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Extraction is an 2020 action movie directed by Sam Hargrave and written by Joe Russo, based on the graphic novel Ciudad.

Tyler Rakes, a mercenary, is tasked with the extraction of Ovi Mahajan, the kidnapped son of an imprisoned drug lord, from the clutches of Bangladesh's biggest drug lord, Amir Asif, who's holding Ovi for ransom.

The movie stars among others Chris Hemsworth, Rudhraksh Jaiswal, David Harbour, Golshifteh Farahani, and Randeep Hooda.


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  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: Downplayed. They have to crouch to get through the section of the sewer that they're in, they're clearly slopping through several inches of unidentifiable filth, and Ovi starts coughing immediately from the smell.
  • Action Girl: Nik Khan, one of Tyler's fellow mercenaries.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: The clerk asking the bloody, battered, filthy Saju how many beds he's going to need gets him to grin.
  • After Action Patch Up: Both Tyler and Saju have to patch themselves up after their first fight.
  • Ambiguous Ending: It is left it open whether Tyler is actually dead and whether the man standing in the background in the last shot is really Tyler or just Ovi's imagination.
  • Anti-Villain: Saju wants to rescue Ovi so his family won't get killed by Ovi's father, but neither he nor the father want to pay the ransom money. Instead, he tricks Tyler's team into doing the heavy lifting and kills most of them so he can extract Ovi at the intended drop-off point himself.
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  • Armor Is Useless: Averted hard. The bulletproof vests the cops wear stop even the point-blank pistol shots from Tyler's Glock. He needs to hit them either in the limbs or face, or find some other way to neutralize them (in one case by throwing them off a railing). The body armor the regular soldiers wear is realistically less effective against the heavier calibre of Tyler's assault rifle.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The elderly Colonel easily kills several Red Shirts as well as Saju using just one sniper rifle, while previously the protagonists killed hundreds of his men. This raises a question - why didn't any other members of the Dhaka's police force (possibly younger and of lower rank) do the sniping, when it proved to be so effective?
  • Awesome Aussie: Tyler appears to be Australian, like his actor, and is very awesome.
  • Batman Gambit: When Asif rounds up Farhad and other children to question them on information about the mercenaries, Farhad positions the boy who does know at the very front so he would be the one who would be thrown off the roof first, leaving Asif empty-handed.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Tyler, after getting shot in the side (indicating a lung hit) and more after getting shot in the neck.
  • Book-Ends:
    • Tyler is introduced jumping from a cliff into deep waters. The movie ends with Tyler falling from the bridge into deep waters after getting shot.
    • Another bookend related to the above. With Tyler's first scene being his dive from a cliff into deep waters to hold his breath for a while, the last scene is Ovi doing the same thing from a diving board, but being less successful in staying submerged.
  • Boom, Headshot!:
    • Saju dies this way during the bridge battle.
    • This is also how G is finally killed.
  • Bound and Gagged: Ovi is subjected to this as he is held for ransom.
  • Cold Sniper: G.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Both Tyler and Saju fight dirty, press every advantage and use every Improvised Weapon that comes to hand.
  • Contract on the Hitman: Well, on the mercenary team, as Saju doesn't have the money to pay them, so he gets them to do the hard part and then starts wasting them himself.
  • Covered in Scars: Tyler's back is covered in scars, including at least two bullet wounds.
  • Curse Cut Short: Twice, Tyler is interrupted saying "Oh sh–" as someone shoots at him.
  • Creator Cameo: Director Sam Hargrave cameos as "G", who covers Tyler at the end of the first act.
  • Death Seeker: Tyler, according to Nik.
    Nik: You're hoping if you spin the chamber enough times, you're gonna catch a bullet.
  • Dented Iron: Tyler is seen taking pills, presumably painkillers, multiple times. Gaspar asks him if it's for his knee.
    Tyler: Yeah, knee, back, shoulder...
  • Diabolus ex Machina: Farhad appearing near the end and shooting Tyler in the neck.
  • Dirty Cop: The entire police force of Dhaka is under Asif's payroll. It's implied that he can also influence politicians through them since he puts the entire city on lockdown.
  • Dirty Coward: Tyler reveals to Ovi that believes himself to be one, having volunteered for another tour of duty in Afghanistan so he wouldn't have to be around when his son passed.
  • Double Tap: Frequently. Probably most notable when Nik kills Asif at the end. She shoots him in the head, then puts two more rounds into him while he's lying on the ground.
  • Do You Trust Me?: Name-dropped by Tyler. Considering Ovi doesn't even know his name at that point, the answer is a blunt "No."
  • Elites Are More Glamorous: Rake is a former member of Australia's Special Air Service Regiment. Saju is a former Para(Special Forces), which is how he's one of the only people capable of matching Rake punch for punch.
  • Enemy Mine: Saju and Tyler team up to get Ovi to the extraction point, because Saju's family is at stake and at that point all Tyler cares about is getting out Ovi.
  • Eye Scream: Tyle slams a mook face-first onto the head of a broken rake to kill him.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Gaspar owes Tyler a favor from their past as mercenaries, but it turns out that he's even closer friends with Asif and wants to turn Ovi in to him.
  • Fingore: Asif tries to make Farhad cut off two of his own fingers on their first meeting. Farhad later apparently cuts one off after his failure at the market and promises another to Asif if he lets Farhad be the one to kill Tyler.
  • Giving Them the Strip: A cop grabs Ovi and tries to drag him away, but Ovi slips out of the bulletproof vest Tyler strapped onto him, getting away.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: Tyler, in the midst of the climactic fight, snaps one mook's neck...by slapping him in the face with another mook.
  • Gun Fu: Tyler uses liberal amounts of it while fighting several corrupt cops in an apartment building.
  • Happy Flashback: Tyler keeps having flashbacks of playing with his late son on a beach.
  • Hope Spot: Tyler's critically injured, but it looks like all the baddies on the bridge are dead and he turns to make his way to the others and to possible medical attention...and then Farhad shows up.
  • Hostage MacGuffin: Ovi.
  • How We Got Here: The movie starts with Tyler taking part in a shootout on a bridge, which is the climax of the movie.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: Asif discusses this with Farhad, who advises not to try being a badass because there will always be a bigger badass.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Tyler's last name is "Rakes", so of course he kills a man with a rake during a fight scene.
  • Karma Houdini: Farhad completely gets away with shooting Tyler in the neck and killing him, presumably.
  • Knife Fight: Tyler and Saju engage in one after falling off a building. It ends when Tyler gets hit with a car.
  • Last Stand: Severely wounded, Tyler tells Ovi to run for the helicopter and takes care of the remaining enemies until he is seemingly fatally shot in the neck.
  • Made of Iron: Tyler and Saju are able to take an incredible amount of punishment ranging from falling off a roof to getting hit by a truck. Even getting shot in the side doesn't stop Tyler from killing lots of soldiers. Saju takes multiple hits from a UMP at close range that clearly penetrate (he leaves a large blood smear behind) and still manages to get up.
  • More Dakka: A helicopter with several men riding on the side (toying with the trope, not firing on fully automatic but making up for it in volume of shooters) and a door gunner with a machine gun manage to pin Saju down effectively until Nik hits the chopper with an RPG.
  • One-Man Army: Tyler and Saju each mow through waves of Bangladeshi police and soldiers.
  • The Oner: About halfway through the movie there is an 11-minute take where Tyler and Ovi are trying to escape from enemy forces. This includes driving away in a car, then leaving a car and fleeing in a building where they are pursued by soldiers and finally a showdown with Saju.
  • One-Word Title: Extraction
  • On Three: But Tyler only counts to one before throwing Ovi out of the truck and jumping himself.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: In a quiet moment, Tyler reveals to Ovi that he had a son who died of lymphoma at age six.
  • Pants-Positive Safety: Justified, as Saju just ditched his tactical gear, so the only place he has left to stick his pistol is in his waistband.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Even after Rashid takes out Saju, the chopper pilot, and one of Nik's mercenaries, nobody bothers to warn Tyler that there's a sniper in the area. He doesn't take cover like he should (only taking cover from the police and soldiers ahead of and behind him) and gets shot as a result.
  • Private Military Contractors: Rake and his fellow mercenaries appear to be the heroic variation, although it's hinted that they've done less than savory jobs in the past.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Ovi's father is a drug lord who is in prison. When his son is kidnapped and held for ransom, he might be able to threaten his son's caretaker's family, but he can't pay the ransom himself because his assets are frozen.
    • The men who were holding Ovi weren't exactly concerned for his welfare or comfort. As a result, he has to change his pants after Tyler springs him.
    • Getting hit with a car might be something you can walk away from, but it's not something you can just walk off, no matter how tough you are. Both Tyler and Saju are severely banged up by their respective car accidents.
    • Just because Ovi isn't actively on the line with Tyler discussing leaving him behind with Nik doesn't mean he can't hear what's being said.
    • Tyler, while notably injured, is attacked by a group of slum kids. Him being former special forces, and having at least a hundred pounds on each of them besides, the film doesn't even pretend the kids are a threat to him, and the fight is mostly him tossing them about like ragdolls.
  • Revenge: In one of the last scenes, Nik Khan shoots Asif to avenge Tyler.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Tyler refers to the pack of kids that attacks them as "The Goonies from Hell."
    • Saju pinning a mook down with the barrel of his weapon as he reloads the weapon is almost certainly one from John Wick: Chapter 2.
      • In the same vein, when Farhad fights Tyler, he thrusts a knife at him and punches the hilt several times in an attempt to drive it further forward, replicating a similar technique in John Wick.
  • Sniping the Cockpit: Colonel Rashid manages this on the extraction chopper, forcing the copilot (one of Nik's mercenaries) to take the controls and bug out. Justified, since the chopper was attempting a landing.
  • Tae Kwon Door: Tyler knocks out Farhad by hitting him with a car door.
  • Take It to the Bridge: The climax of the movie takes place on a bridge.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Many of the citizens seem less than perturbed by a giant armed Australian man kicking their doors in or knife-fighting another guy in the middle of the street. One is so apathetic about the sight that they hit Tyler with a car right when he has Saju on the ropes.
  • With My Hands Tied: Tyler takes down a mook with his hands zip-tied and a bag over his head.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Asif kidnaps Ovi for ransom and has one of his friends killed in the process. He is also not averse to having much younger children killed to to demonstrate his power.
  • Would Not Hurt A Child: Tyler avoids killing any of the children that attack him since he knows that they are pressured and since he himself had a son who died young. Doesn't mean he won't kick their asses, though. He also immediately shuts down Gaspar's idea to kill Ovi.
  • You Have Out Lived Your Usefulness: Once Tyler is approaching the intended extraction point, Saju starts knocking off members of his team, intending to extract Ovi himself.

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