Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth), a tough mercenary operating on the black market, has the most dangerous mission of his life when he is hired to save the kidnapped son of a drug baron.
At the beginning of the month, when we published our recommendations regarding the Netflix news from April, it was clear that the Extraction action has all the chances to become the most popular title of the month, in Romania and in other territories. With Chris Hemsworth on the poster and a screenplay written by Joe Russo, the action film takes us from Australia to Bangladesh, where a mercenary must save a teenager from a terrible fate.
The great advantage of the film is the carefully choreographed action sequences and soaked in blood that Extraction becomes one of the most violent films of the year. It must be said from the beginning that the new Netflix title is not for everyone and that few will be able to watch it head-to-head, due to the tension, the chaotically moving camera and the deafening sound effects. An issue of Extraction is the schematic script, but certainly not for psychology and character development you play such a film.
It all starts with a man armed to the teeth, running through a rain of bullets on a bridge. The multitude of yellow-green tuk-tuks informs the public that this is a South Asian country, and the scenery, with hundreds of cars stuck in what appears to be a total war, suggests a more than explosive situation. It’s a good hook, because it raises an interesting question: how did you get here, what is the hero’s mission and how strong is his enemy?
The story gives a quick restart and we immediately find out that Tyler Rake (Hemsworth) is a mercenary that a trauma from the past makes him indifferent in the face of death, which determines him to accept impossible missions. So it is now, when Rake must rescue the son of the most powerful Indian drug dealer from the clutches of his main rival in Bangladesh. On the crowded streets of Dhaka, Rake tries to complete a so-called teenage extraction, only things degenerate quickly.
Basically, everything that happens on the screen seems to have one purpose: to bleed. We wondered, as we watched the superbly choreographed action sequences, what is the appeal of an action movie in which the hero easily kills enemy battalions, using, in addition to an arsenal perhaps richer than Romania’s (hopefully that not), including a rake (in English “rake”) found in the lair of enemies. Who the hell is holding a rake in an apartment on the upper floors of an apartment building? Well, who, the fool who has to be liquidated, in the most “inventive” way possible, by the skillful hero … That’s about the level of violence and the stakes of the game in Extraction. The film also features a child thrown upstairs, if you like this stuff.
Extraction manages to earn some points thanks to little Ovi (Rudhraksh Jaiswal), the 14-year-old teenager who quickly realizes that Rake is his only chance to escape the carnage alive. Ovi’s innocence is used in the film as a kind of revealing substance of the lands of those around him, from the obsession for revenge of an unscrupulous villain to the greed of other characters and Rake’s psychological ballast. It must also be said that little Rudhraksh Jaiswal is perfectly fulfilling his task of justifying this “one on one” war between the Australian and, it seems, the entire city of Dhaka.
That being said, Extraction is the kind of film in which a screenwriter chooses a poor and little-visited country in the world and turns it into a realm of all evil. If you go to imdb.com and read user reviews, you will find hundreds of shocked reactions from poor Bengalis who are upset that they have become the biggest city in the country. “How did you allow yourself to suggest that all law enforcement in a country can be in the service of a drug dealer?” Someone asks.
Yes, maybe Extraction impresses with some of the best action sequences seen lately, including a famous 12-minute sequence-plan. We suspect it was made in the style of 1917, that is, broken into several pieces, but we no longer have the energy to investigate whether it is so or not. And honestly, we don’t care and we don’t feel like we won anything by spending two hours with a movie that glorifies violence.