Movie Review: Extraction

Extraction is a greatest hits collection of generic thrills that make it as bland and forgettable as its lead.

When a terrorist group kidnaps retired CIA field operative Leonard Turner (Bruce Willis), his son Harry Turner (Kellan Lutz), a government analyst who has been repeatedly turned down for field service, launches his own unsanctioned rescue operation. While evading highly skilled operatives, deadly assassins, and international terrorists, Harry finally puts his combat training to the test in a high stakes mission to find his father and to stop a terrorist plot.

Having reached Hollywood’s expiry date but with no intent on veering away from his action persona, Bruce Willis has now been reduced to a marketing ploy.

Extraction is primarily a star vehicle for Kellan Lutz, one of the many generic hunks who probably wish they can have Chris Evan’s career. After failing to launch as a movie star with the box office flop and critically panned The Legend of Hercules, he tries it once again now with the help of Bruce Willis.

However, even Willis recognizes the pot boiler material that he’s been given as the movie star is clearly phoning it in. Kellan Lutz doesn’t need to make much of an effort here, but he’s a dull slab of muscle. Gina Carano tries but she has nothing to do except be the token femme fatale. The rest of the C-list cast is forgettable like the rest of the movie.

Extraction is indistinguishable from the many predictable action B-movies that has come out since the 80’s with its hackneyed plot and cliched thrills. The trailer has already clued you in that this is your run-in-the-mill story about a hot shot who defies orders to save his Dad and stop a terrorist plot involving a weapon of mass destruction. If you still want to watch it, you’ll only get a plot held together by generic action set pieces – the bar room brawl, the night club seduction, the restroom one-on-one fight, the warehouse showdown, and a low budget car chase. And yes, there are bad guys with thick foreign accents and a love interest with a former fling.

The makers of this movie seems to know the quality of what they’re peddling. Extraction breezes through a running time of 83 minutes, keeping exposition to one liners. It borrows some elements from Jason Bourne in an attempt to elevate its material – wide screen shots of sprawling cities and a boss shouting at computer screens – but everything is too cheap and lacks any detail.

Extraction is aware of what it is and does what its supposed to do, but the movie’s tired offerings is not worth any time and effort.

My Rating: 2/10

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