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Extraction Film Review: A dreary action thriller with a plot as thin as paper.

Aakash Mishra

At times it highlights how kids are also used by mobsters in different situations and I thought that the movie might take a high, Bollywood-ish risk by extracting a set of kids rather than a single kid but thankfully, it doesn’t. But clearly, that Bollywood plot would have been much more interesting in many ways than this.

Director: Sam Hargrave

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Rudraksh Jaiswal, Pankaj Tripathi, Randeep Hooda

Streaming: Netflix

Netflix’s Extraction clearly has a jejune plot and is only creative at a few places as far as the action is concerned. This is just Thor without his hammer in the real world with an obviously more humane behavior. Extraction is the directorial debut of Sam Hargrave, the stunt coordinator on some of the biggest films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Avengers: Endgame, Infinity War and Captain America: Civil War. Hargrave has worked with the Russo brothers for a long time. Extraction is based on a graphic novel, co-written by Ande Parks and Joe and Anthony Russo. The film’s screenplay has been written by Joe Russo.

The film gets right down to business, delivering a persistent shower of blood, bullets and blown-up cars. There are very few surprises here, the story doesn’t have much more than what has already been shown in the trailer. An Indian drug lord’s kid Ovi (Rudhraksh Jaiswal) gets kidnapped by Bangladesh’s drug lord Amir Asif (Priyanshu) and Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth) is appointed to rescue the kid. Tyler is a mercenary who jumps off a cliff to remind us that the spirit of Thor never leaves Chris Hemsworth, no matter which type of film he gets. Randeep Hooda as Saju, an ex-special force who is the Man Friday of the Indian mobster, Ovi Mahajan Senior. He spends half of his time fighting with Tyler while he could have easily talked and explained to him why he was actually chasing him and the kid. I would have loved seeing both of them killing half the unit of Bangladesh police in a deadly partnership.

The movie is solely dependant on gritty action and violence. You don’t have to guess what happens next, you just have to guess in which new way Tyler will defeat the whole police force of Bangladesh. At times it highlights how kids are also used by mobsters in different situations and I thought that the movie might take a high, Bollywood-ish risk by extracting a set of kids rather than a single kid but thankfully, it doesn’t. But clearly, that Bollywood plot would have been much more interesting in many ways than this. All the characters just get some background points and not enough background details to feel a connection. Tyler and Saju get a handy background but it isn’t used to its full potential. Pankaj Tripathi as Ovi Mahajan Senior just gets a small appearance and his character isn’t explored much. Though Sam Hargrave utilizes the location quite brilliantly and even uses the native language(s) efficiently to give a global taste to this action thriller. With a plot as thin as a paper, this is more like an action movie by Micheal Bay if he’s told to adjust a superhero in a world of real humans.

As far as the performances are concerned, every character has very limited space and even an actress who is so refined and spectacular like Golshifteh Farahani gets only three important gunshots. David Harbour also gets a fight scene with Chris and at that point, as a Marvel fan, you can only think that this is a match between Red Guardian and Thor in human mode. Randeep Hooda is the only one who gave a notable performance. Priyanshu Painyulli is a brutal drug lord but is always dressed as if he is just going to a wedding. Dialogues are another weak aspect of the show, as I said earlier they are used to give a global taste by switching into catchy native Bengali Language but it has also been used as an escape so that nobody questions its dullness. Even emotional conversations also look very inauthentic and plain. Cinematography is fresh though some continuous single shots are also wasted because of the flood of action sequences.  And I sense a trend for single shots has already started after 1917. In fact, the background score isn’t very unique or groovy.

Overall, Extraction delivers high octane action sequences but doesn’t have anything else except that.

FINAL VERDICT – Below Average, watch it only for action sequences.

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