A movie with Chris Hemsworth and Randeep Hooda delivering some bad-ass action has to be great right? Wrong. It was a recipe for success, no doubt, but a weak storyline and overly excessive action scenes it became a recipe for disaster.
Extraction is about Ovi Mahajan’s (Pankaj Tripathi) son who gets kidnapped by a rival drug lord in Dhaka. Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth), a black-market mercenary and Saju (Randeep Hooda), Mahajan’s trusted employee cum ex-soldier are sent to rescue him, leading to a violent, gun filled and bloody race against time.
Mirchi Play Rating- 2/5
Why it deserved the 2/5-
1. great Casting
The biggest appeal of the film and the reason we made it to the end was Randeep Hooda, Chris Hemsworth and Priyanshu Painyuli. Hemsworth as the mercenary, Tyler was a brilliant fit and seeing him alongside our very own Indian hunk Hooda was every female’s dream. Hooda embraced the brave, overly masculine and intense role of Saju well. A special mention must be made of Priyanshu Painyuli, who played Asif, the villain. He was nothing short of a typical Gangs of Wasseypur gunda and his devilish behaviour definitely enticed us as watchers. The rest of the cast including Rudhraksh Jaiswal, Golshifteh Farahani and many more were convincing on screen, but in a film with Hemsworth and Hooda, they didn’t quite deliver well enough to steal the spotlight. Also, Pankaj Tripathi was on screen for exactly 3 minutes, but those 3 minutes had so much talent and intensity brewing in it that it was perfect. Any more and we may have overlooked Hooda and Hemsworth completely.
2. Action, Action and More Action
Extraction lived up to its name of Extra-Action. The movie was jam-packed with intense, long and well-executed action sequences that are most certainly not meant for the faint-hearted. Machine guns, revolvers, bazookas, violent car chases, exploding helicopters, man to man combat, blood everywhere, broken and bleeding bodies make up most of the movie. Extraction is an action junkie’s paradise. Moreover, the scenes are very well produced and some are even shot in one take, making them extremely immersive for the viewer. In fact, it was as if a video game was being played out. Hemsworth was shooting anyone and everyone, driving dusty abandoned cars and navigating his way through old buildings, just like a PUBG or Fortnite player. If Rambo and John Mclane had a child, this movie would be it.
Why it lost the 3/5
1. Bad Storyline
Sadly Hooda, Hemsworth and all their action could not make up for the bad, predictable and somewhat boring storyline. There was no arc, but rather a flat, straight line. Villain kidnaps boy, mercenary and soldier save boy… that was it. The makers tried to insert a few emotional plugs but only via familial backgrounds, whether it was Hemsworth missing his son or Hooda telling him that he loved him. The plugs were weak and felt forced. I wish there were more ingredients in this bland dish. The movie was just a chase, that didn’t need to be monotonously drawn out for 2 hours.
2. no humour
While Extraction is an action-packed movie and delivered some great action sequences, there was not one, even slightly, humorous dialogue. Long-drawn action movies like this can get exhausting, and a funny line in the middle does help take the edge off and give the viewer a slight break from the intensity. Sadly Extraction was serious throughout, making the movie even more tedious to endure.
3. An overdose of action and violence
90% of the movie is full of gun-shots, bones breaking, people being thrown off balconies, limbs being cut, bloody faces, bloody bodies, bloody roads, bazookas, cars being blown up, cars being totalled and somewhere even a helicopter explodes. The action scenes became overwhelming beyond a point, and as a viewer, I got sick of them…which should definitely not happen while watching an action movie. It was as if the director Sam Hargrave tried to overcompensate for the bland storyline with excessive violence and action sequences. In fact, some were so bizarre, they bordered on unbelievable, even for a movie. There’s a point in the film where both Hemsworth and Hooda get body-slammed by vehicles, consecutively, in a span of three minutes. What.
Overall, Extraction is bearable, but not recommended. Watch it for the action, but be prepared to be overwhelmed by it.
PS- Spoiler (for the movie and frankly, us)- Not once throughout the movie do Hooda or Hemsworth take their shirt off, which is a total underutilisation of their talent. Sorry had to put it out there.
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