Extinction (Welcome to Harmony) reviewed


Nine years after an infection turns most of the humanity into rabid creatures, Patrick, Jack and Lu, a nine-year-old girl, survive in seeming peace and calm in the forgotten snow-covered town of Harmony. We nonetheless sense that something terrible happened between Patrick and Jack because a deep hate keeps them apart. When the infected appear again, Patrick and Jack will have to leave behind all rancor to protect the one being who means more to them than anything else.

I just watched a great end of the world, the infected movie starring Matthew Fox (most known for the TV Show Lost) and Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice and The Blair Witch project 2) I had my doubts about it at first for some reason, nothing worse than buying a dvd with promising actors only to have them let down by the storyline or less importantly the budget.

Based on the Spanish novel (Note the film is called ‘Welcome To Harmony” outside of the USA) the film kicks off in the middle of a viral pandemic that is causing its victims to turn into rabid cannibals. Our cast are on a refugee bus being shipped to a safe zone called “Harmony” when things go wrong. Like 28 days later these are not slow shuffling Zombies but fast moving infected. the film then flash forwards 9 years where the guys now live across the street from each other in high fenced heavily fortified homes and not speaking to each other. Jeffrey Donovan’s character is raising a woman’s daughter who was a baby at the time and Mathew Fox’s characters only companion is a dog.

I am a great believer in the fact that if you do not have a mega budget to make a Zombie film then keep it simple, the film successful does that with the 3 main characters , the 1 main location and the infected. It’s beautifully shot and at nearly 2 hours long it really holds your attention in its story telling. Not sure how easily this film is to purchase in your area but do what you can to find it as its a great end of the world/viral pandemic/survival horror film, way superior to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “Maggie” and one that should be in your collection!

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