Director: Sam Hargrave
Extraction 2 was another fun experience. If you’re into action movies and don’t mind blood and gore, then this one will also satisfy that itch.
Extraction 2 is the follow up to the 2020 movie, Extraction, which I recently reviewed. Compared to the first movie, Extraction 2 features a more brutal visual, as the fight scenes and gore have been turned up a notch. I also think Extraction 2 does better due to the better action, intriguing plot, and creative kills.
With the release of Extraction 2, it’s time for my follow up review to the first movie. If you haven’t seen the first movie, you should definitely check that out first too. If you have seen that movie, this review will cover my thoughts on Extraction 2, however, be aware that some spoilers to the plot will be imminent.
As with the first movie, Extraction 2 is a movie that is rated R. There is absolutely no way any young children should watch this movie. As mentioned before, Extraction 2 is more brutal compared to the first movie. In Extraction, most of the kills were basic gunshot wounds or getting thrown off places. In Extraction 2, things get a bit more intense. Most of the movie spends time in a prison, so most of the fights revolve around using everyday objects found within reach.
As you would expect, there was a lot of shanking and stabbing with prison-made shivs. That’s probably the tamest way people were killed in this movie. Alongside shivs, some characters were killed with beatings from shovels, and getting impaled with a pitchfork through the throat. Later on in the movie, the combat takes place in an apartment building. Some of my favourite, and more creative, kills were done using gym equipment. A leg press machine was used to crush someone, cables were used to strangle others, a person was thrown off a treadmill.
If the blood and gore from the first movie was pushing it, Extraction 2 has so much more gore to offer. Besides the creative kills, there was just more blood in general. If that’s something that bothers you, then you should stay away from this movie.Overall, I have to hand it to the creative department of the movie. The kills were varied and different. It kept the movie fresh, in a twisted way.
Now, besides the action and kills, another aspect that was enjoyable for this movie were the characters. First things first, I loved that we got to see more of Nik in action. Compared to the first movie, it was entertaining seeing how she was able to handle her own during most fights. In the first movie, I wished we could’ve seen her fight more. And in this movie, my wish was granted.
Besides Nik, the addition of Yaz, Nik’s brother, was a good addition. He was a welcome addition to the team, since he added a bit of humor and light to the gloomy combo of Tyler and Nik. I also loved the bond Nik and Yaz shared as siblings. From the way they acted together, I truly thought they were real siblings. Besides the good guy side, I have to say, the antagonists were fun too. The Nagazi were terrifying, due to their cult like following. Zurab, as the head of the group, definitely felt more threatening than the antagonists of Extraction. I think what helped in this case was that Zurab wasn’t afraid of getting his hands dirty. He was in the thick of things, and wasn’t hiding safe overseeing the conflict. The eventual conflict between Tyler and Zurab was brutal, and honestly, it was a fun fight.
Speaking of fights, once again, the fight choreography and action were spot on. The first part of the movie is spent in a prison break. The prison break scene definitely felt like a prison break. It was chaotic and brutal, which definitely set the mood. It also helped that the chaos lent to a great sense of suspense and tension. Capping it off with a train escape, it was magnificent.
Besides all the big crowd fights, the one-on-one fights were fun to watch too. When Tyler and Zurab fought, both rounds were entertaining. The first round was quite tame, since they were still fresh and were fighting to not fall off the apartment building. The second fight was brutal and more grounded. Every punch thrown, or object used, was animalistic and barbaric. It was fun seeing what the two would resort to using, as their energy and lifeforce dwindled.
The final thing to talk about has to be the plot and ending. Like the first movie, the plot is simple: get in, find people, get out. Unlike the first movie, this story did have a bit more nuance in it. The job Tyler takes is a more personal one, since the people he’s saving are his ex-wife’s sister and children. I think this more personal take did help with some of the character interactions, which kept the movie flowing smoothly. Once again though, the simple plot let the rest of the movie shine.
Now, if you read my previous review, you would know that I mentioned the ending of Extraction. There, I thought the silhouette at the end was Tyler. However, that time skip was 8 months. According to this movie, Tyler was in a coma for 9 months, so the math isn’t adding up. As such, I’m not exactly sure what the ending of Extraction means. There is a chance that since the producers didn’t know if there was another movie coming, it could just be a continuity error. Talking about things from the first movie, there are a few plot threads that didn’t get tied up from that movie. However, Extraction 2 does end on a slight cliffhanger. From the way things ended, it’s clear that Extraction isn’t over quite yet, and at least a third movie will be made.
Overall, Extraction 2 was another fun experience. If you’re into action movies and don’t mind blood and gore, then this one will also satisfy that itch. I personally liked this movie more due to the uniqueness of the kills and the more personal story. If you’ve seen the first movie, definitely give this one a shot.