Parents' Guide to

Extinction

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Violent alien invasion sci-fi tale has intense peril.

Movie NR 2018 95 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 12+

family sci-fi movie

I was looking for a good family suspense movie and took a chance with this sci-fi and I was pleasantly surprised. It has plenty of suspense to keep all family members engaged. It’s hard to find movies that are clean enough for kids to watch and good to keep parents entertained without feeling like you are watching just for the kids. There is a gory surgery scene, some bloody violence which is expected in this type of movie, but the trailer depicts a much scarier film. We all truly enjoyed it.
age 11+

Great to watch with preteen/teens

I am fairly picky when it comes to what I allow my kids to watch, and this movie was completely appropriate for my 12 year old. The characters are fighting humanoid invaders, but there is no excess gore. Language is very clean with maybe one slip of the s-word. The movie was suspenseful and exciting enough that my 12 year-old, 15 year old, and I all enjoyed it. I would recommend this movie for any family that likes action and scifi movies. No sex, no drugs at all.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (4 ):

Despite the earnest efforts of the actors, decent low-budget effects, and escalating tension, this inventive movie loses its way simply because too many questions are raised that are left unanswered. In science fiction anything's possible, but in this violent, family-in-jeopardy-driven film, don't jump to any conclusions; nothing's as it seems. "Suspension of disbelief" is a pact that audiences make with storytellers. But that agreement requires that the audience be given enough rationale to make sense of the improbable (or even preposterous). It doesn't work here. And for many, the sustained brutal violence will be too much.

On the other hand, it's nice to see good actors like Michael Pena and Lizzy Caplan as leads, even in the one-dimensional roles they play in Extinction. The two young actresses who play their daughters have a thankless task, moving from terrified to scared to frightened out of their wits and back again.

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