Fantasia 2015 – Extinction (2015) World Premiere Movie Review



Directed by Miguel Ángel Vivas Written by Miguel Ángel Vivas, Alberto Marini, Juan de Dios Garduño (novel)
Starring Matthew Fox, Jeffrey Donovan, Quinn McColgan

110 mins - Horror | Drama - Release date: 18 July 2015 (Fantasia International Film Festival)

The trailer is what will pique your interest. Matthew Fox will pull you in like a tractor beam. And the movie, along with Quinn McColgan, is what will have you falling in love and perhaps shedding a post-apocalyptic tear or two.

The Spanish/Hungarian film directed by Miguel Ángel Vivas (Kidnapped) that made its World Premiere at Fantasia 2015 is Extinction, and it contains amazing performances from its stars Matthew Fox (LOST, World War Z), Jeffrey Donovan (Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, Changeling), and Quinn McColgan (Unburden).

While Extinction isn’t defined as such, the zombie genre is struggling to reinvent itself, to find out what happens to the people after they’ve survived the outbreak and the immediate terror that ensues. Extinction does this, but rather than focus on how the survivors fortified themselves or have successfully started farming or confronted baddie human survivors, it shows us what it’s like nine years after the outbreak. Nine years of surviving with someone you hate.

A complicated love triangle, told largely through flashback sequences, is survived by the two men involved and a child. Although it’s been years since they’ve seen an infected, which are believed to have been killed off by the permanent winter and cold, or another human being, the hatchet can’t be buried and Patrick (Fox) and Jack (Donovan) remain eternal mortal enemies.


But like all things, their animosity will evolve… and that’s all we’ll say in terms of the movie’s plot or story.

The Verdict:

If you’re looking for a “zombie” drama to sink your mandibles into, Extinction might just be the fresh meat you’re looking for. It’s got drama, plenty of well-timed comedy, well-crafted characters, and some believable action sequences. The only place where this movie falls short is in some of its special effects; the filmmakers should have stayed away from the CG, and more importantly, stuck with the man in the suit.

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