Friday, June 16, 2023

Extraction 2 (2023)

Streaming Service: Netflix
Movie Name/Year: Extraction 2 (2023)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Length: 2h 2min
Rating: R
Production/Distribution: AGBO, Filmhaus Films, Netflix, Stillking Films, T.G.I.M. Films, Wild State
Director: Sam Hargrave
Writer: Joe Russo, Ande Parks
Actors: Chris Hemsworth, Golshifteh Farahani, Adam Bessa, Tornike Gogrichiani, Demetre Kavelashvili, Tornike Bziava, Giga Shavadze, Tinatin Dalakishvili, Andro Japaridze, Mariami Kovziashvili, Marta Kovziashvili
Blurb from IMDb: After barely surviving his grievous wounds from his mission in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tyler Rake is back, and his team is ready to take on their next mission.

Selina’s Point of View:
Sam Hargrave (The Calm, The Shoot, Game Changer) is just getting better.
In the first Extraction (2020) Hargrave showed what a stunt person could do when given a set of their own. There were amazing shots and extremely fast-paced, well-choreographed action. If I had to nit-pick, I could pick out a few shots/scenes that were a little rough or out of place.
I can’t even do that minor amount of nit-picking with Extraction 2.
Hargrave took the small errors from Extraction and fixed it for the sequel. That kind of awareness of his craft leads me to believe that he’s just going to keep climbing as a director. Eventually, he’ll be on every list of best action directors. I’d bet on it.

There were fewer individual shots that gave me the same excitement I got from the ones I’ve discussed from the first flick. The only reason for that is because I was sucked in by most of the action this time. Every heart-pumping moment excited me. There wasn’t anything I’d have called revolutionary (like the roof-jump scene in the first one), but the choreography considered tropes and expected movements from other actions and flipped them around. It made everything feel fresh.
Chris Hemsworth (Spiderhead, Avengers: Endgame, Bad Times at the El Royale) killed it again. His Tyler Rake character is a lot more in depth than you’d think if you only saw the trailers. We also got a lot more from Golshifteh Farahani (About Elly, Paterson, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) and Adam Bessa (Harka, Mosul, The Blessed), which I enjoyed. It gave Rake less of a lone wolf feel and offered a broadening of his character.
There was an Extraction 3 tease at the end of the film, and I’m not mad at it. I want more of this franchise, and more of Sam Hargrave in general.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 77%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 91%
Metascore – 57%
Metacritic User Score – 8.1
IMDB Score –7.4/10
Trust the Dice: Selina’s Rating 5/5
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