Manager – Sam Hargrave
Distribution – Chris Hemsworth, Rudhraksh Jaswal, Randip Hooda, Priyanshu Pinewley, Golshiftech Farahani, David Harbor, Pancaj Tripathy
Gone are the days when the fashion profiles of famous filmmakers in the New York Times were accompanied by photographs in which they carefully framed the frame, stretched out their arms and looked strictly at their faces. In 2020, the rules will no longer apply. And no film about director Sam Hargreve would be complete without a picture of him on the hood of a racing car driving through narrow streets, a compact digital camera in his hand and a helmet on his head.
If you like these things, you’ve probably seen Hargreve’s backstage where he shot an important action scene in his first movie, Extraction like a daredevil on drugs. And if you don’t, you have to. Almost all the promotional material for the film, which was released on the 24th. April on Netflix seems to cover this scene, but none of this reflects the brilliance of what Hargreve and his team have achieved.
Look at the trailer exhaust here.
And that’s a good thing, because seeing it unfold, transform and develop before your eyes is a sight to behold. The scene is in many ways the central element of the film Extraction, which stylistically and sonic resembles the spy thriller Atomic Blonde 2017, in which Hargreve was the stunt coordinator.
To give the impression that the choreography was filmed in one go, the extraction sequence begins with a chase that turns into a leg chase, culminates in a knife fight and ends with a thundering microdrop that would certainly give a thundering applause to an overcrowded house if the film were shown in the cinema instead of on screen. Although I suspect that more than a few spectators at home could provoke a silent greeting.
Hargreve shows a talent for inventive cinematography, the ability to create excitement and an unexpected talent for beating with the humour of the camera. Through complex choreographies and a handful of excellent performances, he fluently changes perspective and scale, creating an action scene for time – one that can function almost independently as a short film with a beginning, a middle and an end.
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The joint production of Joe and Anthony Russo Extraction, whose popularity in India is due to the fact that it is mainly recorded here and that it features a number of talented local actors, is the adrenaline rush we all need now. The fact that the extraction is not only a spectacular action film, but also a well-written drama, is a plus.
Randyp Hooda in an extraction cell.
The structure is constructed in the simple manner of a classic western, particularly the classic Shane from 1953 (which also inspired films such as Logan and The Children of Men), the extraction stars of Chris Hemsworth, in the role of a morally controversial mercenary named Tyler Rake, who dares to find and extract the teenage son of an Indian drug lord kidnapped by a rival gangster from Bangladesh and hidden somewhere in Dhaka.
While the Indian gangster Pancaj Tripathy only appears in one scene, his son Rudhraksh Jaswala is actually the second protagonist in the film. Heyswal is much more than his opponent Hemsworth, who plays with Thor’s nerve and Steve McQueen’s intensity.
Some of the best scenes in the film are those in which Raque and the young Ovi Mahajan combine moments of short breathing as the whole city of Dhaka descends towards them, trying to prevent them from crossing the border with India.
These scenes are necessary and bring an indispensable balance to an incredibly complex film. It is rare to appear in such films, but Hemsworth and Randip Hood, who plays Mahayan’s companion, both do excellent work. I’d like to tell you more about Saju Hooda, a charming samurai, but I’m afraid revealing something else about him could spoil the film. Not only is he a human tree, but he’s also mysterious and cool, with a moral code hidden under his combat gear.
Joe Russo’s script is thin, but the way the plot is structured – streamlined, but full of prequels – seems both classic and very comical. The extraction is a ransom for Tyler Rake and Netflix.
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