"Extraction" (2020) | Sam Gall Movie Review Issue #54 Gem Mint 10.0

“Extraction“ (2020)

Director: Sam Hargrave

Writer: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Ande Parkes (based on the graphic novel "Ciudad by), Fernando León González

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Rudhraksh Jaiswal, David Harbour, Randeep Hooda

Rated: R for strong bloody violence throughout, language and brief drug use

Runtime: 1h 56min

Genre: Action, Thriller

Tyler Rake, a fearless black market mercenary, embarks on the most deadly extraction of his career when he's enlisted to rescue the kidnapped son of an imprisoned international crime lord.

You might like this if you like: Chris Hemsworth, action movies, stunts, martial arts, "The Raid" (2011-2014) franchise, military action movies, Joe & Anthony Russo(s movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe, graphic novels/comic books, "Rambo" (1982-2019) franchise, "John Wick" (2014-2019) franchise

Chris Hemsworth & Randeep Hooda in "Extraction" (2020)

Seeing the Marvel team take what they learned / what the fans loved from "Captain America: Winter Soldier" (2014) and giving it a mature layer (of violence) and essentially making the entire film an extended action scene from ‘Winter Soldier’ (2014) was pretty fun. This is not a change-the-world-type film but it’s one helluva action movie that delivers all the genre goods and more!

Having felt like it had been awhile since I’d seen Hemsworth without his Hammer, I felt an immediate wave of refreshment when he first came on screen in “Extinction”(2020). He does still seem insanely superhuman in this film but I still felt it was a nice change from “Thor”.

Chris Hemsworth in "Extraction" (2020)

Having been raised on “The Raid” films by Gareth Evans and having not had one since 2014 I was craving something of that caliber and “Extinction” (2020) fit in perfectly. It’s a lot closer to the first ‘Raid’ film “The Raid: Redemption” (2011) in terms of its setting and situations all to support some incredible action sequences and make something simple, incredible. Whereas, with “The Raid 2” (2014), a more complex story was woven through (which I still loved) but there a uniqueness in the first one’s simplicity much like “Extinction” (2020).

Hemsworth proves he can keep up with the more hand-to-hand combat than what I’m used to seeing him in. Tossing their hat into ring with films like “John Wick” (2014-2019), “Atomic Blonde” (2017), and other American Action/Martial Arts fusion films. I mean “Extinction” (2020) could easily be called a white-washed “The Raid” which I wouldn’t disagree with AND quite possibly, was going to be the American remake they had planned to make years ago that I thought was going to be called by the same name (I will double check). But despite all that I can still enjoy the hell out of this movie. Chris Hemsworth is always enjoyable for me to watch either comedically, dramatically or in action. He won me over with “Thor: Ragnarok” (2017) and ever since I’ve just grown to see and love his silliness, kindness and talent. He just showed me a new side to him that I can’t wait to see more of.

David Harbour (left), Chris Hemsworth (middle) & director Sam Hargrave (right) on the set of "Extraction" (2020)

The kid played by Rudhraksh Jaiswal was good, but he didn’t do much / serve any other purpose to me than to serve Chris Hemsworth. David Harbour was fun to see too but honestly the whole movie is kind of doing that which again I’m totally fine with. If you want Chris Hemsworth kicking some ass in a brutal action thriller you will get those goods delivered. I don’t think this film really needs my help too much as it was Netflix’s #1 for awhile but the action scenes (if you’re an action fan or plan on directing action) this is a good bar to have.

Rudhraksh Jaiswal (left) & Chris Hemsworth (right) in "Extraction" (2020)

Only lately with “John Wick” (2014-2019), “Anna” (2019) and “Old Guard” (2020) have I been noticing steps in a new direction for action. Especially females in action with the latter two. It’s exciting. I thrive on action films. They’re a huge part of my diet and a huge reason why I’m in / love this business. “Extinction” (2020) fits right in with this new direction that I can’t wait to see where it goes and hopefully join myself one day.

Written by Sam Gall on 09/26/20

CGC Grading: Gem Mint 10.0

"When you're watching a blood-soaked Hemsworth slash and shoot his way through dozens of bad guys, it's difficult to have too many complaints." - Tom Beasley, Flickering Myth

"Accidentally as close as anyone has come to capturing a "Call of Duty" game on film (right down to the agreeably over-the-top, very VERY R-rated body-count and blood-spilling." - Bob Chipman, Escapist Magazine

"Extraction's centerpiece is undoubtedly a prolonged, single-take shot that's nothing short of mind-blowing in terms of its audacity and effectiveness." - David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews

"Extraction, while predictable and a tad overcooked, succeeds as a rousing action flick thanks to incredible set pieces and a strong performance from Chris Hemsworth." - Jeff Ames, ComingSoon.net

Official Trailer:

Available on Netflix

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