Extraction English Movie Review

Feature Film | Action | 1h 56min
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First-time director Sam Hargrave extracts stunning pieces of action from his cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel. He also gets the best out of his star, Chris Hemsworth. But the movie overall is overkill and not artistic enough to be taken seriously.
Apr 27, 2020 By Sreejith Mullappilly

There is a sequence in the new Netflix Original film 'Extraction' where Chris Hemsworth's character 'Tyler' fights against cops inside a Dhaka building. At one point during the sequence, he and a kid go between two inhabited rooms where two different Hindi film songs are playing. It is an odd moment of distraction from the ludicrously over the top action in 'Extraction'. The film is set in Dhaka and it vies for authenticity but not much in it seems authentic.


It is overkill and not artistic enough to be taken seriously like Quentin Tarantino's 'Kill Bill'. It is not great to see bodies being ripped apart and even kids being smashed. It is a good thing 'Extraction' did not get a theatrical release. If it released on theaters, we would have been subject to 'alcohol is injurious' and 'smoking kills' warnings too (as if all the manslaughter hardly ever matters).


'Extraction' begins on a bridge in Dhaka, which is on lockdown. Our hero, Chris Harmsworth's 'Tyler' is a soldier with a troubled past. He seems so troubled that he casually jumps from a 30-meter height into a body of water in Australia. He dives very deep into the water and sits there in a meditative pose. That is about the only quiet moment he will have in the whole movie.


The 'Extraction' plot kicks in when Tyler is hired to rescue the son of an Indian drug lord, Pankaj Tripathi's Ovi Mahajan Sr., from the hands of his Dhaka counterpart. The project is far from easy warns his partner played by Golshifteh Farahani, and Tyler would quickly discover why it is the case.


The drug lord in Dhaka played by Priyanshu Painyuli controls even law enforcement there. He tells, and law enforcement people obey. That even results in Dhaka being forced into a state of lockdown. Frankly, this state is just an excuse to get Chris Hemsworth into the arse-kicking mode. Which brings us to the action in 'Extraction'. To give credits where due, first-time director Sam Hargrave extracts stunning pieces of action from his cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel. He also gets the best out of his star, Chris Hemsworth.


I like Hemsworth a lot and he is one of the best things about this Netflix action movie. There is some poignancy to his exchanges with the kid, Ovi Mahajan Jr. (Rudhraksh Jaiswal). At one point, the boy asks Hemsworth's character's name. It is 'Tyler' replies Hemsworth, and the boy says, 'You look like Brad'. The scene seems Hargrave's way of paying tribute to Brad Pitt's 'Tyler Durden' from David Fincher's 'Fight Club'. Speaking of Hemsworth looking like Brad - it is to his and the director's credit that the handsome and muscular 'Thor' star does not look out of place amid all those dilapidated Dhaka interiors.


Sreejith Mullappilly

   

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