Extraction Movie Review: Chris Hemsworth's Movie Brings Back Big-Screen Thrills At Home
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Extraction Movie Review: Chris Hemsworth's Movie Brings Back Big-Screen Thrills At Home

Extraction Movie Review: The movie keeps us engrossed through its predictable plotting

  • Movie Name Extraction (Netflix)
  • Director Sam Hargrave
  • Actor Chris Hemsworth, Rudhraksh Jaiswal, Randeep Hooda, Priyanshu Painyuli, Golshifteh Farahani, Pankaj Tripathi, David Harbour, Suraj Rikame
  • Rating
  • Rating 3.5/5 Stars

Rating: *** ½ (three and a  half stars)

It’s that not-so-old and certainly not forgotten feeling of sitting at the edge of my seat in a movie theatre, that this high-fidelity Netflix  actioner brought back right into  my home. And it’s the most  gratifying feeling to be swept into Chris Hemsworth’s  incredible  action-adventure as he rescues a 14-year old boy from  a vicious crimelord in Dhaka, played with chilling menace by Priyanshu Painyulli.

The  film, as we all know, was originally titled  Dhaka, for obvious reasons. But then,  for not so  obvious reasons (dial  ‘r’  for redtapism) Mumbai was  turned  into Dhaka, the  underlining premise of this geopolitical liberty being, all third-world Asian cities exude the same stench of  sweaty  bustle and   underworld crime.Painyulli’s  army of underage criminals  could be those slum boys from Danny Boyle’s films.

Foreigners always have a fixed way of looking at  India  and its metropolis. And Extraction is no exception. There are  numerous top-shots  of vehicles  stranded mid-traffic, of pedestrians  in  bright clothes negotiating  the  blaring horns and speeding vans…But wait! This is not the firangi film that  exploits and misrepresents  us poor natives.

As  a matter of fact, Extraction gives ample room to the Indian actors specially Randeep Hooda who is in fine form  in the second  lead  and young Rudhraksh Jaiswal who is  in almost every frame with Hemsworth who in the truest sense of screen heroism, decides to  protect  the  boy’s life from the   rush-hour  menace, even as  Hemsworth’s female  partner(Iranian stunner  Golshifteh Farahani, wasted )  and his  friend (David Harbour who makes a very unpleasant guest appearance)  warn  him to get rid  of  the  boy and run for his life  from a city that is controlled by criminals(not Mumbai, Dhaka, so  relax).

But is  Tyler Rake listening?  Hemsworth dives into the  mind and action of  Tyler  with a swimmer’s  gusto. I  bring up the swimming analogy with reason.Water and its  meditative  purposes play a   big hand  in the  plot. The plot is a simmering cauldron  of  discontent, designed  to exhibit  its leading man’s  muscle power. Hemsworth does an exceptionally  competent  turn as an action star,giving his all to the stunt scenes, and then some more.

The  kid who accompanies Hemsworth everywhere through the hellish journey  that takes them from  sewage  to foliage, should have made a stronger emotional impact, considering he is the  reason why everyone is  at risk. Somehow Rudrakhsh Jaiswal  is unable to  imbue his part with the  volume of  immediacy and charm  it requires. I just saw My Spy two nights ago where a  little girl Chloe  Coleman co-stars with  Dave Bautista. And she is  a natural-born scene stealer. Can’t say the  same  about Jaiswal.

Oops, I am  straying. Back to the action…There  is  one hand-to-hand room-to-room  compact-spaced combat  in  a cramped low-income borderline-chawl  apartment  block featuring Hemsworth and Hooda which has to be  seen to be believed .(A trivial quibble: every  apartment plays Bollywood songs, when this is  supposed to be Dhaka).  The  camerawork by Newton  Thomas Sigal  acts as an accomplice rather than an eyewitness  during the stunts. The  experience is immersive and riveting, pinning our attention down to the  last bone-crunching  blow, and the  final  blood-spilling  bullet.

  Tearing a  page  and a limb out  of Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky  and  Arnold Schwarzenegger’s  Terminator one-man-army theory  of celluloid heroism, Extraction keeps us engrossed  through its predictable plotting. That we  know  exactly how this  kidnapping saga will pan  out does not deter our interest. There is a delectable  hint of  a sequel at the end.And I am  agog.

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