TL;DR – A solid action film from start to finish
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
Extraction Review –
Today I begin my power shot through the films that I missed this year, these will be shorter reviews than usual, as I have a lot to get through in preparation for my best-of list. We begin with an action film that is both very old fashioned but also refreshing in some way.
So to set the scene, In Delhi Ovi Mahajan (Rudhraksh Jaiswal) is being a usual teenager going out with friends and visiting clubs right up until police officer kills his friend and takes him hostage. Ovi’s father is Ovi Mahajan Sr (Pankaj Tripathi) a major drug lord in India and is currently incarcerated. The boy was kidnapped by Amir Asif (Priyanshu Painyuli) a competitor from Dhaka, Bangladesh. With time being short, the boy’s family hires extraction expert Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth) to save his life and well things don’t go to plan.
The first thing that is clear is that Sam Hargrave, the director, was perfect for the role given his years as a stunt coordinator. There is an over 10-minute action scene presented in the style of a one-take that could not work unless every part of the team worked at their best. Sure, you can see where the cuts are if you want to look for them, but you are engaged from start to finish. One of the things I liked was how the camera moved with the action to give the strikes the added impact. This is added to by the score that was a lot of low, gritty strings.
From a story perspective, I did like how they set it up so that it can all go to pot but still leave Tyler’s team looking professional. With Ovi Mahajan Sr’s main henchman Saju Rav (Randeep Hooda) organising the team to get him out and then killing them because he can’t pay the fee he arranged. This creates a three-way contest and the source of the chaos that will continue for the rest of the film. I did like the bond between Ovi and Tyler throughout the film that gave it an emotional component. The only thing that felt superfluous was the David Harbour interlude.
One thing I did like was the variety of action scenes in the film. So we have a lot of the standard run-and-gun, with increasing difficulty throughout the film. Then, there are the more brutal hand-to-hand fight for your life type situations, sniper v sniper, and RPGs a plenty. I think the best of the bunch was when Tyler had to fight a bunch of armed kids that he didn’t want to kill, but then they were armed so they couldn’t be ignored.
In the end, do we recommend Extraction? Yes, yes I would. This is a quite violent action film, so if that is not your jam, this is not going to be for you. It also does not paint Bangladesh in a particularly good light, but I was engaged from start to finish. If you liked Extraction, I would also recommend John Wick.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of Extraction
Directed by – Sam Hargrave
Story by – Ande Parks, Joe Russo & Anthony Russo
Screenplay by – Joe Russo
Based on – Ciudad by Ande Parks, Joe Russo, Anthony Russo & Fernando León González
Music by – Henry Jackman & Alex Belcher
Cinematography by – Newton Thomas Sigel
Edited by – Peter B. Ellis & Ruthie Aslan
Production/Distribution Companies – AGBO Films & Netflix
Starring – Chris Hemsworth, Rudhraksh Jaiswal, Randeep Hooda, Golshifteh Farahani, Pankaj Tripathi, David Harbour, Priyanshu Painyuli, Sudipto Balav, Adam Bessa, Shataf Figar, Suraj Rikame, Neha Mahajan Rob Collins & Wayne Blair
Rating – Australia: MA15+;