Bishop's Stortford College student Charlie Hughes reviews Netflix movie Extraction starring Chris Hemsworth
Following the global hit that was Avengers: Endgame, a team of Marvel veterans have turned to Netflix in search of their next blockbuster. Star Chris Hemsworth, producers the Russo brothers and stunt-man-turned-director Sam Hargrave have created a flawed but undeniably thrilling action romp, writes Bishop's Stortford College student and Indie film reviewer Charlie Hughes.
Hemsworth is the impeccably named Tyler Rake (yes, he does use a rake to kill someone), tasked with rescuing a drug lord's son Ovi (Rudhraksh Jaiswal) from a rival kingpin.
After the extraction goes awry, Rake must escape the city of Dhaka and resist the kingpin's forces who are determined to kill them both. Think Man on Fire on steroids.
Although the central relationship between Rake and Ovi is handled with little confidence and often feels strained, it is the brutal action sequences that take centre stage (and there are many of them). As the body count rises, it becomes clear that the film has taken inspiration from the John Wick franchise in its relentless stream of henchmen slaughter.
Hargrave quickly piles on the intensity with immersive sound design, slick choreography, and an astonishing 12-minute single-take early on in the film that echoes the opening scene of Sam Mendes' Spectre. The rest of Extraction never reaches the heights of these dizzying 12 minutes, but the bad guys keep on coming and the action never stops.
Much like Keanu Reeves in John Wick, Hemsworth is perfectly cast. He provides the ideal punchbag for the swarms of villains he fights, proving his acting chops as an action hero as well as a superhero.
The narrative is comparatively less secure. Although somewhat masked by Extraction's sheer kinetic ferocity, its unevenly plotted story is confused and full of contradictions.
If the strength of the narrative matched its technical prowess, it would undoubtedly be a great film. Extraction is absurdly fun, thrilling, violent, if not empty.
Rating: 3 out of 5.
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