Conceptually, there is nothing complicated about Extraction, a film which is largely a rehash of countless stories before it, traversing familial territory with its story of a hardened mercenary on his path to redemption. What does stand out though is Extraction's penchant for carnage, which is on a level rarely seen in mainstream cinema, as the film shows no restraints or reservations when it comes to its portrayal of violence. The choreography and camera work border on too much movement, yet the blunt and rugged action sequences show an attention to detail in their brutality, eschewing the negative implications which can come with a constantly moving camera. Ignoring the orientalism going on in this film, Extraction is a generic but engaging action film which satisfies those looking for something to satisfy their action film bloodlust, standing out on some levels due to its conception of violence.
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