Chris Hemsworth gets a chance to stretch his acting chops as a hardened mercenary hired to rescue the kidnapped son of a crime lord in Mumbai, India, in Extraction, a new original action thriller from Netflix. The film is produced by the Russo Brothers (Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: End Game), which is probably how the film snagged Thor himself as the star. (We can probably thank Netflix for Stranger Things' David Harbour's cameo appearance.)
(Some spoilers below, but no major reveals.)
Joe Russo penned the script, and the duo tapped stunt coordinator Sam Hargrave to make his directorial debut. Hargrave's stunt work has been featured in several MCU films (Captain America: Civil War, Thor: Ragnarok, for example), as well as The Hunger Games franchise and Atomic Blonde.
The official premise is short and sweet: "Tyler Rake (Hemsworth) is a fearless black market mercenary who embarks on the deadliest mission of his career when hes enlisted to rescue the kidnapped son of an international crime lord."
Compounding matters is the fact that Rake has lost his own son and is dealing with the grief and depression one might expect from such a tragedy—namely, by drinking heavily, popping lots of oxycontin, and taking crazy stupid risks. "You're hoping if you spin the chamber enough times, you'll catch a bullet," his perceptive fellow merc and partner, Nik Khan (Golshifteh Farahani) tells him.
The extraction of the kidnapped Ovi (played by newcomer Rudraksh Jaiswal), proves significantly more difficult than originally anticipated. Ovi's father is currently in prison, with his financial assets frozen. So when henchmen of Bangladeshi drug lord Amir Asif (Priyanshu Painyuli) kidnap Ovi, he can neither pay the ransom, nor the fee for hiring Tyler, Nik, and their crew. Instead, the crime lord's top aide, Saju (Randeep Hooda), tries to take Ovi back after Tyler completes the initial rescue to avoid paying him for the job.
Soon Asif has shut down the entire city of Dhaka to prevent Ovi's escape. In addition to the drug lord's forces, Tyler must battle local police and military forces in league with Asif to get Ovi across a bridge to (relative) safety. The odds are heavily against them. "That kid is a walking corpse," Harbour's Gaspar, a former teammate of Tyler's now living in Dhaka, tells him. "And there's no way to protect him. The best thing you could do for that kid would be to put a bullet in his brain."