Writer: Eric Heisserer, Spenser Cohen, Brad Kane (Screenplay)
Starring: Lizzy Caplan, Michael Pena, Mike Colter, Emma Booth, Israel Broussard, Tom Riley, Lilly Aspell
Plot: A father has a recurring dream of losing his family. His nightmare turns into reality when the planet is invaded by a force bent on destruction. Fighting for their lives, he comes to realize an unknown strength to keep them safe from harm.
Tagline – We were not here first.
Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes
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Verdict: Sci-Fi With a Twist
Story: Extinction starts as we meet Peter (Pena) a happily married man to Alice (Caplan), with two daughters Hanna (Crouch) and Lucy (Tremblay), he is struggling with nightmares of an invasion which sees him needing to protect his family, the problem is they are starting to take over his life, putting his own personal life in danger.
With Alice about to give up on Peter, the attack from his dreams starts, now he must piece together his dreams like a puzzle to help his family get out alive.
Thoughts on Extinction
Characters – Peter has been suffering from nightmares of an alien invasion, his family are worried about him, his co-workers are too, he doesn’t know how to read his nightmares, until the attack starts. He uses the nightmares as a guide to survive against the alien invaders proving he can fight, kill and protect his family. Peter is the reluctant hero making decisions that are risky for the rest of the survivors. Alice is the wife of Peter, she sees him in trouble and is getting tired of seeing him suffer, she sees the problems but once the attack starts she will do everything to protect her children. The kids are your generic, we have the rebellious teenage daughter and the younger innocent one that is trapped in the middle. We do also have people that are helping with the survival, they are mostly guides not doing too much.
Performances – Michael Pena in the leading role is strong throughout, he gives us an everyman action performance where he believes his kids are what is important. Lizzy Caplan is good in her role without needing to letting Pena take all of the spotlight. The rest of the cast are good enough for the film.
Story – The story here follows one man who is suffering nightmares of an alien invasion which will see his family in danger. We tease the idea that this could just be in his head, until an attack starts. We get to follow the generic save the family from the attackers storyline which works enough. The story does have a third act twist which turns everything on its head and makes you re-think what you have seen so far.
Sci-Fi – The sci-fi world created shows us being in the future with the technology, the attack shows future weapons too.
Settings – The film is set in generic city in the future, it has tall building and surrounded by trees, this is all we see for location.
Special Effects – The effects for the most part were good, that was until the final shot which looked awful.
Final Thoughts – This is a sci-fi film that does work well for the and the twist in the third act does make it feel fresh.
Overall: Sci-fi film saved by its twist.