Zach’s Zany Movie Reviews: EXTRACTION (Netflix)

Holy shit, three in a row! This has never happened with Netflix originals, but I am not holding my breath for it to keep continuing this trend, especially when we have Dangerous Lies and The Wrong Missy coming out to the streaming platform in the next several weeks, and both of those look like train wrecks. But EXTRACTION is a decent kind of action bad ass train wreck, the only three things that prevent it from being fantastic is the “riddled with more cliches than you know what to do with ho-hum plot”, very little character development, and an ending that might have ruined the entire emotional journey if there ends up being sequels to this thing (which they will because Netflix doesn’t know the difference between their ass or a hole in the ground). The one great thing the movie might be a precursor to is how great director Sam Hargrave’s future career could become. See, he is another stuntman for a bunch of movies turned director, kind of like the previous career of the director of the John Wick movies, Stahelski. After those films and now this, we constantly need more former stuntmen to turn directors. They been in this business for quite a long time and when their bones can’t handle the hits anymore their talent transfers to their eye for the camera. They know the ins and outs, the tricks of the trade, how to frame and shoot an action scene. The key to a successful future though, is a partner screenwriter in crime that can come up with the perfect action plot. That is where this movie doesn’t come up to snuff a bit.

Extraction stars Thor…errr I mean a character named Tyler (Chris Hemsworth) who is a a fearless black market mercenary with a tragic past and he embarks on the most deadly extraction of his career when he’s enlisted to rescue the kidnapped son of an imprisoned international crime lord. Chris Hemsworth I already think is a great actor, and here he is no different. He gives his all mentally and physically too. I’ve seen some behind the scenes stuff with this film, and he was choreography wise brought his A+ game. Due to him only having the littlest character development this movie has, he seemed like he brought his A+ acting game as well, especially in the latter half. The action in this movie is incredible. I’ve heard it called “Diet John Wick” and I’ve have to say that is pretty accurate. The movie isn’t as hard core as John Wick is, but it gets close at times, especially when it displays the little snippets of gun fu and a bunch of double taps and head shots. The grand show is almost about halfway through the film and it contains this really long car chase mixed in with some running and hiding. It is made to look like a one shot/take kind of thing, even though you can completely see where the cuts would be. And some of the CGI in it is kind of noticeable, but damn if it isn’t thrilling. This film is a straight up action film, with a couple of beats here and there to take a break, including an extended cameo from a very famous Stranger Things alum. The problem with the film isn’t the action, it’s the smaller details that all the non stop action hopes that you fail to see.

Such as, there is no character development with anyone except for Chris Hemsworth’s character. And even his has nothing you haven’t seen before. The movie is very predictable, with double and triple crosses you can see coming from a mile away. The whole scene with the Stranger Things alum was very unnecessary, cliched, and a dumb twist makes the alum just one of the many characters he/she has played in other films of this caliber (if you know this actors filmography, you’ll know what I mean when it happens.) The plot is pretty straight forward and doesn’t contain an ounce of originality. What else? Hmmm, well, I don’t want to say much about the ending to not spoil it for you, but basically, if the ending is what I think it is, it basically ruins one character’s journey, as it seems like it was a set up for inevitable sequels. I smell studio involvement, and you’ll smell it too once you watch it and see how it ends. But, it is entertaining as hell, so I basically forgave all that stuff while I was watching it and didn’t start to nitpick until that ending. The movie was written by Joe Russo, once of his first writing features, and maybe he should give the reins to someone else next time and just stick to directing with his directing partner, his brother Anthony. It’s a great one or two time watch for sure, a definite step above the also one time watch watchable movie I just saw Underwater. If there is a sequel to this thing, who knows what will happens when stuff is starting to get green lit and filmed again, I just hope they can extract a better story and script from someone’s brain, because fool me once, shame on you, but I can’t ignore it if the mediocrity happens again.

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