Extraction (aka Out Of The Fire) begins with a battle-weary and ridiculously-named Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth), in a scene which is clearly giving us a chronically late scene in the story, before flashing back 2 days earlier to Mumbai, to begin how this all happened…
A rich man’s son, Ovi (Rudhraksh Jaiswal), has been kidnapped – the man becoming loaded thanks to being a drug lord, but the price of the ransom would be far too much, so it’s time to send in the experts… Thor! After all, he’s the only man on the planet who can meditate UNDER water!
Getting Ovi out from his captors is the easy part, but sneaking him out of Bangladesh, but some sneery bad guys don’t want a successful outcome out of this.
It won’t win any awards for script of the year, but there’s a cool car chase with the camera starting off outside of Tyler’s vehicle, before climbing in as it turns around, making it look like it just glided through the rear window, but then the chances are, the rear door will have just been CGI’d in. Then again. there’ll be a lot of CGI in this to make scenes look one-take when they’re a mixture of several takes stitched together, and in the first hour, this turns into a chase scene which goes on for quite some time, so kudos for the entertainment value in that.
Extraction also features some decent fight scenes, and overall, I would say it’s a “check your brain at the door” movie, but… you’re watching it at home.
There’s also some humour thrown in, such as for a change when Tyler’s set upon by kids brandishing guns and knives, he later refers to them as “being set upon by The Goonies from hell“. On the flip side, there’s been pain in Tyler’s life which shows why he wants to complete the mission, as you’ll discover when you watch it.
Also add support from Golshifteh Farahani as Nik, his handler; and Hellboy… I mean, David Harbour, as Gaspar, an old friend, who’ll pop up along the way, plus some typical movie cliches, and we have a film that’s engaging for almost a couple of hours (well, the last 14 minutes are end credits), although it’s still about 20 minutes too long.
And I’m not sure why it’s an 18-certificate, as there’s nothing over a standard 15-cert that I can see. Okay, so the fighting can be pretty relentless at time, but there’s nothing too graphic.
Either way, since Chris Hemsworth and the Russo brothers are behind this, after they all brought Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame to the big screen, I was only about 30-40 minutes into this when I figured I would expect this to be a massive hit and spawn a couple of sequels. Let’s see what happens…
Extraction is released tomorrow on Netflix, but isn’t yet available to pre-order on Blu-ray or DVD. However, you can buy the graphic novel on which this is based.
Running time: 116 minutes
Release date: April 24th 2020
Format: 2.35:1 (Panavision DXL2 8K, RED DSMC2 Monstro 8K, Red Dragon 6K)
Director: Sam Hargrave
Producers: Eric Gitter, Chris Hemsworth, Mike Larocca, Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Peter Schwerin
Screenplay: Joe Russo
Based on the graphic novel Ciudad by Ande Parks (story by Ande Parks, Joe Russo and Anthony Russo, and illustrated by Fernando León González and Eric Skillman)
Music: Alex Belcher, Henry Jackman
Tyler Rake: Chris Hemsworth
Nik Khan: Golshifteh Farahani
Gaspar: David Harbour
Ovi Mahajan: Rudhraksh Jaiswal
Saju: Randeep Hooda
Ovi Mahajan Sr: Pankaj Tripathi
Cute girl: Sara Rumao
Thiago: Chris Jai Alex
Amir Asif: Priyanshu Painyuli
Shadek Silver Haired Colonel: Shataf Figar
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