Extraction: Hargrave’s Routine Actioner, Starring Chris Hemsworth as Mercenary

'Extraction': Film Review

Netlix Actioner, April 25, 2020.

More than a decade ago, Sam Hargrave made his debut in the world of superheroes with X-Men Origins: Wolverine as the double for Sabretooth.  Soon he began working other big films in the genre, from Captain America: The Winter Soldier to Avengers: Endgame.

Now the veteran stunt coordinator is making his directorial feature debut with Extraction.

Over the four past decades, we have seen Chuck Norris, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Sly Stallone doing their action shticks in one routine adventure (or war movie) after another.

If you believe the adage that every generation gets the action hero it deserves, then Aussie Chris Hemsworth, who’s 37, is that kind of cool, strong, muscled up protagonist for the millennials.

 

 

Joe Russo, better known as part of the team of in their Marvel pictures, has crafted a barely workable tale, full of clichés, beginning with its hero’s name.

Tyler Rake (Hemsworth) is a black-market mercenary with nothing left to lose–or fear.  Strong and silent, he indulges in booze.

Things get into motion when he is hired to rescue Ovi (Rudraksh Jaiswal), the son of an imprisoned international crime lord who is kidnapped.

Rake is forced to navigate in the murky underworld of weapons dealers and drug traffickers.

The script is penned by Endgame co-director Joe Russo, who produced along with brother Anthony. The Russos pitched Hargrave and Thor actor Hemsworth on the project while working on Avengers: Infinity War. But Hargrave notes that the original idea was to cast someone physically small, not a man built like a Norse god.

“We wanted to turn action movies on their head a little bit,” Hargrave explains. “The physicality of someone you didn’t see coming. But as soon as Hemsworth showed interest, we looked at each other and said, ‘It’s kind of perfect.’ ”