Started the month with two more movies; ‘Extinction’ and ‘Pixels’.


Heii…I’m back with movie reviews again! I’m jobless recently and so I have plenty of time to catch up with both new or old movies. However, beginning tomorrow, I will not have that much of time onwards for movies and other leisure activities. Why? It’s because I’m back to work as an assistant architect in a new office in KL starting tomorrow. This would be my second (and last) job as an architectural assistant before I proceed to take my Master study next year. As a form of entertainment for me before stress begins again tomorrow, I managed to watch two movies (both released this year); ‘Extinction’ and ‘Pixels’.

‘Extinction’ is a horror film with the following synopsis: after a virus turns people into zombies, a small group of survivors seek refuge in a snow-covered town, believing the virus and all of its monstrous creations had died out after many years. However, they discover that the infected had adapted to the environment change and become worst. The ‘worst’ means that the infected had turned to something like the monsters from the movie ‘The Descent’; blind, horrific and pale body, attack by sound and has long sharp teeth. The movie is not only all about that as it emphasized on a relationship between two men and a kid.

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Usually this kind of zombie flick would have a flat characters’ development. But not for this movie. The way the story progresses with the interactions between the two fathers (one is biological while one take cares of her for all the years) and their one daughter makes me do care for them in the movie. All of them are great in their performances. On the other hand, there are some good jump scares as expected, and the monsters really look terrifying. The way they attacked their house in the climax is quite exciting. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Extinction’ a total of 7.3. An underrated horror movie this year.

Next up is ‘Pixels’. Before the film’s release, many are quite excited for it after watching its trailer. This year, many movies worked on ‘nostalgic’ element (like dinosaurs from Jurassic World and robotic saviour from Terminator: Genisys). ‘Pixels’ somehow went into similar direction as the movie reminds us to the classic arcade games we used to play when we were kids and now they are almost entirely forgotten. The movie had been quite critically-panned after its release, but I still wish to watch it. I have done that, but I’m actually quite enjoyed by the movie. The film’s plot has extraterrestrials misinterpreting video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war, and invading Earth using technology inspired by games such as Pac-Man and Space Invaders. To counter the alien assault, the United States hire former arcade champions to lead the planet’s defense. The concept is cool.

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It’s all fun and entertaining if you take out some boring scenes involving the characters. Yes, the characters are boring and shallow. It is supposed to be a one big bad point for the movie but I don’t mind for this kind of movie. It’s not a big deal. You forget about it and you will get a nice fun ride. There are some hilarious scenes and on the other hand, the visual effects are great and convincing. Most critics out there didn’t think the same and are just being too harsh on this movie. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and I give ‘Pixels’ a much better rating at 7.3. Same marks with ‘Extinction’ movie.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

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