Noob Reviews: Extraction
Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included helping explain specific points.
What is Extraction?
Announced out of the blue in early April of this year and released on Netflix just weeks later. Extraction is a fast-paced action film with heavy elements of thriller and crime that sees an Indian drug lord’s son captured by a rival drug cartel and ransomed back to him. Unfortunately Ovi Mahajan senior is incarcerated and unable to launch any sort of rescue mission himself for his son Ovi Mahajan, so has to rely on his right-hand man Saju to get him back. However, unwilling to pay the ransom and appear weak, Ovi senior threatens the life of Saju’s family should he fail.
Enter Tyler Rake. A former SASR (Special Air Service Regiment) ex Australian special forces operative. Tyler is on a self-destructive path after the loss of his family and will willingly accept any and all missions, no matter the pay or danger. Something his handler and friend Nik Khan, quickly realises. Personal issues aside though, Tyler and Nik manage to come to an agreement that sees Tyler sent into Dhaka, Bangladesh. To rescue Ovi. A city under the control of not only the drug lord Amir Asif, Ovi’s father’s rival, but the corrupt police and military officials Amir pays to do his bidding.
Extraction from here on out is a non-stop action ride riddled with betrayal, honour, Tyler’s path for redemption and Nik trying to get her most valuable asset (and friend) out of Dhaka in one piece. All the time Tyler butting heads and having frequent run-ins with Saju who is trying to extract Ovi himself to ensure his family’s lives are spared by Ovi senior.
Do you have a trailer to show us?
- Official trailer linked from Netflix’s YouTube channel -
You can also find the listing on Netflix here.
When did it come out?
Extraction was released in April 2020.
Who are some of the actors and actresses that we might know?
Chris Hemsworth (Tyler Rake)
David Harbour (Gaspar)
Golshifteh Farahani (Nik Khan)
Rudhraksh Jaiswal (Ovi Mahajan)
Shataf Figar (Bajlur Rashid)
For a full cast listing, please see the official IMDB page here.
What did you think of Extraction?
When seeing the trailer initially for Extraction, I had a feeling of dread that it looked so good, it would be a film that had its best moments in the trailer, but I was glad to be proven wrong. If anything, the trailer merely scratches the surface of Extraction. And sets the pace that simply continues throughout the film. From well-choreographed gunfights, to hand to hand combat and even vehicular stunts that will leave your jaw hanging. Personally, when it came to the nitty-gritty and getting stuck in for the fight sequences. Chris Hemsworth really stepped up and put his all into the character. Nik Khan (aka Golshifteh Farahani) also becomes a robust and reliable character throughout and her personal mission to avenge one of the fallen during the events in Dhaka, gave me a real fist-pumping into the air moment.
Although the mercenary is sent into country x to secure asset x for shady organization x is a very overplayed storyline for films, books and tv shows alike. Extraction really adds in a heavy character development ark for Tyler as well as a thorough exploration of his developing bond with Ovi and professional rivalry with Saju. It takes time to focus on the people aspects, the relationships and the background to why they are doing what they are doing. And it pays off really well.
In addition to the character development, the script has also had many unique plot twists and turns to make it just about stand out, and the acting is on point. Lines are delivered clearly, and with passion and when certain characters are injured or killed, you can feel that guy churning sensation as a character you came to care about is taken out. No one is safe. Anyone can be killed.
Visually as mentioned, the stunts, action sequences and fights are beautifully captured, and the shooting locations are breathtaking. Bustling and active city streets. Run-down and almost derelict alleys and fantastic, lush jungles leading down to rivers. The sheer scope of environments within such a small distance travelled is excellent.
All in all, a great film that had a few areas it could have worked on story-wise, but it is left very open-ended. Dare I even say ambiguous. If there were to be a sequel, I would definitely watch it.
What rating would you give Extraction?
I would give Extraction a rating of 4.6 out of 5 bananas.
A sleeper hit for 2020 that was announced as a Netflix original and then launched mere weeks later. Whether you are interested in the human aspect of the story, the action sequences or the criminal undertones - Extraction has something for all. I can highly recommend giving this a look and should a squeal be announced, I will definitely give it a watch.
Thank you very much for checking out the review, and if you are interested in Extraction and would like to check it out for yourself, to form your own opinion, you can check it out here.