Extraction Movie Review: Half-Baked Hollywood Action Flick Wrapped In a 'Brown Paper'
Extraction, the latest American action thriller on Netflix, is debutant director Sam Hargrave's half-baked attempt to create another ‘John Wick’, based in the backyard of a third-world country. Avengers and Captain America famed Hargave’s first movie has in abundance that makes him famous, action, action, and more action. Chris Hemsworth’s powerful performance overshadows the Indian star cast except for Randeep Hooda in this movie, shot mostly in Bangladesh. Though the most bizarre thing the director does is pitting a cute baby-faced villain against a rocky Hemsworth.
Film’s premise is based on the rivalry between the two most powerful drug lords in India & Bangladesh. Solid like a rock but emotional black market mercenary Tyler Rake(Chris Hemsworth) is assigned to extract imprisoned Indian mafia Ovi Mahajan’s (Pankaj Tripathi) kidnapped son from Dhaka. Saju (Randeep Hooda) who works for Ovi is threatened by the latter to bring his son back or sacrifice his own, so he conspires a risky plan. Tyler rescues Ovi junior and brings him to an extraction point where they are supposed to board a boat and cross the borders. But things take a turn for the worse as they find themselves surrounded by an unknown visitor and their boat being seized by the army. Stockholm syndrome comes into play as the film’s second half unfolds and Tyler starts to worry about the safety of the child than the money he is promised for the job. Tyler takes the help of an old friend only to find out that he is more dangerous than helpful. Cinematography by Newton Thomas Siegel, known for Bohemian Rhapsody, The Usual Suspects, and The X-Men franchise is top-notch and action sequences with the help of long shots are a treat to watch but the weak storyline and almost missable screen time given to the talented Pankaj Tripathi is disappointing. As the lockdown has the audience searching for more good movies/shows to watch, I would recommend it only if you are a big fan of action movies and don’t care much about the script.