There's just nothing really zombie-like about the creatures in this movie. If anything, they resemble the vampires from 30 Days of Night more than they do any zombie that you'd find in the typical undead offering.
We're going to go out on a crazy limb here, and just call this one a Post-Apocalyptic movie that involves creatures.
Bold of us, I know.
Zombie Apocalypse left most of humanity dead or trying to survive, Jack and his sweet daughter Lu have made themselves a nice life in the snowy town of Harmony; they stay inside, they don't interact with anyone, their food supply could be better... alright, so maybe it's not a nice life, but it's life, and that in and of itself is nice.
|"TODAY, WE'RE JUST GOING TO STAY UNDER THE BED. ALRIGHT, HONEY?"|
|HE LOOKS HALF A BUBBLE OFF PLUMB IF YOU ASK ME.|
Dysfunctional family dynamics & survival ensue.
|DON'T... MAKE... A... SOUND.|
We're big fans of Jeffrey Donovan and Matthew Fox, and over they years they have proven that they can do both drama and action equally well, but too much of the movie was spent with them either avoiding each other, fighting with each other, or just being uncomfortable with each other's presence. Now, all of that had purpose, and it served the story by existing, but it simply went on for far too long. The movie spends too much time on flashbacks, and unraveling a mystery (which was no mystery at all), throughout. We got the gist of the how, why, and what with the lengthy opening sequence, and the plot would have been far better served by focusing less on the backstory, and more on the present day situations of the characters.
|SEE, NOW THIS RIGHT HERE IS THE PERFECT AMOUNT OF BACKSTORY.|
All of that being said, the rest of the movie was pretty solid. The cold, isolated, snowy setting was perfect for a Post-Apocalyptic story of survival, and it made the already intense plot feel even more so. This one was atmospheric as hell. It may have taken a while for it to get going, but once it did, the movie was a pretty creepy, and boasted some great action scenes. Again, the fact that the creatures were blind and could only hunt by sound added a fun dynamic to the proceedings. We also really liked how the creatures evolved over time. That was kind of a fun twist too.
|THAT'S WHAT YOU GET FOR GOING DOLL SHOPPING IN MONSTER TOWN, USA.|
If you're a fan of Post-Apocalyptic movies that involve a multitude of hungry, savage creatures trying to eat everyone they come across, or if you're a fan of any of the actors involved, then you should definitely give Extinction a rent. It really was a solid effort for the most part.
Extinction is available now on VOD.
Clara Lago is in this, as is Valeria Vereau (albeit is a much smaller role.)