“Extraction 2” Review Round-Up: Chris Hemsworth-led Action Film Punches Even Harder in Sequel
If you’re looking to extract someone from an impossibly dangerous situation against seemingly insurmountable odds, then Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth) is your man. The name says it all. Rake will sweep all obstacles out of his way, including his own demise—the end of the first Extraction toyed with the idea he was dead, but savvy viewers knew better—to pluck whoever you need from harm’s way. So now that Rake is back in Extraction 2 with a new mission to rescue the beleaguered family of a brutal Georgian gangster from a prison, no less, do Hemsworth, director Sam Hargrave, and their team deliver the goods?
The critics are mostly in agreement that, yes, they do. They deliver those goods with their fists on fire, in fact. Extraction 2 was always going to have to take the formidable action set-pieces and breathless action of the original and find a way to kick it up a notch. It’s the same challenge that faces all action franchises; whether it’s a Mission: Impossible or John Wick or Fast & Furious film, the rule is that the new film must be even crazier than the last, and Extraction 2 passes that test and then some.
With the film streaming on Netflix on June 16, we’ve extracted a few quick hits from the critics to help to prepare you for your mission—should you choose to accept it.
— Variety (@Variety) June 15, 2023
— IndieWire (@IndieWire) June 15, 2023
Extraction 2. It’s quite somethin’.https://t.co/sSCDg621WC
— Jordan Hoffman (@jhoffman) June 15, 2023
— Matt Neglia @Tribeca (@NextBestPicture) June 15, 2023
REVIEW: Chris Hemworth’s mercenary with a talent for rescuing — sorry, extracting — people out of bad situations is bolder, bloodier and extractier in Netflix’s #Extraction2
Not kidding when I say at one point he throws punches while his fists are aflame https://t.co/vRqvfTGqLh
— Nina Metz (@Nina_Metz) June 15, 2023
With an impressively executed one-take sequence and various well-choreographed fight sequences, Sam Hargrave’s thriller joins this year’s fine slate of action cinema https://t.co/RfdpRf4Q4F
— TheWrap (@TheWrap) June 15, 2023
“Extraction 2” is light on meaningful plot, but at its best, its action is thrillingly, inventively over-the-top.https://t.co/QTumx5gMGW
— Nick Schager (@nschager) June 15, 2023
— San Francisco Chronicle (@sfchronicle) June 15, 2023
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) June 15, 2023
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Featured image: Extraction 2. Chris Hemsworth as Tyler Rake in Extraction 2. Cr. Jasin Boland/Netflix © 2023