15 years after WW3 a young boy clings to life in the British countryside avoiding human contact. But after a chance meeting, he's dragged into the savage new world the rest of humanity have forged for themselves.
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Reviewed in the United States on September 17, 2020
Wow. This is the grimmest movie I have seen since the Road. I feel like this movie could make Stephen King cry. There are many, and I mean MANY, seriously disturbing scenes so this is NOT a film for the whole family or for kids of any age. This would be a rather peculiar choice for a date movie, maybe if you've been a couple for a long time. There actually is romance and love in this film, but the overall mood and atmosphere are bleak, desperate and violent. The main plot involves the devolution of postwar society into cannibalism and barbarity. The acting is quite good, even from extras and from one hit die guys. The combat scenes look good enough, even realistic I guess. There is some gore but not too much and it's not too bad. There are graphic depictions of very terrible rape and bondage, so if you have experienced traumas of those natures, these scenes may be triggers for you. The bad guys do get sharp pointy things shoved into them, so that may make you feel better. The cannibals eat each other, which is convenient I guess. The length is considerable, going to almost three hours. I would want a little more on the ending with some scenes of rebuilding civilization and building community, gathering more noncannibal survivors, etc. An update on the slow demise of the cannibal camp as it literally eats itself would have been good. It's an indie film. It seems like one of the first for the director and production crew, so it is not bad at all. I give it five stars for all categories. It is an unusually effective post-apocalyptic dramatic low budget piece. Really great acting, especially the loner whose little brother died and the woman who escapes the cannibal chief. The chief is a really good villain. Some more in depth dialogue about the meaning of civilization and order would have made this movie more meaningful, but it is implied well enough for the audience to have their own discussions. Solid movie.
For a no budget film this works. Yes, there could have been more story development, but what is here works. I never felt frustrated or that I was smarter than the characters. Most story decisions were logical movesby the characters. Could have benefited from some better camera work and lighting, but damn, nice job. Andrew Gilbert kept his story moving forward and most scenes lead us somewhere. I felt something for the characters and worried for their safety, and, contrary to some other reviews, the acting is solid. Luke Hobson, Chris Kaye, Georgie Smibert all give performances that add to the suspension of disbelief and give their characters dimensionality. what else could you ask for from an actor.
This movie is 2 hours and 21 minutes long and I stayed for the whole thing. I wanted to find out what happened. That says something for the writer/director Andrew Gilbert. He knows how to tell a story. However, if you are not into the post-apocalyptic genre you should steer clear of this buoy because it does chum the water with blood, which is standard fare with this genre. I liked it.
Reviewed in the United States on September 21, 2020
This film takes you into the post WW3 life of gritty and dirty survival. Well acted, especially by the lead and the story is captivating. It is long, but none the less holds your attention. At times it is tough and emotional, but despite the length I would not have reduced it at all. Worth a watch. Be prepared.
Edge of Extinction was a great indie dramatic post-apocalyptical film. Director Andrew Gilbert did a fantastic job pulling the best performances out of all of his actors. Lead actor's Georgie Smibert, Luke Hobson & Chris Kaye were instrumental to the film's success. A complex psychological thriller about surviving the events after WWIII and all of the various obstacles they encountered along their path to survival. A film that keeps you engaged and on the edge of your seat. This film was well shot and the cinematographer (Julian Hundy) did a great job painting a great visual picture. The music, editing, & additional photography were all on point.
I found Edge of Extinction in the new releases here on Amazon. I love post-apocalyptic films so I was eager to check out this indie. The film takes place after World War Three in England in a ruthless and brutal new world. The movie reminds me a bit of The Road or even aspects of The Walking Dead, both of which I loved. It may not have the big budget Hollywood polish of those two projects, but for an independent film it has pretty impressive cinematography and locations. I very much enjoyed the ride in Edge of Extinction and would recommend it to anyone who loves post-apocalyptic films like I do.
This film was right up my alley. Survival, apocalyptic, tense, suspenseful. It was a lot of fun, and by fun, I mean edge of your seat biting your nails fun. Loved the cinematography - dark and scary and the music (the score) was pretty fantastic.
I thought this post WWIII movie was grim most of the time, there's not a lot to cheer you up. If you don't like a lot of killing and eating of the dead don't watch this movie. It's similar to the Purge movies where they get one night a year to rampage and kill but these include cannibals, friends killing each other, rapes (are women of use in any of these movies for anything else?) I guess there was a strong sort of female towards the end with her husband. She could shoot arrows pretty well. The female that was throughout the movie was hard to pin down. In some instances she was strong, in others not so much-she showed some creativity but killing another female was a let down, for me anyway. There was no way to save the girl? Seriously? So for a low budget Indie movie not too bad but the violence was over done. Actors did a good job, the running thru trees was convincing at least there was no irritating loud music or dark shoots. Cameras need a lot of light, good job with that.