It’s fair to say that the solid if standard action movie “Extraction” was made far in advance of the coronavirus shutdown. But here it arrives on Netflix as one of the only actual noteworthy new movies to come out these days.
Starring Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth, and with a lot of other Avengers crew members behind the camera, “Extraction” is about as familiar an action movie as we’re going to see for a very long time. And in that vein, it works. The movie is a pretty bog standard action film, with just enough energy and innovation pumped into it to make it worth your time.
Perhaps it’s just nice to have a new movie to watch for once.
“Extraction” is very simple when it comes to plot. Hemsworth plays Tyler Rake a former soldier turned mercenary who is hired to save a kidnapped boy from some drug lords in a city in India. Rake is as skilled as John Wick, Jason Bourne and James Bond combined, so there’s all manner of shootouts, car chases and hand-to-hand combat.
Nothing in the plot stands out as particularly noteworthy. Rake goes into the city, saves the kid and then fights his way back out with a bunch of explosions and fist fights. Rake bonds with the kid during the extraction, so you know he’s going to put it all on the line to save the boy. The villains are all one-dimensional, along with Rake’s various allies. None of the actors bring anything really exciting to their characters.
The movie gave a lot of major supporting roles to Indian actors, so at least that’s something. But again, nobody creates a memorable character. Not even Hemsworth in the lead creates a new action character to get excited about. Everybody just plays their part.
The only really notable things about the movie is that the director, Sam Hargrave, was the stunt coordinator on a lot of big Marvel superhero movies, including the Avengers; and the script was written by Joe Russo, one of the directors from the last few big Avengers movies. So the people behind the camera on “Extraction” have made some of the world’s most favorite movies of the past few years.
So at the very least, they know how to make a movie look good, and they succeed with “Extraction”. The fight scenes are especially good, what with Hargrave’s extensive history choreographing fight scenes. And there’s one really notable “single take” shot that goes from a car chase to a gunfight to a street brawl to more, all made to look like one continuous take. That’s impressive, and is worth a watch if you’re into that sort of thing.
Otherwise, “Extraction” is just going to be a pretty good action movie that tries really hard to fill that movie-loving hole in our hearts.