Extraction 2020 Netflix Movie Review
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Extraction stars Chris Hemsworth, RudhrakshJaiswal, and Randeep Hooda and was directed by Sam Hargrave in his directorial debut. Based on Ande Parksí 2014 graphic novel Ciudad,Extraction tells the story of mercenary Tyler Rake, played by Chris Hemsworth, whoís hiredto rescue the kidnapped son of a crime lord, while contending with a Bangladesh city onlockdown. When you picture a straight-to-streaming actionmovie, what do you usually think of? Quick-cut editing where you can barely seethe action? Iffy CGI? A dull, generic story youíve seen a hundredtimes before? Maybe an older action star whoís past theirprime? Thatís what I usually think of with thesetypes of movies too. So, even though the trailer for Extractionlooked pretty good, I didnít really expect all that much from it.
And maybe itís partly due to those loweredexpectations, but this movie really surprised me. It might sound overly obvious, but with anaction movie, you always go into it hoping the actual actionís gonna be good. Story and characters are nice, but with amovie like this, itís the promise of great action that draws people in. And let me tell you, Extraction does not disappoint. Even though itís a Netflix-released medium-budgetmovie, it has the soul of an action blockbuster. Itís got far more in common with theatricallyreleased action movies than it does with other direct-to-streaming or -video releases andI gotta say, I was really impressed with the action. Youíre gonna hear this comparison a lot ñfrom me and Iím sure from others ñ but this movieís got a lot of John Wick influence. The plot and story execution are quite different,but the moments of action have that same realistic, visceral feel to them.
The action sequences are extremely entertaining,but theyíre not shot in that over-the-top 80s action movie kinda way. It doesnít feel like youíre watching movieaction, so it has this different weight to it. Like I said, itís entertaining and itísfun to watch, but its brutality and intensity hit a little harder than you might expectin a movie like this. No pun intended. The visceral quality of the action isnítthe only thing Extraction has in common with John Wick.
And itís those scenes in particular wherethe Wickian gun-fu influence really seeps in cause it becomes this combo of hand-to-handcombat, grappling holds, and, of course, guns. Plus, it ís mostly shot in pretty long takes,so you can actually see whatís happening and can also see the toll it takes on charactersas they get progressively more injured over the course of the movie. Speaking of long takes, this movieís gotan 11-minute sequence at about the midpoint that I think people are gonna be talking aboutfor a while. Itís one of the more action intensive partsof the movie (which is saying something), but itís shot as a single, long continuous take. And itís not just a fight sequence in onelocation. It starts out as a car chase, then becomesa building raid, then a gun fight, a knife fight, a foot chase, and then another carchase.
All in one continuous shot. Obviously it wasnít all filmed in one shot,but the cuts are pretty seamless, mostly occurring during close-ups of a stationary object orin the motion blur of a quick pan. As was the case with 1917, youíre not evengonna notice them unless youíre really looking for them. The action is clearly the highpoint of thismovie and the big draw for most people, but I canít say I was dissatisfied with the story. Yeah, itís fairly generic and kind of derivativeof a lot of different things youíve seen before, but itís really not bad. The story runs pretty predictably, but thereare enough small, unexpected plot points to keep it interesting. That being said, this movie does make useof plenty of the classic genre tropes. Weíve got the shirt-removal-to-reveal-battle-scarsmoment, the painfully-set-a-broken-bone-in-the-field moment, and of course an emotionally-damagedtough guy character who has semi-frequent memory flashbacks of his former life.
The emotional stuff isnít the greatest here,but again, it wasnít bad. Certainly better than I anticipated goinginto this film. I definitely didnít expect to be saying this,but I think Extraction is one of the better Netflix Original movies and possibly theirbest Original action movie. To be honest, with the way things are panningout this year with movies, I think Extraction might end up going down as having some ofthe best action sequences of 2020. So, put aside some of those preconceived notionsabout straight-to-streaming action movies cause I think this one might surprise youtoo. Alright, letís talk about the pros and cons. Pro number one is gonna be pretty obvious:The Action. I gotta say, I wasnít really expecting allthat much from this movie. I thought the action was gonna be about onpar with other medium-budget streaming movies, but the action here was phenomenal. The fight choreography was very Wickian. It was extremely entertaining, but also surprisinglyreal-feeling. .
The second pro is the cinematography. And let me tell you, I was definitely notexpecting that from this movie either. The action in an action movie being a positive? Okay. But the cinematography in a straight-to-streamingaction movie? Sounds crazy, but itís really pretty good. This is a nice-looking film with some reallyimpressive camera-work. For instance, thereís this shot of Ovi playingpiano with a lot of reflections and one of Tyler framed in a doorway as a helicopterflies away. And then of course weíve got the camera-workduring the action scenes and especially during the impressive long-take sequence. On the con side, probably the biggest issuewas how derivative the story felt. Now I know the action genre isnít exactlyknown for plot creativity, but this one, for some reason, just constantly reminded me ofother movies and even some books.
I imagine some of thatís due to the graphicnovel source material though, which was probably influenced by a lot of those other stories,so itís not that surprising to have some of those action tropes and story clichÈsseep in. It never really took me out of the movie,so itís not a huge negative or anything, but it was noticeable to me. Before I give you my rating and recommendations,I want to remind you that if you're interested in buying any of the films I mentioned today,I do have affiliate links for all of them in the description below. I get a small commission from anything youbuy using one of my links, so I'd really appreciate if you'd use them if you're in the marketfor any of these movies. Iím gonna give Extraction 3.5 out of 5 paws.
I figured this one was gonna be pretty entertaining,but Iím actually surprised by just how action-packed and gripping this story was. Not bad for a Netflix Original action movie. I would recommend Extraction to people wholike big action movies. This didnít quite have the budget that weusually associate with action blockbusters, but it still really has that same feel. If you like intense fight sequences and especiallyhand-to-hand combat and close-quarters gunfights, youíre gonna love a good chunk of this movie. Itís definitely gonna stand as some of thebest action we see in 2020.
John Wick. Really, any of the three Wick movies. Cause if it was the action choreography andfight sequences you liked here, then youíll love John Wick. If you liked the general premise of a trainedtough guy hired to save a kidnapped kid, then you might want to check out Man on Fire, specificallythe 2004 remake with Denzel Washington. That one isnít quite as bombastic and excitingwith its action, but thereís definitely a lot more emotion to that one, which makesit very satisfying. If you want another movie featuring a kidnappedkid and a bit more action, youíll want to watch Arnold Schwarzenegger in Commando.
And if youíre not really interested in thekid subplot and just want to watch another big, brutal, over-the-top action-packed moviefeaturing a rescue, youíll want to check out Rambo, the 4th movie in the Rambo franchise,though First Blood Part II and Rambo III might also be up your alley. Alright, a couple questions for you guys. Number one: Have you seen Extraction? If so, whatíd you think of it? And number two: Whatís your favorite actionrescue movie? Be sure to leave your answers in the commentsbelow so we can get a discussion going. Alright, so if you got some enjoyment, insight,or information out of this review, Iíd appreciate it if youíd hit that like button. And, if you havenít done so already, pleasehit subscribe while youíre at it, so you can see more videos like this. Till next time, this has been Alyssa withMainely Movies: The way life should be.