Action movies are a dime a dozen now days, but that doesn’t mean that some of them may not having something to offer even when coming straight to DVD and Blu-ray. The latest, Extraction features a good cast including Bruce Willis, Kellan Lutz, Gina Carano, and D.B. Sweeney, but does it have anything that helps it stand out or will it be a mission that isn’t worth finishing?
Extraction follows Harry Turner who works for the CIA like his father Leonard. He wants to do fieldwork but he’s constantly being denied, but when he receives word that his father and a piece of hardware disappears he sets out on a mission to find them despite being told not to. Now the another agent who just happens to be his ex is dispatched to find the hardware and Harry’s father as well as Harry to get him out of the field, but can she get to any of them in time? This is yet another straight to home entertainment release that doesn’t offer up anything you haven’t seen a hundred times over, but it does have some appeal. The cast all do a decent enough job with everyone being used effectively for the story they are telling. Willis once again feels like he is just going through the motions here, but does have a couple of moments that feel like the old Bruce only to quickly fade away. The real focus here is Kellan Lutz, who does have the ability to carry the film and does fine job with the role despite it being pretty generic. Gina Carano has been churning out the roles as of late with her most noted as of late appearing in the box office master Deadpool. With her last couple of films she is nothing more than a glorified cameo, but here she is given a little bit to do and is part of the main story. Whether by design or her own choice of career direction it is a bit irritating to see her involvement and not fully utilizing her fighting skills to amp up the quality of the action. Here they give her some minor fighting so it’s better than nothing, but still not up to what she really deserves.
The story is fairly simple, but is kind of all over the place at times. They tried to blend in the personal situation with the mystery and it just all feels too forced and predictable. Had they just allowed it to be the son saving the father along with the terrorist plot it might have felt more cohesive, but their attempt at the plot twist kind of falls flat. In the end its not anything that will stand out as a turning point in the action genre, but it is worth a rental if you are a fan of anyone involved.