So, here’s the thing: we were supposed to get Extinction in theatres back around January, but Universal pulled the plug and now the second film from Australian director Ben Young (Hounds of Love) is making its debut on Netflix on July 27.
Whether that bodes well is anyone’s guess – we could be getting an Annihilation (yay!) or a Mute (oh… dear), or (most likely) something in between, but edging towards the upper percentiles. We have a lot of faith in Young, whose first film was an absolute ball-tearer.
What’s it about? “A father Michael Peña) (has a recurring dream of losing his family. His nightmare turns into reality when the planet is invaded by a force bent on destruction. Now, fighting for their lives, he comes to realize an unknown strength to keep them safe from harm.” Lizzy Caplan and Mike Colter co-star, along with Israel Broussard and Young’s Hounds of Love star, Emma Booth.
Speaking to IGN, Young said, “It’s got everything that you need from that big sci-fi blockbuster except it’s about so much more underneath,”adding that the film is about “…knowing who your enemies are, and who your allies are,” Young said. “And I think one of the things which the film really talks about is the importance of family, and what is a family? We’ve got our own definitions about what that is, and I think that’s slowly changing over time. And it also talks about what makes an enemy an enemy. Why do we hate the people we hate? You know, District 9 is another science fiction film, I think, which was really great, because that was talking about a lot more. So I think there can be some comparisons to that on a thematic level.”