Netflix's Extinction Review & Comments

raymondo77

Member
I watched this last night and pretty much had to wait until it was properly dark to see much of what was going on (on my calibrated LG C8 OLED). Even switching to Cinema Home to boost the "mid tones" only provided a moderate boost to it. Once the room was dark though yeah there was quite a lot of detail in the shadows.

That said, I didn't think this film was worth the effort. It felt like a Sci-Fi (or SyFy or whatever they're called these days) Channel movie with a bigger (but still small) budget but none of the fun and/or charm. I did like the reveal, but had my suspicions right from the off about certain things.

The script was dreadful, the first 10 minutes were shot like a stock office film scene and some of the performances were terrible*.

Although that woodenness may have been deliberate seeing as they're all synths, I don't know.

6/10 for me, purely because I appreciated the novel spin they gave it.
 

Earthscope

Well-known Member
Thanks for the review Cas.
I watched this last night around midnight and thought it was a pretty good little SYFY flick with an interesting reveal at the end which I hope gets explored in a sequel.
The Dolby Vison specular highlights really popped with quite a few torch light moments. And yes the film is dark but at least the blacks are nice and inky with superb if somewhat impenetrable shadow details at times.
Overall I found the DV image looked impressive.

For me, I agree solid 7/10...:thumbsup:
 
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Fake Shempz

Active Member
I quite enjoyed this - it actually looks like it could have been turned into a very watchable mini-series instead.
 

BrightonChris

Distinguished Member
Netflix already has some trouble with grading their HDR content properly, coupled with the limited bandwidth they afford UHD often results in dark scenes becoming compressed and mushy. A whole film of this would probably drive me mad.
 

Mister_Tad

Well-known Member
After hearing a bit of chatter about this film suggesting it's better than I would have thought, checked it out at the weekend.

20 mins in I was thinking, here's another predictable and formulaic alien invasion sci-fi, but stuck with it and I'm glad I did.

I didn't see either spin coming, when the "alien" takes off his helmet and the synth unveiling, until just before. I'm not sure if it was because I expected less, or whether it was how the film played it out - probably somewhere in between.


Agree with the solid 7.
 

DELUCAS

Distinguished Member
Watched at the weekend overall not to bad a movie as such
Kids annoyed me a little ;)
But
Id rather watch this than an hour of Eastenders rubbish
Pic good
Sound good

6.8 / 10
 

Roohster

Distinguished Member
Posted my mini-review already in the "What I Watched Last Night..." thread.

A bit disappointing as a movie in my opinion and the DV PQ was well below par.
 

Hixs

Distinguished Member
I thought this was utter crud. I barely made it half way in before I started to snooze.
 

Wedlock

Member
Saw this on saturday and it wasn’t very good, boring actually so from me i would go with a 5.
 

jakimp

Well-known Member
i thought for what it tried to be - a solid B movie - it was pretty fair and I enjoyed it

didn't see the reveal coming helped

agree with the 7 and praise to Netflix for delivering original movies at a stupidly reasonable price
 

domtheone

Distinguished Member
Worth a watch. 6/10 ish for me.

Might be a tad harsh to say it had a “made for tv” feel about it but it wouldn't have cut it as a big screen movie either.

Made for Netflix about right then :D
 

Hixs

Distinguished Member
I appreciate Netflixs efforts when it comes to movies, but most are a 4-6/10 at best.
 

alphaomega16

Distinguished Member
Mediocre and ending whilst not as much bull as their last one still left way too much open, was as disappointed with this as I was their last one.
 

dr no

Moderator
An over-generous score for the film
Wooden acting from the lead, annoying screaming kids and although the spin was novel the opportunity to explore it more was missed.

It was more an episode of Twilight Zone than a movie IMO
5/10
 

Evinger

Well-known Member
Thanks for the Review Cas. Don't have Netflix but maybe at some point this will pop up on ATV.
 

Hampy1972

Well-known Member
Caught this Friday night and really wanted to like it, come on who does not like Pena and best thing is he not a playing a typical Latino which is nice to see but I struggled, ok, it ain't no Annihilation but think it could have been better. Clever twists and turns give it a solid 6/10 and much better than HO it Ends is big plus.

Netflix pumping out movies like these and we will keep watching them, still don't understand why everyone hates Bright, am I the only one that liked it, same applies to Anon.
 

lucasisking

Distinguished Member
Caught this Friday night and really wanted to like it, come on who does not like Pena.
I like him in most things, but I don't think he made a very convincing lead in this.

Netflix pumping out movies like these and we will keep watching them, still don't understand why everyone hates Bright, am I the only one that liked it, same applies to Anon.
I'm not sure I will. There's too much good stuff coming out from studios like A24 for example that Netflix originals are starting to feel like a waste of time. There are exceptions like Annihilation but that was originally intended for the big screen and had an excellent director attached.
 

Hampy1972

Well-known Member
I like him in most things, but I don't think he made a very convincing lead in this.



I'm not sure I will. There's too much good stuff coming out from studios like A24 for example that Netflix originals are starting to feel like a waste of time. There are exceptions like Annihilation but that was originally intended for the big screen and had an excellent director attached.
Agreed bud,
Annihilation will be watched over and over again, well, I certainly will be due to everything clicked and worked... not over cooked or under. Hurrah for the scriptwriter and the director.
Have been recently reading the hatred for online streaming services like Netflix or Amazon Prime by certain award panels. They're shunned for straight to TV material even tho some of the budgets rival most Hollywood studios. The sofa is now ending up the place *if you're lucky* to see the latest hit. Would have I gone to the cinema to watch How it Ends, Anon, Bright, Extinction or Anniwhatsitsface.. probably not.
 

Greg Hook

Moderator & Reviewer
Finished this last night. A good 7/10 for me. It could have been better in places, but a tense and enjoyable watch with a great twist.
 

Coulson

Well-known Member
I watched this a while back. It took a while to get going but I thought it was quite inventive. According to some, it was derivative and on reflection I could see their point but I still think that the story and the way it was put together was still pretty original. I promised I would watch again and if I can get through my backlog I probably will.
 
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The_Wierd

Well-known Member
I think in the right hands there was a genuinely great movie in here, but a combination of weak script, acting and editing just conspired to make it merely “good”.

I can’t decide about the acting at the start - either it’s not very good, or it’s supposed to be a bit “off” to hint that something may not be as it seems.

In that case it begs the question if these robots are actually conscious, or just simulating human life, after all they have been living the same lives for 80 years, same jobs, same place, same friends and partners, even children that never grow up.

So in that respect I liked it in that it provoked a few questions and didn’t feel the need to explain absolutely everything, and it left me with the slight feeling that I was rooting for the wrong side.
 

low-def.

Well-known Member
I enjoyed this and didn't see the twist/reveal coming - a pretty solid 7.
 

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