TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - July 11, 2018
Netflix is the new go-to home for high concept sci-fi flicks, as most studios don't really want to take a chance on films like that in this day and age. While their track record is a mixed bag to say the least, they keep cranking these flicks out. Hot on the heels of Mute, The Cloverfield Paradox, and Tau, comes Extinction starring Ant-Man and the Wasp's Michael Peña.
According to the official logline, courtesy of Coming Soon, the flick seems to take inspiration from past films like Knowing and Take Shelter...
A working class father of the future faces recurring dreams of destruction by an unknown force. When his unwanted nightmares begin to affect his relationship with his family, he soon realizes they may be the key to a horrible reality, as a relentless alien attack begins to destroy the Earth. As the invaders’ assault progresses, he is forced to find both the strength to protect his family and an understanding of who he truly is.
The film stars Michael Peña (Ant-Man and the Wasp), Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex), Mike Colter (Marvel’s Luke Cage), and Israel Broussard (Happy Death Day). Extinction is directed by Ben Young (Hounds of Love) and is written by Spenser Cohen (The Driver).
I like Michael Peña a lot. He's one of the most reliable character actors around, and anytime he shows up, he increases a film's watchability by about 25%, so that's pretty damn good. I look forward to seeing what he's got in store for us this time around, and I won't even have to leave the house to see it. Extinction premieres exclusively on Netflix two weeks from Friday, on July 27.
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