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By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Bloody violence, trite story in predictable action tale.

Movie R 2020 116 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 18 parent reviews

age 12+
1 person found this helpful.
age 13+

Good movie

It is a violent movie but mature 13 year olds can definitely watch it- there is lots of violence and guns- but is a good movie- there r some great messages and role models like the main character Tyler

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (18):
Kids say (36):

While the one-take battle sequences are exciting and impressive, the overall story is a shopworn formula from beginning to end. The hero is both strong and silent, and he's also conflicted between the lucrative mission and the pangs of his conscience. Extraction tries to add a third dimension to this action hero (and with a name like "Tyler Rake," you know he's not going to be an insurance salesman in some suburb) through the untimely death of a young son, but it feels as forced and obligatory as scenes in which the bad guys are shown to be bad by throwing kids off of roofs. Overall, the movie feels more like a first-person shooter game than a movie, and even with the requisite plot twists and expected betrayals, what ultimately emerges is the constant barrage of urban warfare in a developing country.

The story is at its best in the chemistry between Hemsworth and Rudhraksh Jaiswal, who does an excellent job of playing a teen trying to live a normal life but caught in a traumatic situation due to circumstances far beyond his control. That said, even this chemistry, like every other plot point in the story, is overwhelmed by the bombastic violence. And the ending comes across as a cynical attempt to have it both ways with the audience. It's fine for action-movie escapist fare, but throughout, one gets the feeling that the movie wouldn't have been that much different if they had just dispensed with a story altogether.

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