“Directed by Russell Mulhaney, who’s best known for the serviceably charming pulp translation of The Shadow, the franchise is injected with a promising Mad Max riff by writer and producer Paul W.S. Anderson — yet does nothing with it.
“At best, I’ve always thought of Anderson (who directed the first film and wrote the second) as a poor man’s Stephen Sommers. To have the second consecutive sequel where Anderson couldn’t be bothered to direct (only write and produce) really says you’re in for B-movie hack hell.
“So Extinction is another video game-based sequel by test-marketed numbers where everything about it was cooler in the trailer.”