Edge of Extinction aka The Brink is a 2017 British science-fiction post-apocalypse horror feature film about a young man who comes into contact with other survivors.
Written and directed by Andrew Gilbert (Infected aka The Dead Inside), the movie stars Luke Hobson, Georgie Smibert, Chris Kaye and Bryn Hodgen.
Fifteen years after a global apocalypse, mankind is on the verge of extinction. Civilisation no longer exists, food is scarce and most eke out a living by stealing and killing.
One young man clings onto life in the desolate British countryside, where staying away from others has been key to his survival. But this self-imposed isolation comes to an abrupt end when he crosses paths with another group of survivors and faces an enemy far more savage than any of them could imagine…
“The Brink doesn’t look like your standard, low-budget direct-to-DVD release that’ll see an early birth on the Syfy Channel. This is a movie to keep your eye on. This isn’t some Dolph Lundgren zombie hunt with AfterEffects exploding heads and gun flashfire.” B&S About Movies
“Nasty, brutish and, well, 141 minutes long, this impressive second feature from the team behind The Dead Inside is a bleakly nihilist, bloodily violent post-apocalyptic tale where no character has any real moral integrity […] a sort of miserabilist British Mad Max.” British Horror Revival
“Edge of Extinction won’t be a film for everyone – it’s quite slow and the ‘action’ is often repetitive. But to conjure such a credible future world on a small budget is quite the feat. Recommended then.” Dark Eyes of London
“There’s obvious talent at work in this film; its weaknesses seem to stem mostly from inexperience on Gilbert’s part or from the constraints of an obviously tight budget. Many genre fans will enjoy its more grotesque elements (even if it never quite delivers on the promise of cannibalism), and at least some of its mistakes make it more entertaining rather than less so.” Eye for Film
“Despite the flurries of violence; the notion of people used as objects; the sheer descent in self-preservation at any cost, society be damned and the hints of cannibalism; Edge of Extinction is just too reserved, too British to have a real impact […] we’re presented with a sombre, yet suitably grim, look at life in a possible post-nuclear wasteland, one that sadly, for me, spends too much time talking and not enough time doing.” Nerdly
“It’s rare to get a low budget film run over two hours, and going in, we were worried that the running time here would stretch things to tedium. We’re delighted to say that’s not the case, as this is genuinely enthralling and it’s easy to root for the lead.” Starburst
” …for a low budget film, there is plenty of surprisingly well-staged fighting. It’s also frequently bloody with everything from throat-slitting to disembowellings. Unfortunately, at just under two and a half hours long it also has a lot of talky scenes.” Voices from the Balcony
Edge of Extinction was released by Lightbulb Film Distribution with a digital release on May 18th 2020 and a DVD release in July.
Main cast and characters:
Luke Hobson … The Boy
Georgie Smibert … The Girl
Chris Kaye … The Man
Bryn Hodgen … The Chief
Nicholas Chambers … The Husband
Susan Lee Burton … The Wife
Neil Summerville … The Overseer
Richard Summers-Calvert … Pack Leader
Rudy Barrow … Road Rat
Eve Kathryn Oliver … Chloe
Bedfordshire and Buckingham, England
Thanks to MJ Simpson of the British Horror Revival blog – and author of new book 21st Century British Horror Films, Volume 1: Dog Soldiers and Doghouses – for info relating to when this movie was shot. And where. Buy his book here