Extraction's Ending Flawlessly Explained

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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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42 COMMENTS

  1. I really enjoyed the movie!!! All characters were developed enough for the story and the actors did a great job. Hemsworth did a fantastic job in the acting as well as the physicality and dynamic violence his character required. He was very believable as an ex-SpecOp….not the hyper fantasy of a John Wick..which I also enjoy.
    I understand the vagueness the director left at the end of the movie, but I want Rake to survive and would love to see Hemsworth continue with the character. The other actor that was his nemesis did a fantastic job too and I would watch him in any new movies as well.

  2. Randeep Hooda was excellent along with Chris Hemsworth in this movie…man did these two put in some solid work to bring this chaotic action to life.💪

  3. Wouldn't it be amazing if he turned lightning blue when shot in the neck and burn the whole bridge down with his stormbreaker✌

  4. The fight scene between the indian mercenary Randeep Hooda and the Australian mercenary Chris Hemsworth was legendary !!! I really wanted Sanju to live !

  5. Ovi is suicidal and killed himself in the pool by staying submerged/ drowning himself. Him resurface is an afterlife of him seeing deceased tyler rake… The end.

  6. First of all for him to survive you needed somebody to dive for him then do surgery on him in short period of time Who did It? His only friend in the country turned on him and his team jumped on the chopper so there's a lot holes to fill in if he is alive if he isnt the second movie could be a prequel his deathwish attitude is interesting I believe at the end the kid is just imagining him just as he did have flashbacks of his son🤷‍♂️

  7. Can some vfx artist edit in thunder striking Tyler on the bridge just before he dies and switch the scene to Chris Hemsworth as Thor with full costume? That'll be sick

  8. I was blown away from this movie as i was with 1st john wick. The action, choreography, and realism in the moment was just awesome. Chris's performance was just outstanding. The other action performance from Raju character was an awesome surprise.

  9. That was like the shittest piece of shit movie couldn't make it to the end, that fool needs to stick to fake superhero movies coz he cant act for shit

  10. What makes it strange is that ovi jumped in the pool just like tyler did on the cliff. There was no time for tyler to tell or show ovi cliff diving while they were running for their lives so why would he do something like that. Plus after tyler gets shot no body was shown. Honestly whatever the case it was a great movie.

  11. Am I the only one in the world who seen the movie and couldn't stop thinking of how similar it was to Denzel Washington's "man on fire"? Even down to the ending. Lol. It's the same damn movie. Lol

  12. Can you imagine being a talented screenwriter or director only to have a "test audience" guide your film? Sure they might not affect the whole thing but deciding how it ends is handing a lot of power over to a 3rd party.

  13. killing randeep hooda's character was d biggest mistake of this movie……
    could have used him in (potential) sequels..

  14. did u even see the movie or was just handed d script to read out…..
    saju was not working for bangladeshi drug lord……

  15. This was an excellent action movie with great set pieces. It had a simple story and delivered exactly what it set out to do which was to entertain and satisfy action junkies instead of fail like most other crap out there. Solid film! Go watch now

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