Extraction (2020) A Review

Fast paced and pulse pounding, this action film blasts onto screens and doesn’t let up until the very end.  One of the best movies Netflix have put out for a while.

Certificate: 18

Director: Sam Hargrave

Screenwriter: Joe Russo

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Golshifteh Farahani, David Harbour

Genre: Action, Drama

Runtime: 116 Minutes

Rating: 4 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

Directed by Sam Hargrave and Produced by the Russo Brothers, this film had a crazy strong foundation before they added Chris Hemsworth to the leading role.  This all wrapped up into a really great package of awesome that packed a hell of a punch.

After son of a prolific Drug Lord is kidnapped by a rival crime Lord, Tyler, a fearless gun for hire embarks on the most dangerous mission of his career.  He has to rescue the kid and return him to his father without getting caught in a crazy gang war.

This was an excellent thrill ride.  The action is relentless, after the first twenty minutes or so the rest of the film is just action packed and nonstop.  And are some of the best-looking action sequences I have seen in a while.  A video was circulating earlier in the week and shared by the Russo Brothers, showing the lengths that Director Sam Hargrave went to get some of these amazing action shots, including being strapped to the front of a moving car.  The result is that you feel like you are right in the middle of the action.

I feel bad for Hargrave in a way, all of the publicity that I hear for this film revolves around Hemsworth and the Russo’s and while they are a fantastic bunch of people, it would be nice to see the actual director of the film get some credit too, especially considering some of the great reviews this film is getting.

Hemsworth knocks it out of the park with his performance here as Tyler.  It has to be tough getting out from under the shadow of a character that you have played for so long, and Chris Hemsworth will forever be immortalised as the Mighty Thor in the MCU, but perhaps refreshingly, there is no sign of that here.  A fantastic, very human, very emotionally played role.

The story really is about him, and his struggles, the plot about the kidnapping, while it plays an important part, is nearly a side line to the real story of Tyler and his struggles.  So a strong performance was necessary, or the whole thing could have been a disaster.  Even the side characters, the ones we rarely see and know very little about are enigmatic and interesting, over all a brilliantly cast and acted piece.

Action movie fans will eat this one up, and there is enough of an emotionally mature story for it to not just be a movie full of explosions and guys beating each other up.  Though there is plenty of that as well if that is what you are going for.

Extraction is available to stream now on Netflix worldwide (I do believe.)


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