News

Extraction First Reviews: Chris Hemsworth Anchors a Brutal, Action-Packed Thriller

Critics say the Russo brothers-produced rescue mission is relentlessly violent, but it benefits from Hemsworth's talents and a mindblowing single-take action set-piece.

by | April 22, 2020 | Comments

At a time when movie theaters are shuttered, Netflix delivers blockbuster action with Extraction, the feature directorial debut of Avengers: Endgame stunt supervisor Sam Hargrave. The movie is scripted by Endgame co-director Joe Russo and produced by him and his filmmaking partner brother Anthony while Marvel’s Thor, Chris Hemsworth, leads the nearly non-stop fight sequences as a mercenary rescuing a drug lord’s son. Early reviews are mixed, but almost every one highlights a single, lengthy one-take set piece that’s worth the price of subscription.

Here’s what critics are saying about Extraction:


Will action movie fans enjoy it?

If you’re a fan of action films like John Wick, Atomic Blonde, or The Raid then you’ll be more than pleased with Extraction.
– Matt Rodriguez, Shakefire

The constant, spectacular violence [doesn’t] quite rival John Wick’s mirror games or murder-by-library book for creativity but nearly make up for it in casual brutality.
– Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly

Extraction exhibits an ingenious, sometimes amusingly irreverent approach to action… and it features the most enjoyable scene of a grown man beating up children since Bad Santa.
– Emma Simmonds, The List

This has all the momentum and kinetic violence of a Bourne movie.
– Edward Douglas, The Weekend Warrior

What actually sets the film apart from other mainstream action movies is the sadistic gnarliness of the violence, which appears heavily inspired by Indonesian action flicks.
– Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, AV Club

[The action scenes] will be hard to top this year, even if blockbusters were coming out as normal.
– Ian Sandwell, Digital Spy


How is that one action sequence everyone’s talking about?

It’s a breathtaking and relentless showcase of craft and skill, made all the more impressive by it being done largely in camera with minimal CGI.
Ian Sandwell, Digital Spy

It’s an impressive logistical achievement of blocking, framing, camera movement, choreography, and, yes editing.
Matt Singer, ScreenCrush

Would surely have sent a packed house into rapturous applause had the film been released in theaters… Viewers at home might unleash a silent cheer.
Rohan Naahar, Hindustan Times

It’s an impressive feat, but — like much of this steroidal misfire — the shot is too enthralled by its own capacity for violence to have any real fun with it.
David Ehrlich, IndieWire

While the choreography does a good job of making Hemsworth look like a badass killer, it’s painfully repetitive — a lot of AK fire, defenestration, and knifing.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, AV Club

We’ve now reached the point where we need to march these long takes behind the back of the barn and put one in the brain.
David Jenkins, Little White Lies


On the set of Extraction
(Photo by Jasin Boland/Netflix)

How does the movie look?

Hargrave blocks and shoots the altercations in such a way that audiences can quickly read what’s happening. Rake fights dirty, but the coverage is clean, emphasizing what an efficient improviser he is in the moment.
Peter Debruge, Variety

It’s a good thing the film’s geography is so dynamic, because most scenes in Extraction are only differentiated by how people die.
David Ehrlich, IndieWire

Bathed in a sickly yellow filter from beginning to end, Extraction is often as ugly as its subject matter.
Chris Evangelista, Slashfilm

Dhaka is made to look suitably anonymous, and the only visual signpost that we’re in Bangladesh is that everything is shot through urine-tinged filters.
David Jenkins, Little White Lies


How is Sam Hargrave’s directing?

Hargrave has a gift for directing… Frankly, nothing about Extraction looks like a first-time feature.
Douglas Davidson, Elements of Madness

Hargrave knows to preserve the bodily integrity of his actors and stunt performers, rather than cutting every movement into bits.
Pat Brown, Slant Magazine

As a director, Hargrave shows more proficiency than personality in the action set pieces, though they are still preferable to the dialogue scenes.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, AV Club

He knows how to craft a strong action scene. The problem is finding a synergy between the action and the story that comes in between, which is where Extraction continually comes up short.
Matthew Passantino, Big Picture Big Sound


Chris Hemsworth and Rudhraksh Jaiswal in Extraction
(Photo by Jasin Boland/Netflix)

How about the script?

In addition to being a spectacular action film, Extraction also happens to be a well-written drama as well.
Rohan Naahar, Hindustan Times

The plot feels like reheated leftovers from a hundred other movies about sullen warriors seeking redemption.
Matt Singer, ScreenCrush

Extraction does get a little bogged down by its story… Regardless, the story is ancillary to the action, which Extraction more than delivers on.
Matt Rodriguez, Shakefire

The premise is pretty thin… Still, Extraction is about 90% action, so if the drama doesn’t work, you’re still left with a lot that does.
Chris Bumbray, JoBlo’s Movie Emporium


Is it a big departure for the Russos?

It’s fitting that so many Marvel people are involved because Rake is a nearly unstoppable one man army and while there are no superpowers, he practically is superhuman.
Matt Rodriguez, Shakefire

This may be the closest you’ll get to super-heroics for a while and it’s a pretty solid substitute.
Emma Simmonds, The List

The hyperbolically skilled soldier who brutalizes dozens of ragtag gangsters in a rundown apartment building essentially performs the same feats as the superhero dispatching hundreds of CG creatures in a crumbling city—and is borne no less of childish fantasies about the order of the world.
Pat Brown, Slant Magazine

Joe Russo’s screenplay is lean, but the manner in which the plot is structured — streamlined yet brimming with backstory — feels both classic and very comic booky.
Rohan Naahar, Hindustan Times


Chris Hemsworth in Extraction
(Photo by Jasin Boland/Netflix)

How is Chris Hemsworth?

Hemsworth proves he can grimace while double-tapping assault rifles with the best of them.
Pat Brown, Slant Magazine

Honestly, of the performances we’ve seen from Hemsworth, this might be his best.
Douglas Davidson, Elements of Madness

Hemsworth has clearly found his stride as an action hero when not playing Thor… I definitely like Hemsworth more as an actor than others who may have played this sort of role, such as Bruce Willis or Jason Statham, etc.
Edward Douglas, The Weekend Warrior

While Extraction certainly takes advantage of Hemsworth’s godlike physique, it wastes the boyish charm that made his presence in Thor: Ragnarok and Ghostbusters so likable.
Clarisse Loughrey, Independent

It’s just fun to see Hemsworth dropping F-bombs and taking part in brutal action that would never been seen in the MCU.
Ian Sandwell, Digital Spy


Are there any other standouts in the cast?

The supporting cast is unusually strong… I was really impressed with Bollywood star Randeep Hooda.
Chris Bumbray, JoBlo’s Movie Emporium

Rudhraksh Jaiswal impresses as Ovi in his first major role and Randeep Hooda gives all he’s got as Saju, a character who’s put through the wringer more than any other.
Patrick Cremona, Radio Times

Golshifteh Farahani brings the briefest moments of female energy as Tyler’s levelheaded handler.
Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly

David Harbour shows up as one of Tyler’s old buddies and makes the most of an extremely limited role. We’ve seen Harbour play this type of character before, but he’s still fun to watch.
Chris Evangelista, Slashfilm


Chris Hemsworth in Extraction
(Photo by Jasin Boland/Netflix)

What are the film’s major issues?

It’s a vision of foreign brutality treated as wholly interchangeable, without the weight of political or social consciousness.
Clarisse Loughrey, Independent

It would be wrong to call this film nihilistic, but it’s also so unconcerned with collateral damage that it begins to border on irresponsible.
Chris Evangelista, Slashfilm


Is it a worthy substitute for going to the movies right now?

Without question, Extraction is the theatrical experience audiences have longed for since cinemas shut down, and it’s available right in their homes.
Douglas Davidson, Elements of Madness

Every bit as entertaining as the equivalent pyrotechnic offering from a theatrical motion picture studio might have been.
Peter Debruge, Variety

It’s that rare Netflix movie where you really wish you could have seen it on the big screen as it’s blockbuster-level action.
Ian Sandwell, Digital Spy

I would have loved to see this on the big screen… It’s just so much more fun seeing movies like this one with an audience.
Edward Douglas, The Weekend Warrior

Would I recommend someone pay $15 to see Extraction in a movie theater? Probably not… Netflix offers you the ability to really savor that one great action sequence.
Matt Singer, ScreenCrush


Extraction premieres on Netflix on Friday, April 24.

#1

Extraction (2020)
67%

#1
Adjusted Score: 77.004%
Critics Consensus: Spectacular stunt work and an electric performance from Chris Hemsworth can't save Extraction from being dragged down by its aimless violence.
Synopsis: Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth) is a fearless black market mercenary with nothing left to lose when his skills are solicited... [More]
Directed By: Sam Hargrave

Tag Cloud

obituary child's play E3 Britbox Sundance USA Polls and Games medical drama TCA directors FX TV renewals Disney+ Disney Plus Podcast superhero Sundance TV Mudbound ABC Family 2018 Comedy Central toronto Discovery Channel First Reviews Fall TV Universal BBC Vudu cats halloween Disney Channel cops breaking bad hollywood RT21 dramedy GLAAD versus Western crime thriller A&E series Lucasfilm Mary Poppins Returns Mindy Kaling Mary poppins AMC 72 Emmy Awards aliens American Society of Cinematographers teaser movie Baby Yoda anime venice Hallmark Christmas movies Stephen King Film Festival PBS documentary mutant Starz Food Network Star Trek harry potter Animation Crackle TIFF batman Quiz HBO Max game of thrones YouTube Red Super Bowl Sundance Now Ghostbusters Nominations social media Certified Fresh Box Office Marvel IFC period drama Endgame Writers Guild of America Epix romance Fox Searchlight nbcuniversal Winners Acorn TV Extras OWN Mystery Rom-Com Logo Nickelodeon true crime TNT Warner Bros. Creative Arts Emmys 2017 Avengers screen actors guild 007 supernatural National Geographic what to watch First Look Oscars Anna Paquin Amazon Prime Video Peacock renewed TV shows Comics on TV Horror tv talk criterion The Witch TCA 2017 LGBT Spike scorecard Bravo comiccon mission: impossible Set visit dogs Shondaland Grammys Kids & Family documentaries remakes blaxploitation zombie comic books Comic Book fast and furious laika book composers classics romantic comedy BET Awards all-time casting Television Critics Association video die hard Interview BBC One Pixar Election comic Classic Film deadpool science fiction Reality justice league OneApp Tubi The Academy 45 Rock streaming asian-american Thanksgiving BET 2015 canceled TV shows biography discovery game show Emmy Nominations name the review Travel Channel Adult Swim Schedule Sci-Fi ratings Cosplay transformers Television Academy Disney Plus VOD DC Universe A24 hispanic singing competition CBS Chernobyl TLC best latino Red Carpet a nightmare on elm street CBS All Access cancelled television CW Seed Countdown Black History Month Cannes Heroines Fox News scary movies Walt Disney Pictures Awards Tour screenings indie YouTube Tumblr Apple TV+ elevated horror Black Mirror sitcom Superheroe natural history Winter TV toy story spanish PlayStation GIFs Video Games Pirates cars Lifetime worst adventure Sneak Peek werewolf Funimation 71st Emmy Awards Women's History Month Spring TV crime drama worst movies concert WarnerMedia Marvel Television GoT 4/20 sequels Martial Arts sag awards Ovation MTV emmy awards political drama VICE SXSW SundanceTV Esquire FOX ESPN unscripted french Reality Competition TV IFC Films Action psychological thriller space Cartoon Network Sony Pictures History El Rey revenge Opinion Trophy Talk Apple talk show VH1 films binge Rocketman Music witnail Showtime strong female leads green book robots free movies The Walking Dead video on demand Columbia Pictures Musical Trivia DGA anthology boxoffice 2019 BBC America Lionsgate joker DC Comics Paramount ITV Arrowverse italian Elton John spanish language Biopics Amazon mockumentary ABC thriller Holidays animated YouTube Premium cancelled TV shows disaster Pride Month dark Marvel Studios Paramount Network Binge Guide Musicals Disney streaming service sports Crunchyroll television Superheroes Star Wars Christmas black dragons HBO Go TruTV reviews Comedy spider-man Year in Review adaptation Amazon Studios DirecTV satire 20th Century Fox war Marathons APB richard e. Grant spain halloween tv Academy Awards FXX MCU nature chucky jamie lee curtis based on movie CMT Tarantino Teen PaleyFest christmas movies Ellie Kemper The Purge miniseries Trailer Rocky festivals Lifetime Christmas movies rotten cults Pet Sematary Hear Us Out Toys movies award winner ghosts parents Hallmark Film The CW james bond serial killer south america FX on Hulu independent Infographic children's TV twilight Dark Horse Comics facebook spy thriller Freeform Spectrum Originals Masterpiece X-Men historical drama Valentine's Day Family See It Skip It 21st Century Fox Calendar Hulu TCA Winter 2020 New York Comic Con SDCC reboot slashers foreign stop motion DC streaming service crossover Brie Larson dc Netflix Shudder comedies Song of Ice and Fire E! TV Land TCM Mary Tyler Moore Country hist quibi 2016 critics cooking spinoff finale NYCC WGN Photos archives politics Amazon Prime Chilling Adventures of Sabrina rt archives Awards USA Network dceu docudrama golden globes crime RT History Disney Apple TV Plus HBO LGBTQ Premiere Dates travel cancelled TV series Character Guide japanese NBC football vampires diversity President blockbuster Syfy Fantasy indiana jones cancelled MSNBC rotten movies we love Emmys stand-up comedy CNN canceled YA nfl Holiday zombies 24 frames cartoon theme song zero dark thirty kids police drama stoner Captain marvel doctor who franchise news Best and Worst Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Turner technology ID TCA Awards San Diego Comic-Con comics Drama universal monsters Turner Classic Movies Pop Nat Geo australia The Arrangement psycho 2020 Tomatazos cinemax Netflix Christmas movies Watching Series sequel TBS Summer festival BAFTA Pop TV