The new Netflix original film Extraction (2020) has been released, but is it worth the watch? I remember some excitement from others had risen when the trailer was released. However, I never watched the trailer and had no idea, aside from clues in the title, as to what this movie was about. To my surprise, I had a really fun time with Extraction.
The film is the directorial debut of Sam Hargrave, who’s primarily credited for being a stunt coordinator. The incredible action scenes really show the audience that Hargrave was utilizing his experience as a stunt coordinator, with some shots being in a John Wick style. I was also surprised to learn that Joe Russo, director of Avengers: Endgame and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, wrote the script and I’ll say it was okay for what it was, though nothing special.
Chris Hemsworth, of Thor fame, played the main protagonist, Tyler Rake, who’s a highly-skilled black market mercenary. His troubling past haunted him throughout the film. The movie itself is about Rake taking on a mission that requires him to rescue a kid (portrayed by Rudhraksh Jaiswal) who’s been kidnaped by international crime lords.
Overall, the plot is fairly simple and nothing special. When people sit to watch a movie like this, they already know they’ll be getting great action, great set pieces and generally a lackluster plot and characters. Sadly, the only reason I cared about the character Tyler was that he was portrayed by Hemsworth. All other characters were very two-dimensional and easily forgotten.
As said before, the script is very lacking as the plot moves so fast the audience doesn’t ever have time to get to know the characters. When it does slow down, it feels like it just drags on. While there are some moments with Hemsworth and Jaiswal that develop their personalities, they’re cut short seemingly because the next action scene needs to start.
Ultimately, I enjoyed the film as a one time watch, popcorn thriller. It displays both good action, set pieces and Hemsworth killing a number of nameless enemies. One thing I especially enjoyed was the 11-minute action scene. While I could tell where a number of the camera cuts were, I still thought it was impressive and effective.
I’d recommend watching this film and, from what I’ve heard, this is one of Netflix’s better originals. I’ll give it a 3.5/5 for good action, good performance from Hemsworth, lackluster script and characters.
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