Extraction 2 review
After the success of 'Extraction' starring Chris Hemsworth, the cast and the team once again came together to make a sequel to this movie. 'Extraction II' was released on June 16, 2023, on Netflix with the same cast having Chris Hemsworth, Golshifteh Farahani, and Adam Bessa reprised in their roles, with Olga Kurylenko, Daniel Bernhardt, Tinatin Dalakishvili, and Idris Elba joining them. The movie is an American action thriller directed by Sam Hargrave and written by Joe Russo based on a novel, Ciudad.
Being a part of Marvel films, directed and produced by the famous Russo brothers, the 'Extraction' films embody a certain kind of structure: big-budget, brutal crime. Even if the main character is named John Rambo, Jason Bourne, or John Wick, he is a different kind of person: a killer who tries to stay away from his deadly profession but still has to come back after being pushed into it too many times. He is grieving about his unfortunate past and has had tragic experiences. The actor who plays him is so fierce in his bloody moments that you'd think he'd survive 100 bullets to his head, face, and chest, as well as bullet wounds, knives, and injurious grenades. Although, here that role is played by Chris Hemsworth.
The best member of the team is Chris Hemsworth. Hemsworth plays the role of Tylor Lake--the young boy's idea of an action hero, but thanks to Chris? it seems almost as good as a real person. He is a very good actor with a lot of range in him as he managed to become a dangerous bimbo, a notorious hacker, an angry mercenary, a 19th-century whaler, a cult leader, and the mighty Thor. He even has a bit of the air of a self-conscious young Sean Connery but at the same time, he has some kind of hidden pain in his heart which makes the hero tough but emotional, making the 'Extraction' movies stand out.
Tylor served in the special forces with the Australian Army. When his child was seriously ill and fighting for his life, he still decided to go on another deadly mission in Afghanistan. The young man was not there when his son died and that led his family to fall apart He became a mercenary after his marriage broke up. Guilt over the failure of being a good husband and father is a supporting theme in the 'Extraction' franchise, as is the amnesia in the 'Bourne' films and the sadness in the 'John Wick' films. Tylor's adventures and crazy missions serve as salvation set in an action movie sequence from the film's hellish, shadowy portrayal of abusive fathers who, neglect, mistreat, or otherwise ignore their children and see them as extensions of themselves or their brand. Tylor's main enemies are his dark parents, who may represent Tylor's own masochistic feelings of failing her family.
Tylor appeared in the original 'Extraction' movie, rescuing the son of an Indian drug lord who was kidnapped and imprisoned in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The young boy is a pawn in the conflict between powerful bullies and private armies. Playing a father figure to the young boy he rescues, Tylor accepts the job making himself a punching bag for his past mistakes in an urban hellhole-purgatory (the place used in the novel is Paraguay). In this movie, when Tylor returns from his last job, an unidentified man (Idris Elba, who is so charming that people expect him to appear in the third movie) arrives at his home in the woods and brings news from her ex-wife (a woman who is Georgian). The children and the sister of her ex-wife are held captive in a Georgian prison by her drug dealer husband, a corrupt businessman Davit (Tonick Buziawa). Rake is chosen to rescue the family from prison and save them from Davit and his more psycho brother Zurab (Tonick Gogliciani). Problems arise while the mission is taking place. All the audience should know is that the movie has three long action sequences interspersed with a bit of character development.
The first is a 21-minute sequence about Tylor and the family's brave escape from prison, boarding a train, and being chased across the tundra by a helicopter carrying body armored soldiers. All the thugs surviving the air crash jump on the train and fight Tylor. Two of his friends, Nik (Golshaffey Farahani) and Yaz (Adam Bessa) fight using fists, knives, and pretty much anything else present near them. Sam Hargrave, a former stunt coordinator who did his first directing debut in the first 'Extraction' takes this flamboyant but undeniably fascinating "standalone" which appears similar to films such as 'War of the Worlds' by Steven Spielberg and 'Children of Men' by Alfonso Cuarón and pushes it to dazzling extremes.
Just like how it was in the first 'Extraction', this movie has a video game effect to it. The camera used by cinematographer Greg Baldi is usually over the shoulder, as in first-person perspective like a vintage shot similar to a shooter game. This perspective changes distance to capture close-up or wide shots of cars and pedestrians in and out of the moving train, often violating the laws of physics along with the rules of the production insurance companies. Even with the bloodshed, broken bones, and Eastern European blue-gray filter, you know this scene isn't any more "real" than the Avengers confronting Thanos.
Some of the main animations that take us from outside to inside and back again are a little too clever for their own good and some combos and helicopters fail the believability test. However, the audience would still appreciate the amount of effort put into these scenes similar to how one would have appreciated a piano concerto having a song so difficult that most pianists would have had difficulty even hitting the notes.
Speaking of the other two major scenes in the movie, they are loosely based on two major films, one being the famous 'Die Hard' and the other one of John Woo's great movies about twins fighting (probably 'The Killer' which, similar to 'Extraction', ends in a cathedral next to many candles, with pigeons flying around). While the editing time is sometimes very long and the filming can be uncomfortable (Hargrave trying to build a new version of the Russo Brothers' "ragged equals excitement" approach), they plan and somewhat succeed in doing it smoothly. However, to everyone's surprise, they face a special problem of being good enough to be the venue for almost any epic performance but still seem somewhat lacking as they follow the jailbreak-to-railway sequence.
As a subplot to this epic action movie, one of the children of ex-sister-in-law, Sandro (Andro Japaridze), has been taught since childhood to walk on the path of violence and become a gangster like his father and uncle. The kid is supposedly stuck between recognizing his family's multi-generational history of violence and later brainwashing and choosing a different path or choosing the path of violence eventually to take revenge on the hero for killing his loved one during the jailbreak scene. Anyone who has watched a sad action or superhero movie, unfortunately, knows how it works. The male lead, Chris Hemsworth will not be eliminated, so you will have to play the waiting game.
Hemsworth and his co-stars are smart and thoughtful. They do this job of bringing a character to life very seriously. They delve into the themes of trauma and guilt in Joe Russo's screenplay, give it a "graphic novel" dimension with an element of seriousness (i.e. cheap fiction portrayed in moderation), and elevate 'Extraction 2' above the level of glorified video games. However, neither Tylor nor her friends and family have enough depth, neither in writing nor in the limited screen time market. The movie is dedicated to providing viewers with more and more action. The makers really wanted to make a film adaptation of a combination of both a John le Carré novel and a shooter game. The first 'Extraction' is nearly able to pull off this idea when Tyler is joined by a senior friend played by David Harbor, who is crazier than Tylor. Our hero bonds with him over time but he eventually turns out to be unfaithful. Another time when the movie gets very close to this idea is when Tylor talks to someone about her biggest regret during a fight, instead of mixing it up as a metaphor. Overall, however, the show is careful to keep track of what it sees as its audience and does everything to appeal to that audience: those who seek anything related to characterization and emotions as "filler".
However, you can appreciate the film's effort to put the military-related killing spree all over the place as if it were real and give it a role that goes beyond all major filmmaking, making itself stand a little above the level of a standard action movie. The movie 'Extraction' is about the possible adult that might be there in all the kids, in contrast to most Hollywood movies today focusing on the kids that are there in all the adults. Although rated as "R", it may be intended for children over 12 years of age. When you're young, suddenly realizing that someone you once admired is going to let you down and lie to you most of the time are emotions that are experienced at a young age. When both the parents and children are trapped in a web of disappointment and the kids get to know that the one you look forward to can possibly hurt you.
Critic Robert Bryan Taylor praised the film as a "sad action hero classic" with Chris Hemsworth as the best member. The hero in the movie, Tylor's adventures manage to save the film from being discarded to the side because of its videogame-like sequence and predictable story. However, the directors as well as other actors also play their role incredibly to bring out the best of the plot in the limited screen time. The film is dedicated to providing viewers with more action scenes and adrenaline rushes but at the same time, it struggles to capture the depth of the characters and emotions. If someone is an adrenaline junkie or a fan of Chris Hemsworth or both, this movie is worth a watch for them.