Chris Hemsworth returns as Tyler Rake in Extraction 2, the highly anticipated sequel to Netflix’s 2020 hit, Extraction. Reuniting with writer Joe Russo and director Sam Hargrave, Hemsworth takes on the role of a mercenary involved in Australian black ops, thrust back into action to rescue a gangster’s family from a high-security prison.
Picking up right where the first film left off, Rake finds himself gravely injured in a warzone, fighting for survival. He is later airlifted to Dubai, where the story jumps forward in time, showing Rake still unconscious. Despite doubts about his recovery, Nik, a loyal friend, refuses to give up on him. When Rake finally awakens, he embarks on a journey of rehabilitation, eventually retiring in a secluded cabin in Austria with the support of Nik and the team.
Meanwhile, in Georgia, a man approaches Zurab seeking justice for his brother, whose prison sentence has been extended. Frustrated with the governor’s decision, the man pays with his life, leading to the arrival of Idris Elba’s character. Mia, Rake’s ex-wife, has asked him to rescue Davit’s wife and children, who are trapped in a Georgian prison.
While the first film focused heavily on intense action sequences, lacking a deeper storyline, writer Joe Russo adds a redemptive arc for Rake, bringing stakes and substance to Extraction 2. Director Sam Hargrave skillfully translates Russo’s script into visually striking and gripping sequences, particularly in the early “extraction” scene where Rake attempts to liberate his ex-sister-in-law from prison. Hargrave’s direction sets a new standard for action films, showcasing his remarkable talent.
So, is Extraction 2 worth watching? Initial reviews have been positive, with a 79% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, indicating a mostly favorable response. Critics agree that the sequel is bigger, bolder, and in some ways even better than its predecessor, delivering an exhilarating and over-the-top action thriller.
Notable reviews include Tim Robey from The Daily Telegraph, who praises Hemsworth’s performance, likening it to Matt Damon’s portrayal of Jason Bourne, saying, “Hemsworth has landed on his Bourne, and this is his Supremacy.”
Brandon Zachary from CBR describes Extraction 2 as a straightforward action film, comparing it to a cinematic adaptation of the popular video game Call of Duty, and ultimately finding it enjoyable, stating, “Extraction 2 is a basic action movie that’s essentially Call of Duty: The Movie–and when it embraces that, the Chris Hemsworth flick is pretty fun.”