There are few performers on a film set who deserve more respect and recognition then that of the stunt person. By extension and also super deserving —and the people often behind some terrific action sequences or your favorite action movies—are stunt/action directors/stuntmen like Scott Waugh, Nash Edgerton, and David Leitch who have made major leaps from stunt coordinators to feature-length filmmakers, proving the wide range of skill stunt-people possess. One of the most prolific and astounding of stunt coordinators is Sam Hargrave, who is responsible for coordinating the stunts and fights of the recent “Avengers” and “Captain America” films, “Thor: Ragnorak,” “Deadpool 2,” and the wildly-impressive “Atomic Blonde.” Remember when everyone was astounded by the fact that television directors like The Russo Brothers could stage such elaborate and visceral fights in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”? Well, Hargrave was key. The Russo’s are now returning the favor, giving Hargrave his first chance at directing in the upcoming action-flick, “Extraction” set up at Netflix starring Thor himself Chris Hemsworth.
Here’s the official “Extraction” synopsis:
Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth) is a fearless black market mercenary who embarks on the deadliest mission of his career when he’s enlisted to rescue the kidnapped son of an international crime lord. Directed by Sam Hargrave, this action-packed, edge-of-your-seat thriller is produced by Joe and Anthony Russo, the visionary directors of Avengers: Endgame.
The story sounds fit for a Jason Statham thriller, but with the talent at hand, this film looks to be aiming much higher. Alongside Hemsworth are fine supporting players like “Stranger Things” star David Harbour, Derek Luke, and the stunning Golshifteh Farahani, all apart of a mixed cast of English and Indian roles.
This could be something of a passion project for the Russo’s, for Joe Russo is the sole screenwriter of the film, giving hope that there will be a sense of their signature substance beneath the expected and exciting delivery of action.
“Extraction” has been complete for sometime now and Netflix will finally release the film on April 24. Watch the first trailer below.