“Extraction” is filmmaker Sam Hargrave’s debut action-thriller film released by Netflix. Hargrave was the stunt coordinator for the blockbuster superhero films Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Endgame, directed by Joe and Anthony Russo. The Russo brothers also produced this film with a script written by Joe. The script was adapted from the comic entitled “Ciudad” by Andre Parks. The Russo Brothers also brought their collaborator, star actor Chris Hemsworth, as well as several famous players, such as Golshifteh Farahani, David Harbour, and dozens of local actors. The collaboration of these four people produces an extraordinary action film that is guaranteed to 100% satisfy fans of the genre.

The plot is simple. Ovi, the son of a major crime kingpin in Mumbai (India), is kidnapped by his rival, a crime kingpin in Dhaka (Bangladesh). The goal is to ask for a ransom. Mumbai contracts a team of mercenaries led by Tyler Rake (Hemsworth) to take Ovi. A simple mission turns into a chaotic situation when a third party also wants Ovi. Alone, Tyler must use all his abilities to face gangsters, police, military, and other parties to protect the boy.

Oh my oh my. This could be an action film with the craziest action scenes I have ever watched. If calculated, perhaps hundreds of body bags would be needed to wrap up the dead victims. This film is all about action and nothing else. One action segment in the second half was recorded as one of the best action sequences I have ever watched with a series of “unbroken (real-time)” shots. The filmmaker’s skill in presenting action scenes that seem so real really deserves a thumbs up. Absolutely crazy!

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This long action scene is at least a dozen minutes long and ends with a “big bang.” The camera can move so dynamically during a car chase scene that moves from one object to another. It’s impossible to do a long take this long (there are cuts at many moments), but this one series of actions still seems impossible to do. We are like watching a video game. Even the camera jumps when the hero jumps from one building to another. Crazy. Other great action films feel inferior when compared to this action offering. There are strong nuances and influences from other popular action films, such as The Raid, John Wick, even The Terminator. “Extraction” with its visual style further raises the bar for action films.

With a fast plot, non-stop action, technical maturity, and the filmmaker’s expertise in processing action scenes, “Extraction” is by far the best action film this year. After “21 Bridges,” the Russo Brothers seemed to want to release all their emotions after the extraordinary success of Marvel films. They now have strong capital to make whatever they want. Story quality is clearly not their target, but the point of “Extraction” is not as bad as we imagine. The relationship between a father and his son is the bond that holds the film together. Even though there are not many dramatic aspects, our empathy is with the figures of these fathers. They certainly weren’t ideal father figures but were certainly tough soldiers. As for the Russo Brothers, I look forward to their next film and hope for a similar surprise.

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A lifelong cinephile, he cultivated a deep interest in film from a young age. Following his architectural studies, he embarked on an independent exploration of film theory and history. His passion for cinema manifested in 2006 when he began writing articles and film reviews. This extensive experience subsequently led him to a teaching position at the esteemed Television and Film Academy in Yogyakarta. From 2003 to 2019, he enriched the minds of students by instructing them in Film History, Introduction to Film Art, and Film Theory. His scholarly pursuits extended beyond the classroom. In 2008, he published his seminal work, "Understanding Film," which delves into the core elements of film, both narrative and cinematic. The book's enduring value is evidenced by its second edition, released in 2018, which has become a cornerstone reference for film and communication academics across Indonesia. His contributions extend beyond his own authorship. He actively participated in the compilation of the Montase Film Bulletin Compilation Book Volumes 1-3 and "30 Best Selling Indonesian Films 2012-2018." Further solidifying his expertise, he authored both "Horror Film Book: From Caligari to Hereditary" (2023) and "Indonesian Horror Film: Rising from the Grave" (2023). His passion for film extends to the present day. He continues to provide insightful critiques of contemporary films on montasefilm.com, while actively participating in film production endeavors with the Montase Film Community. His own short films have garnered critical acclaim at numerous festivals, both domestically and internationally. Recognizing his exceptional talent, the 2022 Indonesian Film Festival shortlisted his writing for Best Film Criticism (Top 15). His dedication to the field continues, as he currently serves as a practitioner-lecturer for Film Criticism and Film Theory courses at the Yogyakarta Indonesian Institute of the Arts' Independent Practitioner Program.


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