August 8, 2022
Extraction Review: Chris Hemsworth’s Netflix Movie Is Heavy on Action, But Little Else

Extraction (2020) Release Date: April 24, 2020 (Netflix). Director: Sam Hargrave. Author: Joe Russo. Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Rudraksh Jaiswal, Randeep Hooda, Golshifteh Farhani, Priyanshu Painyuli, Pankaj Tripathi and David Harbour. Rating: 18+ (India). Synopsis: “Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth) is a fearless black market mercenary who has nothing left to lose when his skills are called upon to rescue the kidnapped son of an imprisoned international crime lord. But without weapons. In a suspected underworld of smugglers and drug smugglers, an already deadly mission approaches impossible, changing Rake and the boy’s lives forever.”

This is March 2012. Dwayne Johnson has just signed on to star in the action thriller Ciudad – Based on the eponymous graphic novel by Joe & Anthony Russo, comic book writer Andy Parks, and illustrator Fernando Leon Gonzalez – hired by a Brazilian drug lord to rescue his daughter from one of the world’s most dangerous and corrupt cities About a weary mercenary: Ciudad del Este, Paraguay. However eight years later, Chris Hemsworth has replaced Johnson. Ciudad It’s now called Extraction — which has also moved from cinemas to Netflix in the interim — and now features an Indian drug lord who wants his son back from another dangerous and corrupt city: Dhaka, Bangladesh.

That change is the same in the lives of Extraction makers. In 2012, the Russo brothers did not have a single Marvel movie. Now, he has directed four, including two of the biggest ever in the mega team-up Avengers: Endgame and Avengers: Infinity War. At the time, Hemsworth did Thor But he had not yet appeared in his breakthrough, The Avengers. Extraction – on which Hemsworth makes his debut as producer with the Russo brothers – is clearly a much easier sell now. Even debutant director Sam Hargrave is a Marvel alum who has served as stunt coordinator on several entries. And it will tell you what to expect from the new film.

Extraction provides a lot of action. Hemsworth gets into a knife fight with Randeep Hooda. He beats a gun-wielding Bangladeshi with pulp with his bare hands. And oh, 12 minutes is a long time – well, more on that later – that sees Hemsworth driving insanely through the streets of Ahmedabad (which Dhaka stood for), and lurking with the police. Playing hide and seek through apartment complexes on foot, trying to keep the kid alive. But Extraction does not have Bangladeshi actors in any capacity. In fact, most of the Indian stars, who play both Indian and Bangladeshi roles, are also just dressing up for the film. It takes seriously everyone except Hemsworth, and that’s a shame.

Watch the Hindi trailer of Netflix’s Extraction

The Netflix film opens with a half-dead Hemsworth in Dhaka, before jumping back two days to introduce Ovi Mahajan Jr (newcomer Rudraksh Jaiswal), imprisoned drug lord Ovi Mahajan Sr. (Pankaj Tripathi, the high schooler from the rich kid). mirzapur) – someone should have told author Joe Rousseau that this naming convention is not a thing in India – who has been kidnapped by rival drug lord Amir Asif (Priyanshu Painyuli from Bhavesh Joshi Superhero). To paint an easy picture Amir is described at one point as Dhaka’s own Pablo Escobar. But Extraction never bothers to answer why Ovi Jr. was kidnapped. It cannot be ransom as Ovi Sr.’s property has been confiscated. What is this? Who knows, because the two drug lords never have a single interaction in Extraction.

Anyway, it falls on the right-hand man of the Mahajan family, the Army Special Forces to rescue Ovi Jr., Saju Rao (Hooda, off the highway), after he was threatened by his employer that he should be killed by his son. The next birthday will not be seen. Saju hatches a plan that makes hired-for-hire Tyler Rake (Hemsworth) sadly from Australia – can anyone tell us the timeline of this two-day film? – who is drowning himself in alcohol and painkillers when he is not on the clock. He quickly signs, confirming that he has a death-wish, though he claims to need the money. In Dhaka, Tyler secures the child in 10 minutes, which is enough to make him realize it’s not going to be a straightforward mission.

This is where the action right starts. With Amir taking over the entire police force of Dhaka, Tyler and Ovi Jr. attempt to escape their clutches. The beginning of the resulting chase – forests, roads and indoors – is depicted with a series of long sequences digitally stitched to look like a 12-minute sequence. Technically, it’s pretty impressive, considering the destruction and variety on display. It’s also high on thrill, with the shaky cam contributing to that experience. And with the camera stuck near Hemsworth, it’s clear the actor is doing most of his stunts himself. But at times, it also feels like a video game about how characters interact with their surroundings, noting only what’s in the frame, or how other characters appear out of nowhere, as and when convenient. Are.

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Rudraksh Jaiswal, Chris Hemsworth in Extraction
Photo Credit: Jasin Boland/Netflix

Extraction bridges the many action sequences with quiet moments that not only let the film breathe, but also creates much-needed space for character development and relationships. It’s hard to care about what’s happening on the screen if you don’t feel for the people on the screen. Almost everything on a Netflix film is about father and son, whether it’s with Tyler, Saju or the two Ovis. But it’s nothing special. And the presence of women here is very less. Golshifteh Farahani (about Aly) is high-profile by many, but his talents are wasted on extraction, as is the case with Penyuli, who orders people around and watches with binoculars, or Tripathi, Whose role is equivalent to a cameo. At least the presence of David Harbor — the Stranger Things star plays an old friend of Tyler’s — is just worth watching him nod his head for Hindi rap. Talking about, many Bollywood songs play in the background.

But then, that’s just window dressing for Extraction, which further adds to the surface-level depth of the Netflix film. March that one-note with characters—those who have characteristics to begin with, as others can also be replaced with props—who survive thanks to the plot armor, and it will surprise you. how (or if) the extraction would have been any different if it was still in its original form Ciudad, It has been through so much churning that the costumes for their non-descript band of Bangladeshi special forces look like abandonment for a film set in America. There’s no shortage of gunplay, grenades, and hand-to-hand combat on Extraction – but very little.

Extraction is available on Netflix on April 24 in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.

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