Extraction is the newest line of Netflix original movies about an black-market mercenary who has nothing to lose and is hired to rescue the kidnapped son of an imprisoned international crime lord. But in the murky underworld of weapons dealers and drug traffickers, an already deadly mission approaches the impossible.
Now this sounds like the been here, done that type of story and sure enough it is but it does it in an entirely new style.
Let’s start off with the bad right off the rip. Overall I only found the story to be as bland as action thrillers usually are. We find Tyler Rake played by Chris Hemsworth aka The God of Thunder, who is a damaged bag of goods mercenary with a drinking and pill problem who obviously has gone through his fair share of battles and torments and is approached about an “Extraction” job. Ovi Mahajan is kidnapped by a rival crime lord of his fathers and of course it’s up to Tyler to save this poor boy in Bangladesh.
Throughout the film we get pieces of Tyler’s past and what makes him such a downer during this 2 hour thriller. This was a missed opportunity to really dive deep into the character as it remains a mystery most of the time but instead throws the biggest part into a killing session and is forgettable for the remainder of the film. You can’t dog on the film too hard as it’s the achilles heel to most action thriller movies but Chris was selling the character so well that I wanted to learn more about him and his past and not just the scars he wore.
The acting is really well done with leading star Chris Hemsworth at the helm but I found the supporting cast to keep up with the A-Lister. Rudhraksh Jaiswal who plays Ovi seemed up to the task and handled the character with ease with a few surprising twists in the film. I was also happy to see David Harbour have a small cameo as one of Tyler’s old friends from the past but don’t worry I won’t spoil anymore than that.
To me Netflix original movies have some strange cinematography sequences that pull me out of the experience from time to time. As someone who comes from a video production background I see things differently. Extraction however, does a phenomenal job with Newton Thomas Sigel who has worked on projects such as the X-Men franchise and Three Kings so it’s no wonder this movie has some of the best camera work on not just a Netflix movie but in action films in general.
HANDS DOWN THE BEST ACTION MOVIE NETFLIX HAS EVER PRODUCED!!! It doesn’t take long for things to get going and when it does it just doesn’t stop! The stunt team that is behind the Marvel movies have outdone themselves with this movie. This was like John Wick mixed with Rambo, sprinkled with Chris Hemsworth’s charm. I mean there were a lot of “Oh my God” moments and parts that kept me on the edge of my seat.
When Chris’s character first gets to the boy and has to get him out there’s about a 15 minute segment that I would put in the top 10 of action sequences in a film. The stunt team deserves all the recognition for this film as it absolutely helped carry the film and made it a truly unique movie experience.
Extraction is unlike any action thriller to come out recently. Even with a weak story we still have strong characters and an amazing amount of action that shouldn’t be missed. Do yourself a favor and check this one out!
7.5 out of 10