Newest Reviews
For the Sake of Vicious
Hell Bent
Straight Shooting
Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon
Man They Could Not Hang, The
Final Days
Frightened City, The
Sequin in a Blue Room
Common Crime, A
Into the Labyrinth
Power, The
Wake of Death
Night Orchid
Iron Mask, The
Personal History of David Copperfield, The
Dove, The
Defending Your Life
Champagne Murders, The
He Dreams of Giants
Lost in America
Take Back
Banishing, The
Drifters, The
Gushing Prayer
Escape from Coral Cove
Swan Princess, The
Butterfly Murders, The
Lady is a Square, The
Newest Articles
Meiko Kaji's Girl Gangs: Stray Cat Rock on Arrow
Having a Wild Weekend: Catch Us If You Can on Blu-ray
The Drifters: Star Lucie Bourdeu Interview
Meiko Kaji Behind Bars: Female Prisoner Scorpion on Arrow
The Horror of the Soviets: Viy on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Tarka the Otter and The Belstone Fox
Network Double Bills: All Night Long and Ballad in Blue
Chew Him Up and Spit Him Out: Romeo is Bleeding on Blu-ray
British Body Snatchers: They Came from Beyond Space on Blu-ray
Bzzzt: Pulse on Blu-ray
The Tombs Will Be Their Cities: Demons and Demons 2 on Arrow
Somebody Killed Her Husband: Charade on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Maroc 7 and Invasion
Network Double Bills: The Best of Benny Hill and The Likely Lads
Network Double Bills: Some Girls Do and Deadlier Than the Male
Absolutely Bananas: Link on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Hawk the Slayer and The Medusa Touch
The Price of Plague: The Masque of the Red Death on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Seance on a Wet Afternoon and Ring of Spies
Chaney Chillers: Inner Sanctum Mysteries - The Complete Film Series on Blu-ray
Adelphi Extras: Stars in Your Eyes on Blu-ray
Toons for the Heads: Fantastic Planet and Adult Animation
Nature Girl: The New World on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Perfect Friday and Robbery
Network Double Bills: The House in Nightmare Park and The Man Who Haunted Himself
  Extraction Bored To Death
Year: 2020
Director: Sam Hargrave
Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Golshifteh Farahani, Rudhraksh Jaiswal, Randeep Hooda, David Harbour, Shivam Vichare, Piyush Khati, Pankaj Tripathi, Chris Jai Alex, Adam Bessa, Wayne Blair, Rayna Campbell, Vonzell Carter, Shataf Figar, Patrick Newall, Sam Hargrave
Genre: Action, ThrillerBuy from Amazon
Rating:  3 (from 1 vote)
Review: It was just another day for Ovi Mahajan (Rudhraksh Jaiswal), the teenage son of this Indian gangster, who lives a privileged life thanks to his father's ill-gotten gains but is not necessarily enjoying all the freedoms he would prefer. Yet that evening, after being contacted by his schoolfriends, he did go out to a club where he and another pal were confronted by a man posing as a cop; he was not, though, and before Ovi knew what was happening his friend was shot dead and he was kidnapped. The gangster does not take this well, and calls in his fixer to rescue the boy on pain of death, so there is only one man to call on: Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth), mercenary extraordinaire and man of action.

With the coronavirus causing quarantines across the world, many looked to Netflix to provide some respite from home-based isolation, but while some enjoyed Extraction's very basic idea of what an action flick should be, there were just as many wondering if this was really the best they could bring to a captive audience? Especially in Bangladesh, particularly its city Dhaka, which was purported to be portrayed extensively in the film yet was not Dhaka as any of the Bangladeshis recognised it. This was down to the location shooting having been carried out in India's Bengal, so aside from a brief bit of drone stock footage to show a little of the place from a great height, they were nowhere near it.

Thus anyone in Bangladesh firing up their Netflix app was immediately outraged and took to the internet to voice their displeasure (now the traditional form of worldwide protest in the twenty-first century): the filmmakers had made Dhaka look like a crime-ridden dump, with an incompetent and corrupt security force as well. Now, Extraction was an American movie, and Hollywood has not been known for its pinpoint accuracy in its depiction of places around the world, historically or current, so you had to expect this would come with the territory, but even the "it's only a movie" brigade would have to admit sometimes they got it very wrong. Mind you, its issues were not merely geographical.

The production's fans would point to its action sequences as the real highlight, as well they might with the Russo Brothers involved, but they were couched in acres of tedious, mumbled dialogue that progressed the plot not one jot. From the prologue we know Tyler is probably dying, making this his life flashing before his eyes, if you were being artistically generous, yet that also had the tone of the piece as so funereal that there was a general feeling of utter apathy. So much so that unless you were a huge fan of this Hemsworth, there was nothing to keep you interested, as even the much touted action was filmed through a piss yellow filter of murk to denote thick, Third World grime, a cheerless experience doing nobody any favours whatsoever.

Not offering Hemsworth any funny lines may have been a deliberate decision as we were meant to take this very seriously, apparently, but it was fatal to any enjoyment: there's a reason James Bond started the art of the post-mortem quip, you really have to have a contrast somehow or else your movie is going to be a real grind. Therefore while this served the more humourless action fan who refuses to see the absurdity in what they enjoy as part and parcel of why it is so enjoyable, for everyone else our hero looked like he was about to turn his weapon on himself at any moment, so dejected was he. Bangladeshis assuredly had a motive not to appreciate it, not least the message that their security forces are entirely expendable as they dropped like ninepins in the barrage of bullets aimed their way (typically, they cannot land a shot on Tyler), but there was not much reason for anyone else to like Extraction either, it was just painfully dull. Music by Alex Belcher and Henry Jackman.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark


This review has been viewed 732 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

Review Comments (0)

Untitled 1

Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
Enoch Sneed
  Paul Tuersley
  Chris Garbutt
  Sdfadf Rtfgsdf
Stately Wayne Manor


Last Updated: