We hosted another Music City Drive-In tonight and we watched Netflix’s brand new film ‘Extraction’.
Plot: 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.
When watching this trailer you got the feeling that this would be your prototypical action film that Netflix has produced lately. You had Six Underground, Coffee & Kareem, and even last year’s Triple Frontier.
The film plays like an action sequence scene you get in-between takes while playing Call of Duty. The action is done well for the most part as you feel the intensity of the hand to hand combat and the gun battles. I think they tried way too hard to make this a campy version of John Wick, they played off some of the sequences within some of the action scenes that felt like a blatant rip-off. But for the most part, the action worked just fine.
The film decided to try to get serious and that’s where I had a huge issue with the film. The writing was horrendous. They give us little to no idea of this “past” that Tyler (Hemsworth) has minus this small sequence between him and Ovi. I hate when an over the top film like this attempts to make things serious, it’s annoying and lazy.
** out of ***** stars
Extraction is an okay film, it packs a solid punch with its action but the screenplay was fighting an uphill battle the entire movie.
Hemsworth is perfect for this type of role, he shows up, looks buff, shoots people, and moves on with his life.
The film tried way too hard to take itself seriously. If you want to be over the top, be over the top, if you want your one-man vs. one hundred men, do that, but by no means do slow down this action-packed film with un-needed dialogue.
Should You Watch It?: Sure. If you are looking for a throw away film with good action and no substance, this is the film for you.
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