Starring Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Extraction is a Netflix movie plotting the events that took place in a span of two days (and eight months) in India and a little bit in Australia. Here’s a brief overview of the movie.
Tyler (Chris Hemsworth) is a mercenary who has been recruited on a mission to rescue the teenage son of an Indian gangster, who’s in jail. The boy, Ovi, was kidnapped behind a club, after disobeying his uncle’s orders not to go anywhere after school. Tyler locates the boy and rescues him from the hands of some really bloodthirsty rascals. He’s on his way to the point of extraction but there’s trouble on board the boat serving as their getaway vehicle.
Ovi’s uncle, an ex-special forces soldier named Saju, who himself called on the extraction team to rescue the boy, double-crossed them by not making the due payment. He slaughters those on board the boat together with the sniper watching out for Tyler and the boy. There’s chaos looming as Amir, the rival gangster of Ovi’s dad, calls for a lockdown of Mumbai, the capital of India. Saju and the police get into hot pursuit of Tyler, which he escapes with the boy, but not without a brutal battle of bullets and fists.
Tyler is commanded to ditch the boy as the mission has been compromised. But he just wouldn’t! Through many fights, blood, sweat and tears, Tyler, Saju and Ovi got to safety at the bridge which was the opening scene for the movie. However, Saju gets sprayed with bullets and Tyler gets shot with one last bullet on his way to the chopper. He shuffles breathlessly to sit on the edge of the bridge, falling off and ending his painfully depressed life. Only Ovi remained alive- after all, he was the mission! He was taken aboard the chopper and returned to school like any normal boy.
8 months later, Neysa, the boss of the mercenary team, puts a bullet in Amir’s head, murdering him in cold blood.
Here are some interesting cues from the movie:
# Fight, even in your pain
Recently, I learnt something intriguing about the scorpion’s tenacity in Scorpion’s Revenge. How headstrong the scorpion is even in the face of imminent pressure and danger, is worth emulating. It still fights the opposition. It still perseveres despite the enormity of the enemy attacks.
Soldiers are amazingly rugged unrelenting fighters. Tyler was determined to fight his way through despite the pain he felt. Whether it was with a broken arm or a wounded limb, he kept fighting.
Reminds me of what Jesus said: “…be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life…He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.” (Revelation 2:10,11).
Paul charged young Timothy to “Fight the good fight of faith…” (1 Timothy 6:12).
# Some memories create the vision for your future
Tyler’s son died at the age of lymphoma at the age of 6. That must have been a very devastating event for him that led him on a spiral slide of depression. In the movie, he kept catching glimpses of his little son on a seashore, apparently playing with him.
I believe that memory created for him a vision of preserving the life of another man’s son. Truth is, Tyler had every reason to bolt when he found out that the mission had been compromised but he did not leave the boy behind. Rather, he went as far as working together with Saju, the traitor who had double-crossed Tyler’s team.
Sometimes, your worst pains (memories of them) can serve as the motivating force for you to make an impact in the lives of others that will make the world a better place. Whatever you have been through or are going through this moment is doubtless a learning curve which you should not despise at all. Learn all you can from it and when the opportunity presents itself, protect the life of that boy who could be another man’s son!
# Wits do not equal wisdom
I was really fascinated by the rooftop scene in which Amir’s right-hand man was trying to catch the culprit who had stolen Amir’s money. So, here are a group of teenagers, obviously homeless and ‘kubolor’ boys, who are terrified at what would happen to them next. The very first one was thrown off the roof. Now, this man was coming to get the next one to dispose him off, like he did the other. “Wait!” the eldest of the boys interjected. Then he went on to say that he knew who had stolen the money. When asked who it was, he said it was the boy who had been thrown off the roof.
Amir was impressed and commended the boy for his smartness. But as always, young people, especially teenagers, will always do something to prove how inexperienced and foolish they are. Later, he went with “his boys” to challenge Tyler with guns and machetes. They ended up “chopping dirty slaps” and nursing broken limbs.
Your smartness does not equal wisdom. Wisdom is a function of maturity and you must receive it from above both in training and impartation. Don’t assume that you are wise merely because of a few commendations from those you look up to. Be humble and learn.
# Sewers can be a temporary hiding place of relief
I can only imagine how that “gutter” as we call it in Ghana stank! Not just any gutter but a gutter in a market! 😷 But Tyler and Ovi had to literally sit in that stinking, rat-infested gutter in hiding and waiting for someone to pick them up. Mind you, Ovi was a rich boy who was accustomed to high living standards. But here he was, hiding in a stinking sewer because his life was all that mattered at that point! He didn’t think of staying in the open to breathe properly.
Sometimes, you may have to be in the sewer to survive for a season. Wait patiently and you will breathe properly soon enough!
# Wealth makes puppets of the mighty
A whole colonel was threatened with the cost of losing his finger, having been told to do the impossible: close down the city! Who was ordering? A wealthy gangster, of course!
If you submit to anybody to receive anything from them, you are likely their slave, and you’re likely going to have to do their bidding always.
At a latter scene, he was again taking orders to send in two units of soldiers to the bridge. He was not really acting in his own authority. He was now merely a pawn on the chessboard of dominion.
# One wrong friend can send you on a course of doom
As already noted, Ovi had been given firm instructions to not go anywhere after school. But then, here he was at the club as a teenager. Why? Because of the influence of one wrong friend. No wonder Paul says, “Be not deceived. Evil communications corrupt good manners.” (1 Corinthians 15:33). Can you imagine that after taking him to the club, his friend was also trying to lure him into smoking weed?! Insane, right? And that’s the point Ovi was kidnapped.
The scene in which Tyler’s friend wanted to trade Ovi for $ 10 million really taught me that indeed the love for money is the root of all evil. Hmmm! The height of wickedness! No wonder he died at the hands of the very person he was trying to sell off.
Choose your friends wisely. More importantly, choose your counsel wisely.
# One moment of disobedience can turn into two days of displeasure
Simple instruction: Don’t go anywhere after school. But Ovi would not listen! And that’s how come his uncle and Tyler had to pay the price of their lives for his extraction!