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

Martha Nambo

April 29, 2020

This movie was ass, fight me

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Justin M.

April 29, 2020

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.

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Agent SuperArgo

April 29, 2020

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.💪

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WillieSlackmer

April 29, 2020

In the book this movie is based on, he lives.

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II- Be off da Xzans-II

April 29, 2020

This is a great movie 🍿 🎥

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My Gaming Upload

April 29, 2020

A sequel will be impossible, a prequel will be feasible 🙂

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Chilled BoomBox

April 29, 2020

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

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Aljunaid Baunto

April 29, 2020

I really like Saju's role.

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Ameem Rashaad

April 29, 2020

Ovi is just seeing what he wants to see…Boom don't over complicate a meh story

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Lil Txfih

April 29, 2020

Why do u make a video explaining the movie if u dont know urself 🤦‍♂️ saju worked for the indian druglord

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Lawrence Coore

April 29, 2020

This movie was so good

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Chad Stone

April 29, 2020

This and final frontier are excellent Netflix movies

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vikram devaiah

April 29, 2020

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

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Ashish Vinodiya

April 29, 2020

Saju worked for Indian Boss named Mahajan, you got it wrong

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Rorschach Daws

April 29, 2020

What a movie Wow

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Thor’s #1 fan

April 29, 2020

Guy, did you even pay attention to the movie??!? 🙄

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Ucok Baba

April 29, 2020

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.

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Sergiu Salcudean

April 29, 2020

don t worry, the avengers are going to enter the Bangladeshi river and they gonna save the mighty Thor

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Dave

April 29, 2020

I didn’t even get to the end. It sucked so bad

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La Pasta

April 29, 2020

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🤷‍♂️

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Johnathan

April 29, 2020

There’s nothing to explain if you watched the movie

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Scannered X

April 29, 2020

The indian drug lord part of the movie is still unchecked

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Danial

April 29, 2020

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

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JT

April 29, 2020

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.

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navy Guy

April 29, 2020

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

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Ph@tMantv

April 29, 2020

Oh God, they're making a sequel aren't they?

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Eric Favors

April 29, 2020

New version of Man on Fire!!!! Both that and this movie was very good

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Sean Brown

April 29, 2020

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.

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Korn Flakes

April 29, 2020

There is no need for an explanation though. 🤷🏻‍♂️

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Izad Ali

April 29, 2020

How many of you just found out someone was standing there

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Asim Malik

April 29, 2020

Stupid ass movie, its evident that this guy hasn't watched the movie :d

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King Symba

April 29, 2020

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

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Sebastian Jose

April 29, 2020

Lol you explained it wrong

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Robert Gaines

April 29, 2020

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.

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Saad Surve

April 29, 2020

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

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Saad Surve

April 29, 2020

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

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Fish Gutz

April 29, 2020

Excellent movie. Ending is exactly that. Completed story line but just ambiguous enough for a sequel.

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Calum Shaw

April 29, 2020

My theory was that ovi drowned himself and him coming up for air was in the afterlife

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David king02

April 29, 2020

The ending was Ozis Dad or tyler?

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Jay Son

April 29, 2020

This is without a doubt one of THE BEST NETFLIX films.

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WUSTL7

April 29, 2020

Terrible movie. Just like 21 Bridges. The Russos suck without Marvel. There I said it. Also, Endgame sucked.

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Jay Son

April 29, 2020

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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