A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Extraction is an action movie with lots of violence -- including guns and shooting, fighting, bloody wounds, and characters dying. A woman is briefly shown topless; there's also kissing (both male-female and female-female) and women in skimpy clothing/underwear viewed as objects. Language is very strong, with multiple uses of "f--k," plus "s--t," "c--ksucker," "p---y," and many more. There's also some brief background drinking. Despite the presence of Bruce Willis in a small role, there's little to attract teens (or anyone) to this sub-par effort.
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What's the story?
Harry Turner (Kellan Lutz) has spent his life trying to live up to his legendary father, CIA operative Leonard Turner (Bruce Willis). Working in the CIA, Harry has spent months applying to become a field operative but keeps getting turned down. But when his father is kidnapped and a terrorist group threatens to unleash a killer computer virus, Harry heads out on his own to rescue his dad and save the world. The CIA sends the skilled Victoria (Gina Carano) to bring Harry home, but it turns out that Harry and Victoria have a personal history, and she decides to help him instead. Will they be prepared when they find out what the real plot is?
Is it any good?
Bad acting, clunky cinematography and editing, heavy violence, and a less-than-genius screenplay make this a totally disposable action movie, not even recommendable to die-hard Willis fans. Director Steven C. Miller and co-writers Max Adams and Umair Aleem leave no cliche unturned, from a flashback opening that explains all the single-minded character motivations to come, to a half-baked romance, a noisy music score, and a "twist" that's more annoying than surprising.
Lutz and Carano both seem to have been hired based on their skills in the gym rather than their acting, and Willis isn't on-screen long enough to make up for them. Supporting characters are ridiculously thin and often rather dumb. And the whole thing is wrapped up in a choppy, shaky filming style that makes all the chases, fights, and shoot-outs numbing instead of exciting. EXTRACTION's main achievement is that it makes us feel sorry for poor Willis, who surely deserves better.
Talk to your kids about ...
Are women objectified in the movie, or is Victoria a role model? What's the difference?
What's interesting about characters who break the rules? Which characters break the rules in a good way, and which break the rules in a bad way? What's the difference?
How does this movie compare to other movies you've seen about CIA agents? Does it make the job seem appealing? What do you think it's really like to work for the CIA?
- In theaters: December 18, 2015
- On DVD or streaming: February 23, 2016
- Cast: Bruce Willis, Kellan Lutz, Gina Carano
- Director: Steven C. Miller
- Studio: Lionsgate
- Genre: Thriller
- Run time: 83 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: violence, language throughout and brief sexual content/nudity
- Last updated: June 9, 2020
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