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Extraction's Body Count Was So Big The Russo Brothers Couldn't Keep Track

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Extraction's Body Count Was So Big The Russo Brothers Couldn't Keep Track

New action thriller Extraction is on Netflix, and if you've watched it, you'll be aware that the show's death toll is relentless - in fact, the body count reaches triple digits.

It sees Avengers: Endgame directors the Russo brothers joining forces once again, with Joe Russo writing, and both of them producing the film.

Joe Russo has revealed the thought process behind the gruesome violence and the extravagant number of kills, which has been described as more like a PS4 game than a movie by one critic.

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Speaking to CinemaBlend's podcast, Russo said: "For us, it's certainly a hyper-adrenalised story. And that's what we liked. We wanted something super aggressive. It's about a corrupt patriarchy and this damaged character.

"And so we really wanted to put him in a pressure cooker, an intense situation and a heightened level of action. Everyone keeps track [of a movie's body count]. I think there was something called The Carnage Document that they would [use to] keep track of everything that happened in the film.

"I can't remember who was keeping track of it, or where it went, but I know it came across in my emails at one point."

Credit: Netflix
Credit: Netflix
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So there you go, they literally just wanted loads of death in it. You can't really argue with that.

Extraction follows mercenary Tyler Rake (played by Thor star Chris Hemsworth) on a mission to rescue the kidnapped son of an imprisoned international crime lord.

The film sees Hemsworth team up once again with Joe and Anthony Russo, following the Avengers series, and also features David Harbour of Stranger Things fame.

The film's initial reception was positive:

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In the interest of balance though, it's worth pointing out that reviews from critics haven't been quite so universally positive.

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A review in Gamespot summarises the critical reception pretty well.

It reads: "With its comfortable formula and lavish action sequences, Extraction is another high-profile but ultimately average Netflix movie, notable more for the big-name stars than its overall quality (see also the recent 6 Underground and Spencer Confidential). But with zero competition in theatres from better movies, it should satisfy those looking for glossy thrills."

The general consensus here seems to be that if you want an entertaining action movie, that's exactly what you'll get.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: Chris Hemsworth, TV and Film, Netflix

Amelia Ward
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