Extraction (2020)

“You drown not by falling into the river, but by staying submerged in it.” – Ovi

Number of Times Seen – 1 (26 Apr 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A mercenary is hired to rescue the kidnapped child of a crime lord.

My Take on it – This is a film that has been hyped recently due to the lack of theatrical features due to the word wide Corona Virus.

The fact that this film stars a MCU hero (Chris Hemsworth), has two former MCU directors on board (The Russo Brothers – one as producer and one as writer) and an MCU Stunt coordinator (as director) gives this film semi-blockbuster status even before the credits disappear.

The premise is one that has been used numerous times in the past and they fail to really bring anything new to the genre which is a shame.

This film tho isn’t about having a story since it’s a no nonsense all-out action film that is meant to have a very slim plot and relies heavily on the way that the action and body count rises throughout.

The film has a 10+ minute action scene that doesn’t let up for a second in order for the audience to catch their breath.

The biggest problem here tho is the fact that the story is really shallow and there is no reason to care about any of the characters or what will happen to them because none of them are developed at all.

This is a movie that probably would have worked much better if it had been made in the 80’s and starred either Sylvester Stallone or Arnold Schwarzenegger but Hemsworth just can’t carry this film as well as they could have despite his action star status and ultimately this is just an average action film instead of something even better.

Bottom Line – Interesting idea that fails to bring anything really original to the genre. This is a no nonsense all out action film that has a very slim plot yet is heavy on action scenes. The 10+ minute single take action sequence is quite impressive to watch because so much happens without a single beat off for the audience to catch it’s breath. The problem here is that the story itself is pretty shallow and doesn’t help make us care about any of the characters since they are all completely underdeveloped. This might have worked much better in the 80’s with Stallone or Schwarzenegger in the lead, but even with Hemsworth being such a great action star, he can’t he make this anything better than average.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The single-take action sequence lasts exactly 11 minutes 30 seconds. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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2 thoughts on “Extraction (2020)

  1. Guess I liked it a lot better than you did. As you said – it’s a straight ahead balls out action movie (directed by Hemsworth’s stunt double) and it has about as much plot as it needs. It’s about a no nonsense mercenary still mourning the loss of his son, trying to rescue the son of another man. Pretty much all you need. As for Hemsworth not being up to Stallone and Schwarzenegger’s 80’s action heroes – I disagree again. I thought he was solid in the role.

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