Extraction (II) (2013)
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The tone of the film starts out serious, but ever so naturally, the film lightens its mood and becomes wonderfully comedic. It, however, never strays from the action nor does it forget it's plot. Some nice story twists and turns keep you guessing.
I gave it 9 out of 10. Very fun solid piece. The first film I ever watched on Crackle. I'll watch more from now on. I'll also be on the lookout for more Foo and Hentschel.
Storyline: So this team of soldiers go on a mission to extract a prisoner out of a Chechin prison. But the guards 'somehow' know their every move and thus, intercept & terminate all but one of the team. His name is 'Mercy', and even though he was rather aptly named, as is evident in the beginning of the flick (and somewhere's in the middle), he shows you no mercy unless you deserve it. Pretty gory kill-scenes #youHaveBeenWarned
The lead actors all did well. The fights were pretty good. The high profile fights were well done and realistic.
The film was perhaps weakest in the quality of the lower actors and the extras, who basically lacked polish.
All that said, I believe this to be a worthwhile film to watch, not really child friendly, due to some of the level of details in the fights, drug reference and language.
I loved the story. I think the writer did a great job. The movie moved at a great clip and even with commercials the pacing never slowed down. I was pleasantly surprised and shocked at where some of the twists went. Never saw Sean Astin or Joanne Kelly's characters going there. There were so many great lines. And just naming your main hero "Mercy" was brilliant.
The action was fun and wild. Great fight scenes shot in a way you could see what was happening. None of that stupid BOURNE SUPREMACY mad camera. Kudos to Director for that. So many times you try and watch action movies and you haven't a clue what's going on or who is hitting who.
If you like action films, you'll like this. And it's free.
It starts off pretty good. There's a guy chased out of a brothel. He's jumping, climbing, fighting. There is some pretty cool moves, and you'd think this guy is the lead. No!! He's a nameless bad guy. They keep him for one more scene where he gives up some intel and he's gone.
Mercy Callo (Jon Foo) is actually the lead, and he took down the guy. If he's the lead, why not put the POV on him. This is especially important since Jon Foo isn't known. It is basic directing 101. It's one of the problems from writer/director Tony Giglio.
The intel leads to the coveted "Brains of Terrorism" Martin who's imprisoned in a Chechen underground prison. The Chechens want him dead for past double dealing, so the US sends in a Black Ops group to extract him. The problem is they were expected by Ivan Rudovsky (Vinnie Jones).
The camera moves are weak although he does try. The dialog is stiff. Even when the opportunity comes like Joanne Kelly bouncing into the first meeting, he doesn't take full advantage. This is definitely a weak job.
There are some pretty good actors such as Sean Astin, Joanne Kelly, and Danny Glover. But they're back at home base going thru a weak secondary story that does little more than suck away screen time.
Jon Foo is doing some good fighting, but that's all he has to offer. One fight in particular is pretty cool, although he never goes toe to toe with Vinnie Jones. When you pit somebody against Vinnie, you've got to let him take a swing. And shooting doesn't count.
The writing is not tight. In one line we are told the Chechens won't admit they are holding Martin, then shortly after that they claim they plan a public trial with their most famous prisoner. The dialogue is a snooze and the terrorist justification speech was amateur.
The film has a few good scenes and a lot of bad ones. There is an opening sex/nudity scene in an Amsterdam brothel and then after that the film seemed to have been made for TV with nice commercial break stopping points. The soundtrack also had a few good swagger tunes, but for the most part was made for TV lame.
The movie has action, fight scenes, and some minor blood. The major fighters can take at least 3 kicks to the head .
This is a low end action-thriller.
I was please that the language was respectful (probably a result of future TV airing) of potential small fry viewers.
As for the plot, well not insane or anything and not, well I will let you decide that.
Right now it's a 5.2 rating, I think that's right on the money.
The opening seen has a guy in a brothel with a hooker on him and that's it for any nudity waste up in the very dark room 10 seconds probably. I would rate it a very weak PG-13 otherwise.
Saturday afternoon, cheap theater
The film stars Jon Foo as Mercy Callo, a member of a black-ops team who moves in on a brothel to catch a wanted suspect holding a mysterious flash drive. Mercy captures the target, but hesitates to follow orders to terminate him when he is convinced his captive knows more than what flash drive holds.
"EXTRACTION" goes on to follow Mercy as the only survivor of a botched prisoner extraction mission. To save the lives of thousands of innocent civilians, he has to catch a terrorist arms-dealer with the help of a criminal—who may have information about a pending large-scale attack.
It's "The Raid" meets "24" and totally feels like a made for TV action thriller; "Extraction" has quasi-entertaining fight scenes and a plot that's been regurgitated time and time again. "Extraction" marks the first feature film by the website Crackle and the film is written and directed by Tony Giglio (Chaos).
In all honesty, despite the film's formulaic alignment with select contained-action classics, the film is a huge disappointment for any hardcore fans of Jon Foo who are used to seeing more lively work illustrated previously in films like "House Of Fury" and "Tom Yum Goong". The stunt coordination by seasoned veteran stuntman, actor and action director James Lew and co-fight choreographer Lin Oeding was pretty lame while watching both Foo and Hentschel trading blows with the film's screenfighting extras. But it's only at the biggest fight scene at the cusp of the film's third act between Foo, and actor Paul Duke, where Foo gets to flex his muscles a little more, but only a little.
All in all, "Extraction" isn't Jon Foo's best work. Some of the action seems to play it safe, and isn't really worthy of viewing if you're a Jon Foo fan or an action movie fan in general. Even worse, the film sets itself up for a possible sequel. At any rate, the film can be seen for free viewing at Crackle's official website.
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