Extraction (2020 film)

Extraction is a 2020 American action thriller film directed by Sam Hargrave (in his feature directorial debut) and written by Joe Russo, based on the graphic novel Ciudad by Ande Parks, Joe Russo, Anthony Russo, Fernando León González, and Eric Skillman. The film's cast features Chris Hemsworth, Rudhraksh Jaiswal, Randeep Hooda (his international film debut), Golshifteh Farahani, Pankaj Tripathi and David Harbour. In the film, an Australian black ops mercenary takes on a mission to save an Indian drug lord's kidnapped son in Dhaka, Bangladesh, but the mission goes awry when he is double-crossed.

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

Announced to be in development on 2018, the film is a direct adaptation of the 2014 graphic novel as the Russo Brothers intended to bring the story to the screen. Several deviations separate the film from the source material of the graphic novel, however the overall story is largely maintained. Netflix released Extraction on April 24, 2020, where it received mixed reviews and became the most-watched original film in Netflix's history, with over 99 million viewers during the first four weeks.

A sequel titled Extraction 2 was released on June 16, 2023, with the main cast returning.



Ovi Mahajan Jr., son of incarcerated Indian drug lord Ovi Mahajan Sr., sneaks out of his house to visit a club with his friend. At the party, they go to the garage to have a smoke, where they encounter corrupt police officers working for rival Bangladeshi drug lord Amir Asif. They shoot Ovi Jr.'s friend and kidnap him.

After discovering this, Saju Rav — a former lieutenant colonel in the Indian Army Para Special Forces and Ovi Jr.'s protector — visits Ovi Sr. in prison. Unwilling to pay the ransom or surrender his territories to Amir as it will hurt his prestige, Ovi Sr. orders Saju to retrieve his son, threatening to kill Saju's own son if he is unwilling to do so.

Tyler Rake, a former Australian Army SASR operator turned black-market operations mercenary, is recruited by his partner and fellow mercenary, Nik Khan, to save Ovi Jr. from Dhaka, Bangladesh. Tyler and Khan's team prepare to extract Ovi Jr., with Ovi Sr.'s men set to pay them once Ovi Jr. is recovered.

Tyler saves Ovi Jr., kills his captors, and takes him to the extraction point. Learning of Ovi Jr.'s escape, Asif orders the head of the local police, Colonel Rashid, to initiate an immediate lockdown of Dhaka, securing all bridges and travel points out of the city. Ovi Sr.'s men intentionally fail to transfer the funds as it is revealed that the authorities have frozen Ovi Sr.'s bank account, so he had no means to pay the mercenaries in the first place.

Saju kills Tyler's teammates and tries to kill Tyler, so he can save Ovi Jr. himself and cheat the mercenaries out of their payment. Khan arranges for a helicopter to extract Tyler outside the city and tells him to abandon Ovi Jr. since the contract has been nullified. Tyler refuses to leave Ovi Jr. behind, haunted by memories of his own son, whom he abandoned after he could not stand seeing him suffer from lymphoma any longer.

After escaping Saju and the corrupt Dhaka Metropolitan Police tactical units on Asif's payroll, Tyler fights off a gang of boys led by Farhad, a young criminal eager to impress Asif. Tyler calls his friend Gaspar, a retired American squad-mate living in Dhaka, and he and Ovi Jr. lay low at Gaspar's home for the evening.

Gaspar reveals Asif has placed a $10,000,000 bounty on Ovi Jr., which he offers to share if Tyler allows him to kill the boy. He refuses and fights Gaspar, who gains the upper hand but is shot and killed by Ovi with Gaspar's own gun. Tyler calls Saju and asks for his help, and they team up to escape Dhaka.

Tyler draws attention away from a disguised Saju and Ovi Jr. as the two make their way through a bridge checkpoint before following to cover their escape. Khan and her remaining mercenaries approach from the opposite side of the bridge, as Asif watches from afar with binoculars. In the ensuing firefight, Saju is shot and killed by Rashid, who is in turn shot and killed by Khan. Wounded, Tyler instructs Ovi Jr. to run to Khan's waiting helicopter. As a badly wounded Tyler follows, he is shot in the neck by Farhad and, seeing Ovi Jr. is safe, falls into the river. Ovi Jr., Khan, and the extraction team escape to Mumbai for safety.

Eight months later, Khan encounters Asif in a restroom and promptly shoots him to death. Meanwhile, Ovi Jr, who's returned to Mumbai, jumps into his school's swimming pool to practice holding his breath, mirroring the scene where Tyler is introduced chronologically in the film. He surfaces to see a blurred vision of a man resembling Tyler watching him.





Development and casting


The film had a long development process. On March 5, 2012, it was revealed that Dwayne Johnson is attached to star in the film, originally titled Ciudad, with the Russo Brothers on board to direct from a screenplay by Joe Russo.[2]

On August 31, 2018, it was announced that Sam Hargrave would direct Dhaka from a screenplay by Joe Russo.[3] In addition, Chris Hemsworth was set to star in the film.[3] In November 2018, the rest of the cast was set.[4][5]



Production began in Ahmedabad and Mumbai in November 2018.[5] Filming next took place in Ban Pong, Ratchaburi, Thailand.[6]

The cast stayed in Nakhon Pathom.[5] Principal production ended in March 2019.[7][8] The film's working title was initially Dhaka but was changed to Out of the Fire,[9] before the final title was revealed to be Extraction on February 19, 2020. The production in Bangladesh was handled by the same team that handled the production of Avengers: Age of Ultron shot in 2014 in Bangladesh.[citation needed]



Henry Jackman and Alex Belcher composed the film score and worked together in 21 Bridges while the Russo Brothers produced the film. BMG has released the soundtrack. English indie rock band Alt-J's "In Cold Blood" was used for the official trailer.[10]





Extraction was the top-streamed item in its debut weekend, then fell to sixth place (but third among films) in its second week.[11][12] Netflix estimated the film would be watched by about 90 million households during its first month of release, the biggest premiere in the service's history.[13][14] The film returned to the site's top-10 during the 4th of July weekend.[15] In July 2020, Netflix said the film had been watched by 99 million households in its first four weeks of release, the most-ever for one of their original films.[16] In November, Variety reported the film was the fourth-most watched straight-to-streaming title of 2020 up to that point.[17]

Critical response


On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 67% based on 214 reviews, with an average rating of 6.2/10. 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."[18] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 56 out of 100, based on 35 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[19]

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."[20] 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."[21]

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."[22]

Extraction was criticized by several outlets as having "white savior" elements.[23][24] Variety called the film "a white-savior version of Man on Fire,"[23] while Screen Rant said that the film's "regressive white savior elements" drag it down.[24] In an overall positive review, Scott Mendelson of Forbes wrote: "Look, let's get this out of the way. Yes, director Sam Hargrave and writer Joe Russo's Extraction... is an arguably 'problematic' white savior flick but it's also a solid action-adventure".[25]

The Daily Star expressed concern over the representation of Dhaka, calling the representation "bleak and inaccurate, but Dhaka nonetheless".[26][27] BBC Bangla also noted many complaints online about the portrayal of Dhaka and Bangladesh in the film.[28][29]



Marko Forker, Lynzi Grant, Craig Wentworth, and Olivier Sarda were nominated by the Visual Effects Society at the 19th Visual Effects Society Awards on April 6, 2021, in the category Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature.[30]



In May 2020, it was reported Joe Russo had been hired to write a sequel to the film, with the intention of both Sam Hargrave and Chris Hemsworth returning.[31][32] In December 2020, the Russo Brothers stated that beyond the sequel they hope to develop a series of films set within the world of Extraction to not only explore some of the characters that were introduced in the first film but to potentially launch a cinematic universe. In January 2021, it was rumored that the Russo brothers were also working on an origin story for Randeep Hooda's character Saju.[33]

Principal photography began on December 4, 2021, in Prague, Czech Republic.[34] Filming for the sequel was slated to begin in Sydney, Australia in September 2021, but measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic moved production to Prague.[35]

In September 2021, Netflix released a teaser trailer for Extraction 2, which revealed that Hemsworth will return as Tyler Rake.[36]


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