On this edition of Zombie Film Fridays, we’re going to take a moment to talk about the film Extinction. The movie started out really fast but then tapered to a slower watch, full of the starkness of life after the world ends. I enjoyed the way in which the characters made lives for themselves, protecting what they had managed to save and looking for more when they could. I also appreciated the psychological effects of such an event portrayed with a certain level of honesty. While people may be able to cope with a zombie apocalypse, not everyone who ultimately survives is going to maintain a level of sanity or be able to handle day to day social interactions. Extinction presents a few different pictures of what the aftermath may look like that meld together quite well. The idea of mutation, or perhaps a better word here might be adaptation, is explored in an interesting way that adds to the bleakness of the film.
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.
My Rating: A-
Interesting Facts: 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; the movie was at one time titled “welcome to Harmony” which was the name of the town they were in; and it’s adapted from the bestselling novel Y Pese a Todo from author Juan de Dios Garduno.