Extraction is a perfunctory and unspectacular action thriller that sees a young spy Kellan Lutz attempting to rescue his dad (Bruce Wills) from terrorists. Director Steven C. Miller tries to ape Tony Scott’s kinetic energy but he doesn’t quite have the chops or budget to make this spy game work.
You have to give credit to Kellan Lutz, who puts in a lot of effort in an attempt to raise this above its generic boundaries. The young Expendable has the physicality to make the role interesting but the script isn’t there. Along for the ride is fellow straight-to-DVD action star Gina Carano, who has made a solid career in this type of movie since her break-out in Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire. Bruce Willis turns-up (this his seventh movie for the Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films conveyerbelt) in an extended cameo that didn’t take too long to shoot. Willis is more engaged here than he was in the recent Vice, but that’s saying very little and it is yet another reminder of how his quality control system has broken down over the last decade.
Extraction is just too generic to make it stand-out from any other straight-to-DVD film that has hit the market in recent times. Miller’s film has an occasional glimmer of hope but this feels like a movie that was made just because someone had a few million dollars lying around and they decided to make use of some tax credit scheme to plug a gap in a release schedule. Audiences will show up to see Bruce Willis but he’s barely in this and he effectively bookends the movie with an extended cameo.
An action film which is as generic as its title, Extraction doesn’t offer anything new to the genre. Kellan Lutz works hard and an apathetic Bruce Willis appears for another easy payday but this will be forgotten as soon as the end credits roll.