Review of Extinction (2018)

Moving picture, 95 minutes

Seen in 2019.

It may just be that I saw this on the 18th anniversary of 9/11 but it seems very 9/11-y: The sudden violence from the sky against buildings and people, the long period of dark foreboding and apparent negative ideation seeming to represent the trauma of the attacks, and of course, the dumbass conspiracy plot reducing “The Electric Ant” (1969) to an amateur infantry combat spectacle reminiscent of US retaliatory killing of civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is further mixed into a racist robot apocalypse with protesters chanting “You will not replace us” apparently in reference to an antisemitic chant at the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville. These impulses were potentially useful but are all squandered.

fiction moving picture