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Netflix’s latest original feature, starring Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth, alongside Bollywood sensation Randeep Hooda, is about as high-octane a thriller as any action fan could hope for. Through all the captivating action sequences and frenetic fight scenes, Extraction actually manages to tell a pretty complex story with an ambiguous ending that has fans abuzz with theories.

Extraction follows protagonist Tyler Rake, a former member of the Australian Special Air Service Regiment now working as an off-the-books mercenary. At the film’s outset, he’s engaged by fellow killer-for-hire Nik Khan to rescue the son of India’s leading drug kingpin, who is currently being held for an exorbitant ransom by rival Bangladeshi drug lord Amir Asif.

A hiccup during Rake’s attempted “extraction” of his target brings down the wrath of Saju, another former special operative currently in the employ of the Bangladeshi drug lord. Rake and Saju engage in a complex game of cat and mouse…

But they ultimately end up working together to outwit the authorities on their tails.

As far as action-thriller set-ups go, it’s about as compelling as they come, but viewers hoping for a clear-cut resolution that sees charismatic anti-hero Rake victoriously walking away from an explosion in slow motion were left with a real head scratcher. Let’s break Extraction’s ambiguous ending down with a little help from the film’s director, Sam Hargrave.

At the beginning of the film, shark-eyed mercenary Tyler Rake has an obvious death wish. His ambivalence toward his own continued survival is a big part of what makes him such a deadly merc. We learn that much of Rake’s nihilism stems from the death of his son, a loss that still haunts him.

It’s his relationship with Ovi, his target for extraction, that ultimately saves Rake from himself. As Rake begins to form a bond with Ovi, he no longer sees the drug heir as a simple job, but rather a kid whose life has become more important than his own.

By the time the film reaches its climactic shootout on the bridge, Rake takes a mortal wound to ensure Ovi’s safe escape. This emotional beat lands because we actually believe that Rake no longer wants to die, but has chosen to give up his life to save Ovi’s. So Rake gets to go to his grave feeling like he redeemed his soul, while Ovi lives to fight another day. Satisfying ending, right?

Not so fast.

After Ovi’s daring escape, the film presents a very unexpected coda. In the final moments of Extraction, Ovi jumps into a peaceful swimming pool, a mirror image of Rake’s first scene jumping off a cliff. When he comes up for air, he sees a blurry figure standing in the background who bears a striking resemblance to Rake, but the film ends before we get any actual confirmation. So, what gives?

As it turns out, Extraction’s final moments were left open to interpretation by design. Hargrave weighed in on the mystery surrounding this final scene. He told Collider:

“We had a version of the movie, and we tested it a lot, and it was not surprising that a lot of people wanted the character to live, and some people wanted him to die…If people on one hand feel like the story is complete and is a story of redemption through sacrifice, then for them, it’ll be where the kid is imagining [Rake standing there], and then now you go, ‘Yes, I’m satisfied.'”

Hargrave went on to explain, quote, “If you feel like you love Tyler Rake, and you love Chris Hemsworth, and you want a sequel, and you’re like ‘There’s no way, you can’t kill him!’ then that’s Tyler Rake standing there looking at you. So we kind of purposefully did not pull focus to the character standing there.”

For fans looking for a little more closure, Hargrave shared that the original screenplay for Extraction included a much more definitive ending. In screenwriter Joe Russo’s intended story, Tyler Rake very explicitly dies on the bridge, completing the character arc he started when he dove off that cliff in the initial scene. Hargrave told Collider that the test audiences weren’t crazy about the sacrifice, however.

He dished:

“People were torn; it was almost down the middle. We want to appeal to as many people as possible without compromising the integrity of the story. And so, we think a pretty good compromise is to make an ambiguous ending.”

Hargrave ultimately admitted that he prefers to imagine that Rake is dead by the film’s conclusion, claiming that he felt as though Rake had redeemed himself through sacrifice. For fans in desperate need of finality, that’s probably the best you’re going to get. The rest of us will have to learn to live with the ambiguity, at least until we get an Extraction 2. Watch the video to have Extraction’s Ending Flawlessly Explained!

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44 thoughts on “Extraction's Ending Flawlessly Explained

  1. I liked the more ambiguous ending. Feeds the imagination more on the viewer watching the movie. I liked the movie as it was a bit of a mix of a foreign film and pure Western action movie. It had good pace as well and didn't slow down and was intriguing to watch. Good to see Chris H. play more than the comedy relief or super hero. He did a great job as the protagonist and damaged hero.

  2. They should make Extraction 2,3,4 and so on. I would love to see Ovi grow up to be a Ex special forces and team up with Rake in one of their expeditions or maybe to see Ovi up against Rake for a final takedown as Ovi became the very same person like his dad!

  3. 00:51 Saju works for the Indian drug lord , Ovi Mahajan seniors ( father now in jail) . Saju gives the contract to Nik Khan to rescue his boses's son (Ovi Mahajan junior) , and double crosses them ( Nik Khan and his team to save money )

  4. cant believe looper is getting the facts wrong. saju working fr amir,, seriously u understood that after watching the whole movie?? now how can u make videos explaining the ending when u didnt understand the reason fr half of so much violence in the movie? pathetic looper.

  5. I think he is still alive because he had blurry visions of his son but at the end he had a clear vision,so he had a hope to live and ovie also said that you drown in the water by staying in it.Tyler didn't and wter heals wounds so he is alive

  6. OK. Not sure if anybody is aware but this movie was from a graphic novel called 'Ciudad' by Ande Parks together with the Russo brothers who also made the film. It didn't do well in the reviews citing that it sounded like a script for an action movie and some even making predictions that it will be back in 2014 when it was released. So fast forward 6 yrs later and we have a movie except the country was changed to Bangladesh instead of Paraguay (I'm guessing budget reasons). This is why the storyline about drug cartels sounded unusual for a story in South Asia (not that it isn't possible). Anyways just thought it was fun fact to share. 🙂

  7. 🔥🔥🔥when he does that standing Kimura into judo body flip that guy straight on his head for the neck break i was like damn.

  8. I enjoyed this movie. It was like a re-imagining of 'man on fire'. With an ending that tries to make sure both metaphorical teams that showed up got a trophy. Cuz, no one should have hurt feelings.

  9. If anyone watching this movie and thought that Bangladesh is like that you will be disappointed. Bangladesh has strong military force . Bangladeshi law infocement force Police and RAB (Rapid action battalion) is catch you even can croosfire you before you kill one of them.

  10. stretching it here but what about a trilogy? extraction 2 ( a prequel) extrac3 ties up loose ends? But if Thor dies in or(flash point Thomas W. Batman). The scene when Tyler fights the kidnappers reminded me of BVS batfleck kicking ass in the warehouse to save Martha.

  11. Great movie. Kind of like a mix between Rambo and John Wick. One of my thoughts about the ending was that the boy, distraught about Rake's death, drowned himself in the pool, and when he comes up, he's actually in Heaven/afterlife, reuniting with Rake.

  12. Since this movie has ranked #1 in the US for Netflix they will definitely create a sequel possibly even going into rake’s past.

  13. Saju was working for the kid's father and he was x Indian army soldier. Saju and Indian drug lord didn't had the money to pay for the extraction that's why he came to take the kid from rake by force.

  14. My take on the ending is that Rake actually did survive. After 8 months of time skip, Ovi dropping into a pool and submerging for a while a coincendental action somewhat similar to Rake's habit? I think not. He obviously got it from someone who does it usually and that my friends no other than Rake.

  15. The ending was not that confusing that it needed an explanation, if you don't even understand that much then you must be a kid.

  16. In the hurry of releasing an explanatory video I guess you didn't watch the movie properly. Saju didn't work for the Bangladeshi drug lord, he was just trying to double cross the party whom he hired to rescue the boy.
    Didn't expect this blunder from you guys.

  17. Flawlessly explained? You guys made a mistake in the first minute! Saju is employed by the indian drug lord!

  18. Thor is Alice the kid sees him when he gets up from the pool and if you know in real life when a dead body is dead it floats in water

  19. Before making any review just watch it carefully thrice, for your kind information saju was'nt working for the bangladeshi drug mafia, he was a partner of indian counterpart. he too had been there to extract the kid.

  20. Liked this film but can't understand why the heli could not cross a river or why they just didn't swim or take small boat across the river would saved a huge gun fight 😂

  21. His image at the end portrays his visions of his son when close to death. He is the kids vision as he sits at the bottom of the pool

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