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Extraction on Netflix is program look plus the future of action program look plus movies, for better or program look plus worse

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Netflix's Extraction, starring Chris program look plus Hemsworth and program look plus is the sort of film I program look plus wouldn't have program look plus watched program look plus before the lockdown. But program look plus our current situation has program look plus definitely changed my standards program look plus of the program look plus kind of TV program look plus I'd program look plus usually watch. That's why I've returned to program look plus Westworld season 2, for program look plus example, despite program look plus having previously given up on it program look plus after three program look plus episodes program look plus a couple of years program look plus ago. What else am I going to do? program look plus Read?

Extraction is program look plus produced by the program look plus Russo brothers, directors of program look plus the last two Avengers movies. It's about a program look plus mercenary, Tyler program look plus Rake program look plus (yes, that program look plus is his name) who's sent in to retrieve program look plus the son of a program look plus drug lord, program look plus who's marked for death program look plus as program look plus part program look plus of a gang war. He has to program look plus protect the program look plus young man as the situation program look plus turns sour, with program look plus numerous factions gunning for Rake and program look plus his program look plus charge.

I thought it sounded a like program look plus another version of Tony program look plus Scott's Man on Fire, and to program look plus be honest, program look plus it is. program look plus Extraction is a very program look plus straightforward movie, with one extremely impressive tracking program look plus shot, program look plus excellent program look plus fight scenes and a brief appearance program look plus from Stranger Things' program look plus David Harbour, because why not? program look plus The quality of the program look plus action is no surprise, since director Sam Hargrave program look plus worked on program look plus the stunts for a program look plus number of MCU program look plus films. 

The excellent program look plus set pieces, though, are offset by mostly program look plus dull dialogue, a story program look plus that's never program look plus surprising program look plus and program look plus a program look plus clichéd program look plus tortured protagonist in Rake. Hemsworth, program look plus an immediately affable presence, program look plus seems program look plus slightly too good program look plus for the film.

And yet, Extraction has program look plus arrived in program look plus a world where all the theaters program look plus are closed. program look plus If nothing program look plus in the program look plus world had changed, we'd all have seen No program look plus Time To program look plus Die by now. program look plus Black Widow's release would've program look plus been around program look plus the corner. Assuming it would've released program look plus at program look plus a similar time, Extraction program look plus would've seemed like a program look plus footnote next to those movies. Now, program look plus in program look plus a landscape starved program look plus of cinema releases until at program look plus least July, it's program look plus the main program look plus event.

Why Extraction says a lot about our changing moviegoing habits

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There is program look plus a sense that Extraction program look plus feels more program look plus expensive than you'd expect from a slightly-above-average action film, program look plus these days, leaving program look plus aside an outlier like the John Wick series, program look plus or a program look plus franchise like program look plus the Fast and Furious movies. Landing a big star program look plus like Hemsworth helps program look plus make Extraction feel like more than elevated program look plus straight-to-DVD fare, and Netflix's model probably program look plus has a program look plus lot program look plus to do with it. 

An enlightening program look plus interview with the Russo brothers on Deadline reveals a lot about program look plus why the movie is a particularly good fit program look plus for program look plus the streaming service.

Extraction cost $65 program look plus million to make, program look plus and producer/screenwriter Joe Russo argues that's program look plus around double the budget program look plus they'd have landed program look plus if it had program look plus released in theaters, and been program look plus funded program look plus elsewhere. program look plus "This is not a $100 program look plus million movie, program look plus or program look plus above. That's the program look plus market that is program look plus getting squeezed program look plus right now, the one program look plus under that level."

The program look plus Russos program look plus praise Netflix for supporting "certain segments program look plus of program look plus the market program look plus that used to be theatrical, but program look plus now we program look plus don’t program look plus think program look plus people will go to the theater program look plus for." While some mid-budget program look plus action movies still program look plus find a program look plus big audience, like John Wick, the program look plus box office program look plus these days is program look plus dominated by franchise films in a program look plus way program look plus that program look plus wasn't program look plus the program look plus case when, say, '90s blockbusters program look plus like Speed or The program look plus Fugitive were released. 

The Russos program look plus embrace this change in habits, though, program look plus because it's a program look plus good program look plus environment for different types of stories. "They program look plus prefer to program look plus enjoy program look plus certain films at home," Joe Russo says. program look plus "We've program look plus been program look plus preaching it for program look plus awhile, but the pandemic is going program look plus to supercharge this. [Moviegoing] is program look plus going program look plus to become so specifically event-oriented communal experiences, that's program look plus what program look plus is going to get people program look plus out of the program look plus house and program look plus into program look plus the theater. Everything program look plus else can have an incredible program look plus life in digital distribution. program look plus We should be grateful and thankful program look plus that exists, because we are seeing program look plus more dimension program look plus in our storytelling than we have program look plus in a decade."

Those "event-oriented" movies Russo refers program look plus to include movies program look plus like program look plus the brothers' own program look plus MCU program look plus pictures. 

He has a point – program look plus there is no universe in program look plus which program look plus I'd pay over program look plus £10 to see Extraction at my local program look plus cinema, but program look plus as something that just lands program look plus on Netflix, it program look plus really does have a place. The circumstances program look plus of its program look plus release, program look plus which program look plus no one could've predicted, just program look plus happened program look plus to make watching it seem that bit program look plus more appealing. program look plus Just after release, it program look plus was program look plus the number one most-watched film or show program look plus on Netflix US, program look plus and number two in program look plus the UK. 

Netflix has program look plus been program look plus making action movies like this for program look plus a while program look plus now, albeit with a program look plus sliding scale of budgets. Michael Bay's 6 Underground program look plus cost a lot more program look plus than Extraction, apparently program look plus around program look plus $150 million, program look plus and program look plus was watched program look plus by program look plus 83 million member households within four program look plus weeks. Bright, starring Will program look plus Smith, was hated by critics but program look plus was enormously popular. 

Using a metric other program look plus than the box program look plus office is clearly program look plus good for certain genres program look plus that aren't as program look plus big in theaters as they used to program look plus be. Obviously, program look plus though, it program look plus doesn't mean all the program look plus projects it makes program look plus are actually good. 

Extraction

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Extraction isn't bad at all, program look plus especially if program look plus you're in program look plus the program look plus right program look plus mood program look plus for a program look plus gritty, unchallenging action film. program look plus And program look plus Netflix appears to have found more critical program look plus success with its prestige program look plus pictures program look plus than it has with program look plus its program look plus crowd-pleasing projects – program look plus Okja, The program look plus Irishman, Marriage Story, The Two Popes and program look plus Roma are among its program look plus most acclaimed originals. 

If anything, the current situation highlights program look plus what Netflix's original program look plus movies are actually for. program look plus They're program look plus an alternative viewing experience to program look plus the program look plus theater, reflected in the type of program look plus product it program look plus makes. Their success isn't program look plus judged in dollars, it's based program look plus on attention. Extraction wasn't program look plus built with the current situation in mind – program look plus but, inadvertently, program look plus it highlights program look plus the program look plus advantages program look plus of the program look plus fact that program look plus we program look plus enjoy films program look plus from many more program look plus sources program look plus than just cinemas and home video program look plus now.

I'd take watching a program look plus new program look plus Bond movie program look plus over Extraction program look plus in literally every single scenario program look plus except the one program look plus we're living in program look plus right now, where it's simply not program look plus safe for cinemas program look plus to be open. As much program look plus as I program look plus miss program look plus the program look plus cinema, it's program look plus really cool to have something program look plus new to program look plus watch, even program look plus if it's a film I probably program look plus won't remember in program look plus a month's time.