Review of 'Extraction'

extraction.jpg Probably the most violent film I have seen in quite some time with unrelenting action to boot likely resulting you in wanting a bit of a break after watching.

Mercenary Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth) is hired to rescue Ovi Mahajan (Rudhraksh Jaiswal) young son of an incarcerated drug lord who has been kidnapped by rival drug lord Amir Asif (Priyanshu Painyuli). Rake and his team manage to rescue Ovi from Dhaka, Bangladesh but their payment fails to arrive as the drug lord has no money so his assistant Saju Rav (Randeep Hooda) takes it upon himself to bring Ovi back by killing off Rake's team members one by one. Realizing Ovi has been taken from him Asif shuts the city down resulting in a mad race across the city by Rake who is determined to keep Ovi alive, having memories of failing his own son who died of cancer.

This is a lot like watching a FPS (first person shooter) video game with truly brutal deaths splashing claret across the screen with the favourite being “head shots”. The odds are incredibly against our “hero”, Rake, as he simply tries to survive well beyond the point of credulity. The incredibly intricate action sequences it has to be said are meticulously choreographed thanks to the director's experience as a stuntman and look absolutely sensational. You do have to wonder how Rake makes it beyond the first 30 minutes with all the holes he has in him. It has to be said that if you are not a fan of “herky-jerky” filming then you will not be happy here as the camera never really stops moving and, as you might expect, following Rake's perspective as he shoots his way through half of the population of Bangladesh.

Chris Hemsworth plays an extraordinarily cold character here, a one man killing machine that knows nothing of surrender and doing a great job as a “no prisoners” action hero. Him and the rest of the cast play very simple roles here “baddies” and “goodies” so it is quite easy to follow though there are a few minor surprises that keep viewers entertained beyond watching yet another 10-12 gruesome killings.

Looks incredible but I just can't get over the tremendous violence and callousness at which is meted out on the screen.

Rating: “It is OK but I have some issues”

Review Date: 2023-11-19

Directed by: Sam Hargrave

Studio: Netflix

Year: 2020

Length: 116 minutes

Genre: Action/Adventure