The latest Transformer movie is rapidly gaining steam. We now know that the Dinobots will be featuring in the fourth film in the franchise and the title will be Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Scheduled for a June release next year, details of the plot are thin on the ground. Mark Wahlberg will be starring as an inventor who is a single dad to Tessa, played by Nicola Peltz, whose boyfriend is a racing car driver (Jack Reynor). Kelsey Grammer will be the villain of the piece and there’s even been a reality show to find Chinese actors to play the all important roles of computer geek, sexy goddess, cute Loli and Kung Fu fighter.

It’s unclear what form the extinction of the title will take, so if you were wondering about how that’s going to work, you’re going to have to wait a while. Instead, why not check out one of these other films featuring extinction?

5. Contagion

Who knew a pandemic could be so boring? Slow moving ensemble piece Contagion follows the CDC as they try and locate the source of a deadly virus in order to prevent its spread.

The film has been highly praised for its accuracy as scientists work to understand the virus, eventually developing a vaccine against it. It looks at a number of different responses, from the medics battling to save lives, the investigative journalist trying to discover what’s really going on and the impact on ordinary everyday people. Gwyneth Paltrow played Beth Emhoff, Patient Zero, and she stated that she felt that being the first to die would be a blessing, since survivors of the virus would need to deal with sourcing food and water and living in a world where most of their friends and families have died.

The film poses a number of interesting questions about how modern society is equipped to deal with an outbreak of this type. It’s just a shame that the presentation is as dull as ditchwater.

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  • TD

    How could you leave out Night of the Comet? It was a comedy, for sure; but, man, those streets were EMPTY!