Director: Sam Hargrave
Notable Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Golshifteh Farahani, Adam
Bessa, Tornike Gogrichiani, Tornike Bziava, Tinatin Dalakishvili, Andro
Japaridze, Justin Howell, Idris Elba, Olga Kurylenko, Daniel Bernhardt
Netflix is making some entertaining films, but I feel like there
is a problem.
Extraction 2 recently dropped on Netflix instead of
theaters, green-lit after whatever imaginary numbers that Netflix made up for
the viewership of the first film. Like many sequels, Extraction 2
suffers from a bit of sequel-itis as it attempts to go bigger, badder, and
broader with what fans loved in the first one and, like many sequels, it tends
to lose some of its grip on the ground in doing so. Those who loved that its
predecessor was a gritty old-school action hero thrust into exponentially
rising action with exponential chances of failure will appreciate the larger
scope of this one and Hemsworth’s stone-cold performance. Those fans who loved
the militaristic and earthy realism of the original may find themselves lost in
the sillier action formulas that Extraction 2 starts to dabble in.
To say it simply, Extraction 2 is more of a mixed
bag, but it is the kind of throwback action flick that’s meant to be seen on
the most giant screen possible. It's loud and proud of itself, but seeing it at
home takes away some of the fun of it. And it feels as though its hero and his
plight in Georgia (the country, thanks) deserve more than just decaying in
the Netflix Graveyard where streaming films go to die.