How many alien invasion thrillers does the world need? Well, perhaps one more where someone knows that it’s coming.
Extinction, director Ben Young’s first sci-fi movie stars Michael Pena, who can’t stop breaking out of Marvel movies like Ant-Man and the Wasp; along with Cloverfield and Masters of Sex’s Lizzy Caplan as a family caught on the brink of a full-scale space apocalypse — and Pena’s character has seen it coming. Also, Luke Cage himself (Mike Colter) shows up.
Speaking to IGN, Young (whose first directorial effort was the kidnap thriller Hounds of Love) said that Pena’s inner character has to “find an inner strength within himself in order to find a way to try and save his family.” Accept that the dreams foreshadowing this invasion aren’t simply him losing his mind, but gaining the ability to fight back.
You should just watch the trailer for yourself:
If the predictive dreams, aliens, and technological imagery seem a bit familiar, it’s likely because Arrival scribe Eric Heisserer is a co-writer on the film and its influences rank among sci-fi’s best.
“Why do we hate the people we hate?” Young asked. “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." Looks like there may be some enemies and allies that need their relationships taken with a grain of salt and a heaping helping of perspective.
This might also not be the last we hear of Young’s sci-fi on Netflix. “I kind of fell in love with sci-fi during this film,” Young said, “and I’m working on a huge sci-fi epic at the moment, which, you know, could become a series of films if I manage to get that right. And that’s something that I’m writing myself, and would love to take to Netflix in the future.” If Extinction lands, we may be seeing a lot more of this director.
Extinction hits Netflix on July 27.