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Extraction – Thor Gone Commando

Punches flying around, bodies being thrown about, backs breaking, trucks and cars hitting people, and even kids being thrown off roofs, this movie certainly won’t disappoint anyone who’s an avid voyeur of action-packed flicks.

Summary

Extraction (2020), directed by Sam Hargrave, stars Chris Hemsworth, Rudhraksh Jaiswal, and Randeep Hooda, including a set of other notable actors and actresses such as David Harbour and Golshifteh Farahani.

Contracted to rescue the kidnapped son of a ruthless international crime lord, a tough black-ops mercenary operative begins to discover there’s more than what he bargained for.

Sent to the dangerous underworld of weapons dealers and high-level drug trafficking in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a life-threatening predicament starts to unfold that could prove to be fatal not just for the hired mercenary, but for everyone involved.

Photo: Thematic Entertainment

Bad ass Performances

Chris Hemsworth’s performance deserves credit in and of itself.

The many stunts and spectacles he had to do are a great example, like John Wick, of how action movies should be produced.

Not with choppy and blocky editing which ruins the structure and direction of the plot, but with carefully planned and choreographed precision.

Hargrave does that well in this movie in that at no point did I feel as if there were any rushed or uncareful moments when it came to the armed and intense battles.

Hooda gave an exceptional performance as well. Working closely with Hemsworth, I can see how both of their characters and how they interacted with each other gave the film an enhanced experience, especially when it comes to the hand-to-hand combat.

The choreographed fights between them are done phenomenally well. I was on the edge of my seat watching intently as they traded swift and quick blows.

David Harbour also made a good appearance. Although he was only in the movie for about a brief moment, he definitely stood out in his scenes somewhere around two-thirds to the end.

His character Harper, uhh I mean Gaspar, acts as a kind of deus-ex machina when Rake needed help the most in his mission.

I found that a little bit irritating when it happened, however I quickly forgot about it when they engaged in those awesome fight maneuvers with each other.

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Visual Choreography

Without a doubt, the best aspects were the shocking visuals and fight scenes.

Particularly in the beginning, I was jolted off my seat when the first major one occurred.

The wicked and cool combat done between Rake and the Bangladeshi kidnappers was definitely a sight to see. It’s brutal, unforgiving, and deadly, all imperative traits needed for a good choreographed fight.

One scene that I can specifically recall off the top of my head is that of the encounter between Rake and Rav.

It was absolutely stunning to see them perform well-placed strikes and counters, grasping knives tightly trying to cut one another.

Honestly, I could’ve watched that go on for hours and still not lose attention (although they’d probably both be dead by then).

In addition to the visuals and imagery, the sound effects also increased dramatic effect. The low, serious tones executed throughout the plot evoked an air of fast-paced immediacy.

It brought exciting moments of rapid, split-second intensity, as well as soothing and calming ones when dialogue was needed.

Final Thoughts

Ultimately, I was riveted ecstatically and fully engaged with this action-packed thriller.

The movie did drag on a little bit at certain points and was becoming slow-changing, but it eventually caught up at the end with the climax.

Some of the characters I hoped would have gotten a couple extra scenes with backstory.

For example, the character Ovi Mahajan could’ve used a bit more development as the plot progressed. Initially, I didn’t really know much about him other than he likes to pretend-play the piano with his fingers when he’s nervous.

Some more exposition on his character would’ve been enough to establish his identity, but I guess with what was shown from his interactions with Rake and Rav it was made up for, so I’m okay with that.

In short, if you’re someone looking for a great action-shooter fight play and want to see impressive hand-to-hand combat, then give this movie a shot (no pun intended).

FP Score – Noteworthy

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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