Extraction: What You Need to Know
Approached with managed expectations, the action/thriller Extraction – which clocks in at a brisk 83 minutes, roughly six of them devoted to snazzy opening graphics and longest list of producer names ever assembled – is a decent watch that will go up perceptibly during home movie night with a slightly chilled Gamay Noir and a fancy bag of chips.
As the film arrives on DVD and Blu-ray (you can order it on the right-hand side of the page), we preview the new thriller...
What's the plot?
Leonard Turner, an ace CIA operative, is kidnapped by a nefarious band of no-good-niks keen to lay their hands on a special device that will allow domination over the world’s information systems. When Leonard’s son Harry (an aspiring CIA operative) learns the agency has no plan to save his father, he launches his own daring rescue operation. Along the way, Harry is reunited with Victoria, a former flame (and – wait for it – now also a CIA operative... talk about a small world, huh!) who is tasked with bringing Harry in. Will she do it? Will they fall back into each other's arms? Will Harry’s father transcend his grief over the death of Harry’s mother? These are the questions that burn…
Who's in it?
Herein may lie the clue as to how Extraction secured theatrical release: go-to tough guy Bruce Willis plays Leonard Turner while model/actor Kellan Lutz – best known as hunky vampire Emmett Cullen in the Twilight series – plays Harry Turner opposite actress and mixed martial artist Gina Carano as Victoria.
Does it deliver?
Extraction has plenty of action – bloody and frequent hand-to-hand combat, a smattering of car chases, some gearhead-happy surveillance scenes, a fairly decent plot twist in the third act, a biker scene (rarely bad) and a bunch of committed actors doing their level best with the material at hand. Granted, it won’t win Oscars but as a Tuesday night time-waster goes, it’s entirely serviceable. Just don't forget the Gamay.