There is a new wave of action movie that has graced our screens over the past decade. The prominence of stunt-coordinators stepping on to the mantle of “film director”. Most notably, this has been extremely successful for the exhilarating John Wick franchise. Netflix is now the latest company jumping on board with this idea with the action-thriller Extraction.
Directed by Sam Hargrave (stunt performer from the Avengers franchise), Extraction follows Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth) a gun-for-hire mercenary who is tasked with extracting the kidnapped son of an international drug lord.
This movie is violent. It is brutal. In fact, it is the most entertaining aspect of the movie. Each scene is incredibly choreographed, utilising gun combat, hand-to-hand combat, exploding helicopters, car chases, jumping off buildings! If you can imagine it, this movie probably has done it! Hemsworth is fantastic in these scenes, with a really commanding on-screen presence. The breathtaking one-shot action scene which lasts 12 minutes is a highlight of the movie, even though some spotty CGI and edits can be noticeable, it is still immensely tense to watch and shows great talent from the director and the stunt performers.
Extraction’s story is par for the course when it comes to action movies. Tyler Rake is troubled by his past as a black ops soldier (complete with a drinking problem and PTSD), the bad guys do awful things to double down on their “bad guy” status, and the film uses it’s story to just go from action set piece to set piece without any overly intriguing dialogue or plot developments. Hemsworth does get to show off more acting chops than this movie deserves in one particular scene, however when Extraction takes a breath from the insane action, these scenes feel like they overstay their welcome and start creating an itch for more action scenes to return to the screen!
If you’re in the mood to sit back and watch Chris Hemsworth brutalise his way through action set pieces without having to get to emotionally involved with the story and characters, then Extraction is one of the more passable action movies that Netflix have given us in recent times.
Reviewed by Nick (NicksFlicksFix)
Josh Says - Action packed, brutally violent, and Hemsworth strutting his Aussie flair! What’s not to like..
The light plot honestly took nothing away from my enjoyment. The set pieces and choreography blew me away! *Do yourself a favour and watch the ‘shot by shot’ over on YouTube...
Plot: Tyler Rake, a fearless mercenary who offers his services on the black market, embarks on a dangerous mission when he is hired to rescue the kidnapped son of a Mumbai crime lord…