The Sunday Mail
“HOLD my beer!”
These are the opening words of Chris Hemsworth in the latest Netflix movie “Extraction”.
It is an action-packed thrill ride brought to the big screen courtesy of Thor and Marvel Cinematic Universe alumni Russo brothers, Anthony and Joe.
Hemsworth stars as Tyler Rake, a soldier-turned-mercenary thrust in the midst of a war between two drug lords from India and Bangladesh.
Rake is brought in when Ovi Mahajan Jr (Rudhraksh Jaiswal) — the son of India’s biggest drug lord Ovi Mahajan Sr (Pankaj Tripathi) — is kidnapped by another drug kingpin from Bangladesh, Amir Asif (Priyanshu Paonyuli).
This takes him from the confines of his ranch in Australia to Dhaka, Bangladesh, where he has to not only extract the boy, but also make it out of the Asian country, which is practically run by said kidnappers, alive.
But here is the kicker: his would-be employers cannot afford his services, and instead send their own men Saju (Randeep Hooda) to retrieve the boy once Rake has done most of the heavy lifting and rescued the boy.
Ordinarily, the above statement would qualify as a major spoiler and deservedly so, but the beauty of this movie does not lie in the complexity of its plot and plot twists.
No, it is an unadulterated action flick, full of crazy close-quarter combat, explosions, car chases and gunfights.
The “hold my beer” scene paints Rake as a man with a death wish, as it sees the protagonist jump off a deep gorge and start having flashbacks of his dead son and wife.
This becomes a recurring theme of the movie as the protagonist takes hordes of bullets, survives being run over by a car and, in one scene fights, fends off a room of gun-wielding goons with nothing but his fist and an assortment of household items.
In so far as performances go, Hemsworth ticks every box, from the tough guy bravado, stunt work and even the emotion beats of the movie.
Hooda — the former special ops-cum-drug kingpin’s henchman — also plays the role to perfection, with the likes of Jaiswal (Ovi) and Paonyuli (Asif) coming off as strong co-stars.
Joe and Anthony Russo once again deliver a solid outing, as co-writers, with Sam Hargrave bringing in his stunt work background to direct this wildly entertaining action flick.