Extinction is a Netflix Original Science Fiction Movie starring Michael Pena. The film’s plot hinges on a huge twist ending and due to the level it subverts expectations to, it may leave some viewers confused.
Throughout this video I will be discussing the Ending of Extinction as well as the events that lead up to it. There will ofcourse be huge spoilers and the film is definitely worth seeing so I highly recommend that you come back to this video if you’re yet to watch it.
With that out the way, I’m Deffinition and I ruin the movie so you don’t have to.
Extinction Plot Syopsis
In the distant future Peter is haunted by a recurring dream that the planet is going to be invaded by deadly aliens, hell-bent on destruction.
Horrifyingly the visions come to reality and the planet begins being attacked by mysterious beings. After overpowering one, Peter comes to the realisation that underneath the alien-like costume is a young and frightened boy.
This ties into the conclusion that Peters visions are not actually that of the future but they are in fact the past in which there was a war between synthetics and humans. We discover that all of the protagonists that we have been following are in fact highly sophisticated artificial intelligence.
What caused the War?
In our future humans invent artificially intelligent robots called Synthetics which appear to be identical to humans in every way. Used initially for all range of for menial labor it doesn’t take long for concern to grow amongst the humans and using the military they decide to attempt to wipe them all out.
This however fails and when the synthetics fight back they beat humanity to the point that the surviving humans of the war must flee the planet. At this point, most Synthetics voluntarily wipe their memories and begin blissful new lives as humans on Earth, while a few robots (including Mike Colter’s character) retain their memories and prepare for the inevitable return of humanity.
This is where the film begins and when the humans do eventually show up the Synthetics flee to safe houses to prepare for the inevitable war.
Whilst the film is rather open-ended, Ben Young stated that –
“If we go down the path of a sequel I’d love to hear the human perspective of what went on. After they reclaim the planet how would they hunt down the Synthetics?”
I’d love to see the narrative continue and this has definitely piqued my interest to the point that I hope Netflix produces a sequel.
The look of The Aliens
One of the biggest questions that you may have had when leaving the film is ‘why did the Human’s look like Aliens?’
Director Ben Young recently stated that –
“It was very difficult coming up with the costumes, designed to show their age, we see a hint of what the costumes may have looked like when they were brand new. They’ve been conditioned and weathered to hell. We began by designing them looking more traditional and then aged them down.”
This makes sense as resources in space would have been low so humans would have had to keep a hold of anything that they left the planet with and will have been forced to make the best out of what they took when fleeing from Earth.
Why did the Robots act so human?
In an interview with Inverse, Michael Pena stated that he struggled with the role due to the fact he had to act human to a certain point but also robotic to the level that the movie would make sense when watched for a second time.
Do you think the actors in the film achieved this and what are your thoughts on Extinction? Comment below and let me know and if you enjoyed this video please like it and subscribe to my channel. I create content like this weekly and there’ll definitely be something on here that you’ll love if you’re a fan of film.