Extinction (2014) Movie Review

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2014 | Thriller, Adventure
103 minutes /

User Score: 58/100

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Extinction Review


Deep in the Amazon jungle a research team lead by a respected Professor strive to protect vulnerable and endangered species, but when their guides abandon them they soon realize they are in the hunting ground of prehistoric apex predators.

Extinction (2014) is a UK English adventure thriller that was directed, produced and co-written by Adam Spinks (Persona (2011), The Song Plays On (2015), Survivors (2015)) who did not succeed. Adam failed at executing this found footage movie into being an average watch because it was simply too long with a screenplay that was all over the place hopping from one scene to the next without any continuation. The characters were not fully introduced/developed until halfway through the film, and there was no attachment to any of the characters. The dinosaurs were mostly not visible during the entire movie, and if they were visible, then it was a dark shadowy moment with about a few seconds of screentime. The CGI was a fail as well as the length time of the movie and the special effects. The film contained a few scares, somewhat terrifying adventure and a few great scenes.

Extinction revolves around Professor John Howson (Ben Loyd-Holmes - Skyfall (2012), Band of Brothers (2001), Breaking Down (2014)) and a few researchers ventures deep into the Amazon jungle. John, his research team, and camera crew are out on a mission to find an endangered species. They hired a guide who did not take long to abandon them leaving the team lost. The movie gets eerie as the team tries to find their way in the prehistoric apex where hungry predators are lurking. The camera crew captures everything on film making the movie into a documentary. About the first fifty minutes of the movie was all over the place with people arguing in a jungle/forest with mostly undeveloped characters, unexplained noises, and a thin plotline. The negative about the film is that dinosaur fans will have to wait for about an hour to see the meat of the movie where the hunters become the hunted with fear and panic everywhere.

Extinction did an excellent job capturing this film in a found footage style and makes it work as we receive great shots with the camera being placed at the perfect angle. I love that there were not shaky handheld camera scenes because shaky camera action tends to give me a massive headache and usually makes the film unwatchable. I admire that the crew left the camera on the rock after it was dropped and the camera captured a few of the surviving members that were frozen in fear as a dinosaur walks by to sniff them. The suspense was killing me, and I enjoyed it tremendously. Sarah Mac’s did an excellent job with her performance which was realistic.

About Extinction 2014

Title: Extinction
Year: 2014
Runtime: 103 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Adventure
Score: 2 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.85/5 stars from 26 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 26
Starring: Phelim Kelly, Ernesto Cantu, Gordon Round, Ross O'Hennessy, Stuart Lawson, Caron Reidy, Angela Peters, Roy Tide, Ben Loyd-Holmes, Simon Burbage, Sarah Mac, Neil Newbon, Daniel Caren, Emma Lillie Lees, Dolores Reynals, Jason Alderson, Zarra Khan
Writers: Ben Loyd-Holmes, Adam Spinks
Director: Adam Spinks