On the one year anniversary of the release of Avengers: Endgame, we get the Russo Brothers, the directors of that film, producing something new with Chris Hemsworth (Thor) starring. The movie started streaming on Netflix today.
Extraction, based on a graphic novel called Ciudad, is an action-packed, uber-violent, romp complete with amazing action set pieces and a breath-taking finale on a bridge.
The son (Rudhraksh Jaiswal) of an imprisoned international drug dealer is taken hostage by a rival group and Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth), a black market mercenary, is hired to extract the kid from one of the most impenetrable cities in the world. When the extraction goes wrong, Tyler is forced to go to extreme measures to attempt to complete the mission.
Chris Hemsworth is great in this adventure. You believe every moment of his war and his determination was beautifully portrayed. What I especially liked was that they made Hemsworth’s Tyler more than just a highly trained killer. They gave him a story that informed on the character, one that provided some serious feelings for him.
Because of this, and the connection made by Tyler with the kid, Ovi, you really rooted for them to make it through this seemingly impossible mission. The few quiet moments between the two characters are really done well and help create the relationship that the film uses in the louder moments.
There was some humor in the film and it did not feel out of place. The Russos have a great track record for being able to create stakes for their characters without making it totally doom and gloom. There was a scene with the “Goonies from Hell” that made me laugh out loud. There was not an overabundance of humor by any stretch as the situation did not call for it. Still, it was there.
Directed by Sam Hargrave, a former stunt coordinator for the MCU among others, does an admirable job in his directorial feature debut. The action beats are well set up and you never have issues seeing what is happening.
What really elevates this above other Netflix action films is Chris Hemsworth. He has not had a huge hit outside of the character of Thor, despite usually being one of the best parts of the films. Here he truly carries the film on his large-sized back. There is a feel of old school 1980’s thrillers with action heroes busting through bad guys. It is extremely violent and filled with great action and I enjoyed the film.