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Impressive Horror

 

Story: Extinction starts as we follow two buses with military personal moving civilians before a sudden stop shows the enemy they are against, a blood thirsty creature almost vampire mixed with zombie. The attack leaves on Patrick (Fox), Jack (Donovan) and baby Lu belonging to one of them left alive.

Nine years later we find Patrick living opposite Jack on a none speaking terms while Jack is trying to raise his daughter Lu (McColgan) in a world with just the three of them alive. We don’t know what has happened between Jack and Patrick but that is the reason why they don’t talk. When Lu sees one of the creatures trying to get into the safety house the three learn they may not be alone anymore but the danger has returned and the two men have to put their difference behind them to protect Lu from the evil in the world.survirs

Extinction is a film that could have gone down as something very routine but does something very different. We skip most of the aftermath of the attack and see something has happened between the men but only as the film unfolds we learn the truth. We also are left guessing which one is actually the father of Lu. The drama between the men does really help the story get driven because the horror is almost forgotten at times showing that the time the film is set person issue will need to be put aside when surviving is most important. I do think we have a few issues with character decisions but otherwise this is very engaging.

 

Actor Review

 

Matthew Fox: Patrick is one of the two me that have survived all these years and what seemed like they were friends soon shows they are actually enemies now. He lives in isolation but opposite Jack & Lu as we see him being the guy trying to communicate with anybody while being more adventures with his hunting. Matthew is good in this role where he almost plays three different characters through his character’s development in the film.

Jeffrey Donovan: Jack was once friends with Patrick but no enemies while Jack is trying to raise Lu in this empty world. He has a much more cautious approach compared to Patrick but not listening to Lu could be the downside of all of their safety. Jeffrey is good in this role where he does create a real tension between his character and Matthew’s.

Quinn McColgan: Lu is the daughter of Patrick who was only a baby when the attack happened where her mother died trying to save her. She is getting increasingly frustrated about not being allowed to leave the house but has to protectors in the world. Quinn is great in this role even if the character makes some bad decisions.

Support Cast: Extinction doesn’t have the biggest supporting cast but the few we do meet do a good job.

Director Review: Miguel Angel VivasMiguel does a great job with this film with a story that keeps us on edge for the whole journey.

 

Horror: Extinction uses the creatures to create the horror along with the idea that our world is gone from where we once knew it to be.

Sci-Fi: Extinction puts us into a post-apocalyptic world where we never fully know what caused it.

Settings: Extinction puts us into the setting where snow has taken over the world making everything look very bleak.
Special Effects
: Extinction does have a few issues with the special effects as you could see the CGI very easily but I do think it will be to keep it in the comic book tone.

Suggestion: Extinction is one film that really surprised me so I will be suggesting it to everyone. (Watch)

 

Best Part: The Conflict between Patrick and Jack.

Worst Part: Certain moments make you wonder how they survived this long.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: Maybe in a couple of places.

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 52 Minutes

Tagline: They are the last

Trivia: They filmed in Budapest due to its snowy winter, but it turned out to be the first winter in over a decade with no snow at all.

 

Overall: Surprisingly emotional filled horror thriller.

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Opinion Battles Round 19 – Favourite Romantic Comedy

Opinion Battles Round 19

Favourite Romantic Comedy

Romantic Comedies have become the go to date movie where we get to see how people go about getting into relationships. We have had some of the most iconic storylines in recent years and decades with people being able to relate to certain characters involved in the films and this is why they are so popular. Today we are going to be picking our favourites out there, so let’s see what we got.

If you want to take part in the next round of Opinion Battles the subject will be Favourite Clive Owen role which I know is a very small selection but we could get some strange choices. The deadline for this choice is 1st October 2016 and email your choices to moviereviews101@yahoo.co.uk.

Darren – Movie Reviews 101

500 Days of Summersummer

500 Days of Summer is not a love story but a story about love which makes it stand out from the romantic comedy genre we get to see the course of a relationship with the meeting, the good times, the bad times and the end. We get to see both sides of the relationship as well as seeing how both are effected by certain parts. The expectations v reality scene is a stand out role for the whole film and the performance come off natural throughout. You will laugh at moments but you will also feel which is why this is such a stand out romantic comedy.

Kim – Tranquil Dreams

While You Were sleepingsleeping

I love romantic comedies so narrowing my choice to one favorite was hard.  Audrey Hepburn and Meg Ryan are top contenders with their movies but nothing quite beats the pure joy of watching Bill Pullman and Sandra Bullock in While You Were Sleeping.  Not to mention, it can pass as a holiday movie also.  Its a little silly and a lot of fun.  Its romantic and funny and that is in essence what makes a romantic comedy and While You Were Sleeping embodies a perfect balance of both of those aspects. 

 

Rob – Movie Rob

When Harry Met Sally

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Daniel – Dellens 456

Breakfast at Tiffany’sbreakast

I love this film. Audrey Hepburn is amazing, it never drags on  which is something a lot of rom coms do (I’m looking at you Mamma Mia) and it is so beautifully human. Some may argue that it s racist bug  I’ve seen much more racist stuff in my time. Apart from that, this is a beautifully human film that I would watch again in a heartbeat. 

 

Cinema Parrot Disco

The Princess Bride

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What’s my favorite romantic comedy? I struggled a bit with this one as I immediately thought of the phrase “rom-com”, which made me think of the kind of thing that Hugh Grant or Kate Hudson would star in. Yuck. That’s not my sort of thing at all! Then the hubby pointed out that one of my favorite movies of all time can be considered a “romantic comedy”.  Oh yeah… I guess it is! Silly me. It’s just so damn good that I didn’t even think of it. It defies all genres! It’s not just some “movie”. It’s, like, a best friend or something! 😉 So my favorite romantic comedy is The Princess Bride. It’s one of the greatest things in the history of mankind. That’s definitely my answer. 🙂

 

Emma – Emma Explains It All

Love Actually

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This is without doubt the only ‘classic’ romantic comedy film I absolutely ADORE. I don’t know what it is about it that makes it shine so much brighter than the rest but it’s so great and so lovely. It makes me laugh and cry every time I watch it.

 

There’s not a single story in the film I don’t enjoy, though Colin Firth proposing in the Portuguese restaurant is my favourite scene. I love all the characters and their respective plights (though for some outrageous reason I always want to punch Keira Knightley when she’s wearing the floppy, velvet hat. This is irrational and I apologise).

 

Basically though, Love Actually is like a warm cup of tea – irresistible and comforting and I’ll always enjoy watching it. Fantastic cast as well. 

 

Kevin – The Mental Attic

When Harry Met Sally

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I usually hate romcoms, because they’re all the same, but you can’t hate this one. It has something that is missing from most romcoms, the comedy part. It’s genuinely funny and it’s because of the personalities of the characters and the chemistry between actors. Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal also do something that I often feel is impossible in romcoms: the romance and relationship feels natural. And the best of it is that it starts from them being friends, building a solid relationship from where more complex feelings evolve. The bickering and chats about their relationships is great, as is the initial discussion of why men and women can’t just be friends. 

It’s a wonderfully written and phenomenally performed comedy. 

 

Damien Riley – Riley Central

Say Anythingsya

A favorite romantic comedy of mine is also a coming of age film: ‘Say
Anything.’ It has it all: Lloyd is the kickboxing, tragically hip 18
year old looking to date Diane Cort, the girl who’s been accepted to
more schools than you can shake a stick at. He feels self-conscious
like he isn’t worthy of her but ultimately, he decides he’s going for
it. I love that message. Of course, in real life he might be
considered to be stalking when he doesn’t give up. Still, it works
well in the story. I love the themes in this film, there are so many
feelings pulsing through our veins after graduation. This gets them
all flying in formation and gives us an underdog Romeo to cheer for.

Rachel – 54 Disney Reviews

You’ve got mailyouve got mail

Favorite romantic comedy is a tough one for me because I love the genre when it is done right. Unfortunately it is so often not done right so the genre has a bad reputation. There are so many I could pick but I am going to go with You’ve Got Mail. I love Nora Ephron’s writing in all of her movies but especially in this one. It’s more than just a cute love story but it is a commentary on all kinds of things from Starbucks to reading to movies and everything else. But its best quality often goes unrecognized- what it says about modern work. Joe and Kathleen have defined themselves by their jobs. It’s who they are but it’s only when they step outside of that role online that they find it’s not really who they are after all. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are so great in the role and New York never looked better. I love the writing with lines like “People do really stupid things in foreign countries. Absolutely. They buy leather jackets for much more than they’re worth. But they don’t fall in love with fascist dictators! Ha but I also love the more heartfelt lines like “Sometimes I wonder about my life. I lead a small life – well, valuable, but small – and sometimes I wonder, do I do it because I like it, or because I haven’t been brave? So much of what I see reminds me of something I read in a book, when shouldn’t it be the other way around?”.  Such a great movie! 

 

S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason

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I thought long and hard about what to pick here, since I’m dearly in love with Nora Ephron’s masterpieces, When Harry Met Sally… and You’ve Got Mail. I almost went with the latter, but then I remembered The Princess Bride. It may not be the first rom com that comes to mind, but in addition to the “fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles” and more, there’s romance and there’s comedy. It also is exceptional at both. Who could forget the true love between Westley and Buttercup, or the hilarious dialogue from Wallace Shawn’s Vizzini and Billy Crystal’s Miracle Max. The Princess Bride embraces the clichés of its genre while keeping them at bay with genuine fun and timeless charm. This fantasy might have quite a bit else going on, but it’s a romantic comedy classic.

J – Film & Nuance

Herher

I LOVE HER. It’s one of those movies you sit sobbing through the last 15 minutes and then barely manage the words, ‘F*cking awesome’. I had no doubt that it was one of my favourite films. Joaquin Phoenix makes his character agonizingly relatable while Scarlett Johansson gives a perfect AI projection with just her voice. The connection between the two is so well developed that it speaks so much about so many themes. Our reliance on technology, substitution of real-life relationships with virtual ones, true romance, innocence, happiness, nature and life are all interconnected with each other in ways that make the movie a complex study of relationships. It’s mostly drama but it finds humour in ironic moments and awkward conversations that our protagonist finds himself in. In all honesty, its only because Her is such a nuanced film in style and genre that we’re still able to appreciate the sweet and funny moments despite the depth of its ideas…it’s also why there’s no other romantic-comedy like Her.

 

Drew – Drew’s Movie Reviews

Hitch

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Several movies came to mind when thinking about my favorite romantic comedy film but the one that sticks out the most is Hitch.Hitch leans more on the romance side than comedy side but with comedy powerhouses like Will Smith and Kevin James, there are still plenty of laughs to be had.  Smith brings all of his signature suave and charisma to not just charm Sara (Eva Mendes), but the audience as well.  James also provides plenty of comedy moments and plays off Smith very well. The girls of the film, Mendes and Amber Valletta, provide the romance quota while the boys provide the comedy.  Hitch hits all the right marks, delivering on both romance and comedy.

 

Richard – The Humpo Show

Love actuallylove

My favourite film of all time. I watch this a few times every Christmas…and probably a few times at other points of the year too! The cast is absolutely incredible. The various storylines are all equally brilliant, but my favourite is Colin Firth’s. The scene in the Portuguese restaurant is just perfect!