Matthew Fox), Jack (Jeffrey Donovan), and Emma (Valeria Vereau) who has the added disadvantage of fleeing for her life while carrying her baby girl.
Hiding from zombies is never easy when you have a crying baby and so even though Patrick and Jack arrive in time to stop the zombie from eating mother and child poor Emma got bit, and as being bit equals infected she is toast. The movie then jumps ahead nine years and we see Patrick shooting a horse for food as he tools around the frozen wastelands of the city of Harmony on his skidoo. Did the zombie apocalypse trigger the second ice age, or is it just a particularly bad winter? The movie is never really clear on this point as the movie then focuses in on the family drama between Patrick and Jack.
Is he off to catch the Snowpiercer?Patrick and Jack do not get along. Jack lives next door with his nine-year-old daughter Lu (Quinn McColgan), but will have nothing to do with Patrick. Lu is not even allowed out of the house let alone to speak to this person she only knows as “Neighbour.” We get the feeling that Jack blames Patrick for Emma’s death and thus will not let this man, who has become a Gerry Garcia look-a-like, near his daughter. Lu herself seems remarkably well balanced for a person whose entire nine year existence has been inside this one particular house, and her dad being her sole human contact. She does rebel a bit; doesn’t brush her teeth before bed and sneaks out to give cookies to Patrick’s dog. She has been told that monsters killed her mother but that the monsters are now gone. How he has managed to explain the need to stay in this house if the monsters are supposedly gone is also never really addressed.
Is this a zombie movie or an episode of Northern Exposure?Eventually the zombies do make an appearance, while Patrick is in town looking for a birthday present for Lu, but they have a markedly different look to them. They have evolved into these naked white things with razor sharp teeth and claws. Patrick later remarks that evolution takes millions of years and these zombies have done it in just nine.
Note to Screenwriters: Having a character point out the flaws in your script does not exempt you from them.
These new evolutionary traits include tough skin and super hearing, and the reason for their increased hearing is because they are a now blind and locate their prey solely by sound. Let us pause for a minute and unpack that little tidbit. In nine years these creature evolved themselves blind? What evolutionary benefit is there in being blind? They are not on a planet like the one in Pitch Black that has nights that last for years, nor are they living in caves like the albino monsters in The Descent, so how does being blind help these zombies function better? Do the filmmakers not understand how evolution works?
Next she is going to play the “Clap” game from The Conjuring with them.Both Matthew Fox and Jeffrey Donavan give credible performances, with Fox’s character being given a little extra to do with his crazy hermit persona, but the stand-out here is Quinn McColgan as Lu, and I do hope she gets some work that can really show case her growing talents. As it is this movie will disappoint most fans of the genre as it doesn’t horrify nor does it bring anything new to the genre. If you want to see a hybrid of The Descent with 28 Days Later this is the film for you, but if not then check out Maggie with Arnold Schwarzenegger, which did manage to broach some interesting and new ideas. Extinction on the other hand will be quickly forgotten along with a plethora of it's brethren.
Final Note: The title Extinction is about the blandest title anyone could come up with, and means absolutely nothing in the context of this story. Originally it was called “Welcome to Harmony” which at least had irony going for it.