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Mini Review: Extraction 2

After barely surviving his grievous wounds from his mission in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tyler Rake is back, and his team is ready to take on their next mission. Tasked with extracting a family who is at the mercy of a Georgian gangster, Tyler infiltrates one of the world's deadliest prisons in order to save them. But when the extraction gets hot, and the gangster dies in the heat of battle, his equally ruthless brother tracks down Rake and his team to Sydney, in order to get revenge.

Chris Hemsworth & Golshifteh Farahani.

Extraction 2 is the follow up to the surprisingly fun & exciting first film but this time Joe Russo leads as writer. And that is this films greatest issue.

The easy positive to note is how brilliant and thrilling all the action is, particularly its longer takes that really make you appreciate the artistry behind stunt work and practicality in action films. Chris Hemsworth appears to do most of his stunts and that really elevated the film. Attached with a great performance by Chris whom worked with boring dialogue without much subtext.

The sound design is grounded and real, while the music is rather generic. Unfortunately, the entire film is full of emotionless story and lacklustre pacing for a film with such terrific action. The cinematography, while does it’s job, is bland and uninteresting, mainly elevated by the great camerawork. It’s a shame because Hargrave clearly had a knack for directing, further proving himself as a director instead of primarily a stunt man.

The supporting performances are fine. Everything is fine. But the action really steps up in every way, from its stunt work to directing, Hargrave knows how to keep an audience on the edge of their seats. Chris Hemsworth continues to impress. While a step down over the first, it’s not a bad watch.

2.5 / 5

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