Despite impressive filmmaking, “Extraction” is exhausting, and ordinary, nonstop action.

When the son of an imprisoned international drug lord is kidnapped, a ruthless mercenary (Chris Hemsworth) is hired to “extract” him from the dangerous underworld of Bangladesh.

Bullets, chases and explosions — oh my. Netflix’s Extraction is nonstop action from the very beginning, feeling more like an exhausting, brutal and gory video game than an engaging and well thought out action flick.

If you love fast-paced action and highly stylized stunt coordination, then Extraction could be for you. There are some thrilling action scenes, in the same vein as John Wick and The Bourne Series.

However, what impressed me the most about this film is its 12 minute long, pulse-pounding, “single take” car chase sequence.

Director, Sam Hargrave, (who is also a stunt coordinator) STRAPPED himself to the camera car going 60mph to accurately capture the chaos of this scene. And holy shit was it worth it.

I am always in awe of directors who can masterfully capture these moments and add a new intensity to their storytelling. I hope we continue to see more directors taking this risk with this technically impressive way of filmmaking.

Does the filmmaking make up for the lack of complex plot and exhausting violence?

No. But hey, we’re in quarantine and I’ll take as much Chris Hemsworth as I can get.

Final Thoughts: If you like action, violence and don’t really need a challenging plot then Extraction is for you.

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