A ruthless mercenary is hired to save the kidnapped son of an international crime lord in Extraction, a new film debuting later this month on Netflix to further alleviate our sheltering-in-place ennui. It’s produced by the Russo Brothers (Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: End Game), which is probably how the film snagged Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth, as the star. We can thank Netflix for Stranger Things‘ David Harbour’s welcome appearance.
Joe Russo penned the script, and the duo tapped stunt coordinator Sam Hargrave to make his directorial debut. Hargrave’s stunt work has been featured in several MCU films (Captain America: Civil War, Thor: Ragnarok, for example), as well as The Hunger Games franchise and Atomic Blonde. So if nothing else, we can definitely look forward to some well-choreographed action sequences with Extraction.
The official premise is short and sweet: “Tyler Rake (Hemsworth) is a fearless black market mercenary who embarks on the deadliest mission of his career when he’s enlisted to rescue the kidnapped son of an international crime lord.” Compounding matters is the fact that Rake has recently lost his own son and is dealing with the grief and depression one might expect from such a tragedy. And the extraction of the crime lord’s son, Ovi (played by newcomer Rudraksh Jaiswal), proves significantly more difficult than originally anticipated.
The trailer opens by establishing Rake’s precarious state of mind. We see a brooding Rake jumping off a cliff and settling in for a bit of underwater meditation. “You’re hoping if you spin the chamber enough times, you’re gonna catch a bullet,” his handler (played by Golshifteh Farahani) declares. “It’s just easier that way,” he responds. Rake’s new assignment: inserting himself into an ongoing feud between the biggest drug lord in India and the biggest drug lord in Bangladesh.
Rake makes quick work of the men holding Ovi, takes a photo to establish proof of life, and checks that the kid is wearing a bulletproof vest. “If you want to stay alive, you do exactly what I say,” he tells the boy. His motto: “Move fast, stay low.” But then the city goes on lockdown, making the extraction nigh impossible. “That kid is a walking corpse,” Harbour’s character tells Rake. “And there’s no way to protect him. The best thing you could do for that kid would be to put a bullet in his brain.”
Farahani’s character tells Rake she will send in a chopper to get him out of the locked-down city on the condition he leave the kid behind. But losing his own son makes Rake determined to save Ovi’s life, odds be damned. Between all the nonstop action, the two even find time to bond a little. “You rescue people?” the innocent Ovi asks. “Sometimes,” Rake responds, before adding, “Sometimes I do other things.”
Extraction debuts on Netflix on April 24, 2020.
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