“No matter how badass you think you are, there is always a badass bigger than you.” Amir, the main antagonist of this Netflix rescue thriller, says to one of his numerous henchmen during an early scene. It’s almost as if he knew I’d be comparing this movie to the likes of John Wick, Jason Bourne and all the other memorable characters with terrific stunt work before he made that statement.
In case the thought crossed your mind, no, this isn’t me hinting at ‘Extraction’ being a masterpiece or having a protagonist whose name would go on to strike fear whenever called upon, that’s not it at all. My praises, however, are unreserved for it having one of the most impressive choreography, camera work shot angles, and stunt work I’ve seen in a while.
Oh my! What’s not to love about Chris Hemsworth punching and killing people?
Everything the movie’s cliche rescue storyline lacks in originality, its impressive action sequences make up for it. And I think for this movie, that’s enough to love it.
Netflix leaves the ending ambiguous, probably to test the waters, see how viewers react and decide if a sequel should happen sometime in the future.
Do you want a sequel to Extraction?
Release Date: June 14
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Liam Neeson, et al.
MIB: International isn’t half the bad sprout the news made it out to be. Yes, it isn’t what it was during the time of Will Smith and Tommy Lee, but what usually is after the being in existence for over 19 years. Growth is the only thing permanent in life, and that includes the MIB franchise too. Sub-themes of feminism and gender equality abound, clearly reflecting the modern leaps in human relations with one another and what it’d look like if aliens were known to us.
Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth have palpable chemistry taken straight off their MCU history, but even that doesn’t save their respective characters of Agent M and H from feeling a tad estranged.
Agreed, MIB: International is a pointless remake, another attempt by Hollywood to cash out on an already famous property, It plays if safe – start to finish, but it’s still far from the senseless movie it’s made out to be.
Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5
Release Date: October 12
Budget/Box-Office: $32M/ $31.5M
Starring: Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson, Jeff Bridges, Chris Hemsworth, et al.
What do you get when you bring together an undercover cop, a lady hoping for a breakthrough in her musical career, a thief suffering from dementia posing as a priest, and a big sister trying to save her little sister from harm’s way, and put all of then in a hotel infamous for bad behaviors under the supervision of a young man struggling with his faith?
The answer’s chaos. Beautifully crafted chaos.
Going through the cast, one would be inspired to give this movie a shot, but never did I expect it to be as good as it turned out to be. Every single member of the cast was good, including Dakota Johnson (for those wondering).
Chris Hemsworth continues to impress me with his continuous swing onscreen comedy. His role here as Billy Lee, though minor, got to evoke laughter from me more than ones because of the character’s many idiosyncrasies.
The music’s good, lighting and cinematography also. Practically every technical aspects of the film checks out. ‘Bad times at the El Royale’ even has an impressive Deus ex machina, something that’s surprisingly rare in movie these days. It’s a shame the movie’s so underrated.
Directed by: Drew Goddard
Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5