Extraction was directed by Sam Hargraves and stars Chris Hemsworth as a mercenary that’s tracking down the son of a drug lord that was kidnapped in India. As his mission turns deadly very quickly he begins to realize this kid has sought after by a lot more people than he originally thought. This film premiered on Netflix and I gave it a watch because it’s written by Joe Russo produced by him and his brother Anthony and it’s directed by Sam Hargraves.
The veteran stunt coordinator of the Avengers movies some of the Pirates of the Caribbean films. He’s been around doing stunt work for a while and this is his first time behind the camera and in the past. I would have been like who’s stunt man making a movie but ever since the John wick films I don’t take anything for granted and his past work as a stunt coordinator is obvious throughout this movie.
The action scenes are mind-blowing there are at least a couple scenes in this movie that are some of the best hand-to-hand combat. I’ve seen recently in a movie there’s one in particular that’s about an 11 minute simulated one take you can tell where some of the cuts are but the effect is pretty seamless and this sequence in particular has the potential to be an all-timer in regards to action scenes. I think this movie will be studied by stunt coordinators and people who want to work as stunt people it’s an extremely violent movie.
Chris Hemsworth is killing left and right ripping off heads throwing people into brick walls tossing people around people are getting hit by trucks and just flying into the air it’s really fun stuff if you’re an action movie junkie and despite its VOD like title. A title that seems like it would star Michael Madsen and Bruce Willis and be at the bottom of a bin at your local Walmart this movie was a lot better than I expected it to be.
I’ll put it this way I’ve turned off a lot of Netflix movies way through I didn’t turn this one off all that being said it will definitely not be studied for its characterization or its subtlety or its plot this is a very bare-bones plot Chris Hemsworth is a mercenary he’s got a bit of a traumatic past he’s been hired to track down this kid and bring him to safety.
Since Joe Russo’s behind it and Anthony Russo the film got made and obviously this is the Avengers team figuring out how to make a cool action movie that could be on Netflix and I’m excited for Sam Hargrave forgetting to direct this movie because he shows a real flair for this type of action work. But there’s definitely something to be said about the fact that movie doesn’t really have that much else to offer beyond the action scenes. Chris Hemsworth’s extreme likability and charisma in the lead role he’s very good in the film he does a lot of the stuff himself the stunt team again. I must say he is just remarkable in this movie and they can’t be given enough praise but if you don’t really care that much about action films and you’d rather be invested in the characters in the situation and the drama of the moment you’re not going to get as much of that.
Although they do give about as much as they can to a plot that is as fast as this there’s enough of a backstory for Chris Hemsworth to get invested in him and to feel for him in a way we’ve kind of strayed away from the Cobras and the Predators of the 80s where heroes spouted one-liners and now we have really tragic backstories for our main characters instead. There’s still some fun to be had in this movie but I can understand why some people might actually think it’s a little too violent that’s not a problem for me. Though I don’t watch a movie like this expecting it to be tame and in a world where everyone loves John wick I’m surprised that so many critics have actually complained about the violence.
Well I can understand it does surprise me I have a feeling it’s probably because John wick is a pulpier experience. It’s a little more fun extraction is more hard edged although the action is over-the-top it feels a little more plausible and so it’s a little harder to disconnect from the fact that you’re watching a movie and in some ways some of the violence in the movie might bothersome. It didn’t bother me it’s a movie it’s a fiction and although I don’t really expect that much more than some great action out of a movie called extraction directed by a stunt coordinator.
I would have liked to have seen a lot more characterization given to the kid that he’s rescuing Hemsworth gets some you understand his backstory eventually and you can relate to him but the kid he likes to play piano he occasionally moves his fingers on his knee like he’s playing piano to calm himself down but besides that you don’t really know that much about him he’s a son of a ruthless crime lord. What’s his life like what’s it like being the son of a crime lord having a target on your back just to get at your dad that’s interesting and they don’t explore enough of that. I think that could have really helped a movie still there’s in particular that 11-minute one-take scene and then there’s like a hand-to-hand combat scene where Hemsworth is just tossing dudes around a brick building really amazing stuff.
I found myself pretty riveted by the action scenes but you’re not gonna get that level of attention with the characters in this movie. Sometimes I can really be in the mood for one of those I’m gonna give extraction a B it’s on Netflix right now give it a watch. if you just want to watch some really great action scenes I think this movie delivers for the most part that.
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