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Extraction 2 Review

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By- USA NATIONAL POST

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1. "Extraction," which made its Netflix debut in April 2020, arrived at a fortunate time, displaying "Thor's" Chris Hemsworth in a powerful, theatrical-style action vehicle at a time when Covid brought theaters to a screeching halt. Even by the norms of the genre, the follow-up, "Extraction 2," continues to pound away at the same core premise.

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2. In fact, this appearance for Hemsworth's haunted mercenary Tyler Rake appears to be geared mostly toward those who find the "Taken" films to be too intellectually demanding, even down to the clichéd Eastern European bad guys who, due to their body armor, typically require a headshot to stop them.

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3. The first movie's 12-minute nonstop combat scene, which was created by stuntman and second-unit director Sam Hargrave, who had doubled Chris Evans in the Avengers movies, was largely what set it apart.

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4.After getting back in the saddle, Hargrave ups the ante with a frantic 21-minute combat that appears to be a "oner" (there are cuts, expertly concealed), and involves trains, helicopters, and cars. For those who are interested in such things, the impact is undoubtedly amazing (enter Film Twitter), albeit you might feel a little buzzed after the movie is over.

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5. What is the conflict about? Rake then embarks on a rescue attempt to free his ex-sister-in-law Tinatin Dalakishvili, her two children, and her mafia husband from the Georgian prison where they are being kept. The operation pairs Rake with the equally lethal Nik (Golshifteh Farahani) once more, while also inciting the ruthless brother of the husband (Tornike Gogrichiani), who has access to a variety of heavy weapons and doesn't mind getting physical with anyone who stands in his way.

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 6.That’s pretty much it, based on the script by Joe Russo, one of the prolific directing brothers behind “Avengers: Endgame” who also produced the project. Adding to the Marvel credentials, there’s a cameo by Hemsworth’s “Thor” co-star Idris Elba, though here more in the role of puppet master than butt-kicker.

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7.Streaming movies have welcomed the Marvel stable with open arms, and “Extraction” charitably offers Hemsworth a franchise in which he can function as a producer in addition to starring, much as Evans did in the recent Apple action-comedy “Ghosted.”

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8.The tradeoff is that those services appear so happy just to have the promotional value associated with these stars that the actual content of the movies is essentially secondary, at least based on the bare-bones plotting associated with “Extraction 2.”

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9.These movies do demonstrate a willingness by streamers in general, and Netflix in particular, to ante up for projects with the ostensible trappings of a theatrical blockbuster. Add to that equation the cost of a subscription but not needing to extract yourself from the couch, which, alas, is still probably more of an investment than “Extraction 2” is worth.

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