|Genres:||Action, Thriller, Crime|
|Crew:||Production Design: Jerry Fleming | Sound Designer: Roland N. Thai | Producer: Randall Emmett | Screenplay: John Herzfeld | Director: John Herzfeld | Producer: Mark Canton | Script Supervisor: Jan McWilliams | Supervising Sound Editor: David Barber | Screenplay: Miles Chapman | Music: Víctor Reyes|
After security expert Ray Breslin is hired to rescue the kidnapped daughter of a Hong Kong tech mogul from a formidable Latvian prison, Breslin's girlfriend is also captured. Now he and his team must pull off a deadly rescue mission to confront their sadistic foe and save the hostages before time runs out.
At first I thought this was going to be one of those Chinese co-productions where everyone who's Chinese has superpowers, but then I realised that it was actually every man in the movie who has super powers. So, like, equality I guess, so long as you're a man. On that subject, is it just me or does it kind of suck that Jaime King's character gets taken down in the first act because of the romantic relationship she has with a man old enough to be her grandfather?
Either way, what's The Extractors got going on? Well, interestingly enough, the fights in this are actually better than the previous Escape Plan movie, despite that movie being entirely about fighting. I weirdly also kind of bought Devon Sawa (who I guess finally doesn't look like he's 17 anymore) as the villain of the piece. But it does feel distinctly as if it's two movies that got jammed together. Or maybe just one actual movie that had another plot jammed into it to accommodate the mandatory Chinese business concern storyline. Not sure that either one of these is the case, but it wouldn't surprise me if one was. Regardless, it's certainly how it feels. The Extractors has a lot of the problems of its predecessor, but it is ultimately a better movie, if not a very good one. It's a shame, the Escape Plan franchise started out... Well not "strong" exactly, but, promising I guess? And has really not lived up to what Schwarzenegger and Stallone could have done with this thing.
Final rating:★★½ - Had a lot that appealed to me, didn’t quite work as a whole.