Extraction (2020 film)

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Official release poster
Directed bySam Hargrave
Produced by
Screenplay byJoe Russo
Story by
  • Ande Parks
  • Joe Russo
  • Anthony Russo
Based onCiudad
by Ande Parks
Joe Russo
Fernando León González
Music by
CinematographyNewton Thomas Sigel
Edited by
  • Peter B. Ellis
  • Ruthie Aslan
  • AGBO
  • Thematic Entertainment
  • India Take One Productions
  • T.G.I.M. Films
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • April 24, 2020 (2020-04-24) (United States)
Running time
117 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$65 million[1]

Extraction is a 2020 American action thriller film directed by Sam Hargrave and screenplay by Joe Russo, based on the comic Ciudad by Ande Parks, Joe Russo, Anthony Russo, Fernando Leon Gonzalez, and Eric Skillman. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Rudhraksh Jaiswal, Randeep Hooda, Priyanshu Painyuli, Golshifteh Farahani, Pankaj Tripathi, Suraj Rikame, and David Harbour. The plot follows a black ops mercenary who must rescue a Indian drug lord's kidnapped son in Bangladesh.

The film was released on April 24, 2020, by Netflix. It received mixed reviews from critics, who praised Hemsworth's performance and the stunt work, but lamented the story and excessive violence.


Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth), a black-market mercenary, is recruited by fellow mercenary Nik Khan (Golshifteh Farahani) to rescue Ovi Mahajan, Junior (Rudhraksh Jaiswal), the son of India's biggest drug lord Ovi Mahajan, Senior (Pankaj Tripathi), from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Whilst Rake is in the process of extracting Ovi from his kidnappers, Saju (Randeep Hooda), a former Special Forces soldier and Ovi's father's chief henchman, acts of his own accord in an attempt to bring the boy back, doing so in fear of his family being killed and in order to avoid paying the substantial ransom money, which neither he nor Ovi's currently incarcerated father can afford. Elsewhere, Bangladesh's biggest drug lord Amir Asif (Priyanshu Painyuli) calls for an immediate lockdown of the city.

After escaping Saju and the corrupt police and military — both of which are controlled by Asif — Rake and Ovi encounter Farhad, a boy who wants to prove himself to Amir by killing Rake, and his gang. Rake fights off, but does not kill the boys. They are later picked up by an old friend and retired squadmate of Rake's living in Dhaka, Gaspar (David Harbour). Taking the pair to his home, he and Rake catch up before Gaspar leaves and Rake takes food upstairs to Ovi. The two talk about Rake's six-year-old son who died of lymphoma. When Gaspar returns home, he tries to convince Rake to give up Ovi and reveals to him that Asif is actually a friend who he cannot betray. He and Rake fight, and Ovi finds the two mid-fight. Gaspar starts to explain and approaches Ovi, but Ovi ends up shooting Gaspar twice and kills him.

Rake phones Saju and asks for his help, forcing them to team up against the police and military in order to escape the city. Rake draws attention away from Saju and Ovi as the two make their way through a bridge checkpoint. Rake makes his way back towards the bridge along with Khan's extraction team of mercenaries as Asif watches from afar. During the ensuing firefight, Saju is killed by Asif's colonel who is then in turn killed by Khan. Rake continues to cover the extraction and is severely wounded in the shootout. He instructs Ovi to run towards an awaiting helicopter and continues firing with the intent to follow. Ovi watches alongside Khan as Rake makes his way towards the helicopter, only to be shot in the side of the neck by Farhad. Rake drags himself to the side of the bridge and falls over the barrier into the river. Ovi, Khan and the extraction team escape to Mumbai, India.

Eight months later, Asif is killed by Khan in the washroom of a restaurant. Ovi jumps into his school's swimming pool and as he surfaces sees a foreigner watching over him, possibly Tyler.



On August 31, 2018, it was announced that Sam Hargrave would direct Dhaka from a screenplay by Joe Russo.[2] In addition, Chris Hemsworth was set to star in the film.[2] In November 2018, the rest of the cast was set.[3][4]

Production began in Ahmedabad and Mumbai in November 2018.[4] Filming next took place in Ban Pong, Ratchaburi, Thailand and plateshots in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The cast stayed in Nakhon Pathom.[4] Principal production ended in March 2019.[5][6] The film's title was changed to Out of the Fire, before the film's final title was revealed to be Extraction on February 19, 2020.


On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 63% and an average rating of 5.9/10, based on 100 reviews. The website's critics consensus reads: "Spectacular stunt work and an electric performance from Chris Hemsworth can't save Extraction from being dragged down by its aimless violence."[7] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 56 out of 100, based on 29 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[8]

Rohan Naahar of the Hindustan Times praised the performances of Hemsworth and Hooda, and wrote: "Featuring one of the most stunning action scenes in recent memory... [the film] is breakneck and bonkers."[9] Entertainment Weekly's Leah Greenblatt gave the film a "B" and wrote that it "mostly delivers what its swaggering trailer promises: international scenery; insidious villains; a taciturn, tree-trunk Aussie."[10]

Writing for Rolling Stone, Peter Travers gave the film 2 out of 5 stars and said: "Aiming for the fight poetry of the John Wick franchise, Extraction comes closer to a series of stunts strung together to look like an ultraviolent video game (think Manhunt 2) in which the avatars are played by actual humans."[11]

Extraction has been criticized for having "white savior" elements.[12][13][14][15] A Film Companion review comments on the narrative and characterization: "Does a white savior movie become more palatable if the white savior is Chris Hemsworth? That is the critical question that Extraction presents. ... Hargrave and Russo don’t seem very interested in the personal histories of these people. The characters are paper-thin. The lovely Golshifteh Farahani, playing an arms dealer, pops up in the unlikeliest places. She wears eyeliner even in a gunfight, but has little to do."


  1. ^ Kit, Borys (April 24, 2020). "Year After Record 'Avengers: Endgame' B.O. Launch, AGBO's Joe & Anthony Russo Open 'Extraction' On Netflix". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Fleming, Mike, Jr. (August 30, 2018). "Busy AGBO Sets India Kidnap Drama 'Dhaka' At Netflix: Chris Hemsworth Stars & Sam Hargrave Helms Joe Russo Script". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 9, 2020.
  3. ^ Kit, Borys (November 16, 2018). "David Harbour Joins Chris Hemsworth in Russo Brothers Action Movie 'Dhaka' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 9, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c Wiseman, Andreas (November 29, 2018). "Russo Brothers Wrap Indian Leg of Netflix Pic 'Dhaka' With Chris Hemsworth, David Harbour, Golshifteh Farahani". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 9, 2020.
  5. ^ Kit, Borys (August 30, 2018). "Chris Hemsworth to Star in Action Thriller 'Dhaka' for the Russo Bros". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 9, 2020.
  6. ^ "Chris Hemsworth begins shooting for Netflix film 'Dhaka' in India". New Indian Express. November 5, 2018. Retrieved April 9, 2020.
  7. ^ "Extraction (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  8. ^ "Extraction Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  9. ^ Naahar, Rohan (April 22, 2020). "Extraction movie review: Breakneck and bonkers, Chris Hemsworth, Randeep Hooda's Netflix film is shot of adrenaline we need right now". Hindustan Times. Retrieved April 22, 2020.
  10. ^ Leah Greenblatt (April 22, 2020). "Chris Hemsworth brings in the pain in blunt Netflix thriller Extraction: Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 22, 2020.
  11. ^ Peter Travers (April 22, 2020). "'Extraction': Another Bullet Ballet That Needs Serious Target Practice". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 22, 2020.
  12. ^ https://variety.com/2020/film/reviews/extraction-review-chris-hemsworth-netflix-1234586996/
  13. ^ https://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2020/04/21/extraction-review-chris-hemsworth-netflix-russo-brothers-problematic-action-thriller/
  14. ^ https://screenrant.com/extraction-2020-movie-netflix-review/
  15. ^ https://www.rt.com/op-ed/486708-extraction-netflix-hemsworth-white-savior/

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