Extraction's Ending Flawlessly Explained

May 2, 2020

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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  • Sequel will be there…

    Roopesh patel May 2, 2020 8:02 am Reply
  • Needs sequel…!!

    popo 890 May 2, 2020 8:02 am Reply
  • I'd rather see a prequel than a sequel tbh.

    Matt Phillips May 2, 2020 8:02 am Reply
  • So basically is the director trying to please the scream test viewers.. Oh, is a tie, 50/50.. Ok, lets do a vague both ending possibilites final scene… A story should develop itself instead of being ruined by what the average joe enjoy

    Marcos Rivas May 2, 2020 8:02 am Reply
  • It was a very typical, generic action movie lol. Instead of it being set in US/Mexico, it was set in India/Bangladesh. The explanation for the ending just shows the director is weak and indecisive.

    Chooey Sooares May 2, 2020 8:02 am Reply
  • Saw it…its a must see movie

    3v4761 May 2, 2020 8:02 am Reply
  • Prequel yeah, sequel…nah. Dude died on the bridge.

    Misa H May 2, 2020 8:02 am Reply
  • prequel sequel both needed😋

    Wasim Akram May 2, 2020 8:02 am Reply
  • You forgot the ending scene where the boy who shot Thor went to see the river down the bridge. He may have saved him?

    Toxic Gaming May 2, 2020 8:02 am Reply
  • Sounds like a knock off punisher

    Sgt R May 2, 2020 8:02 am Reply
  • Great until the cheesy ending in my opinion

    Casey Senethavilay May 2, 2020 8:02 am Reply
  • You got confused with the names.

    Jivendra Singh May 2, 2020 8:02 am Reply
  • Firstly, it was an Indian drug lord's son that was kidnapped by the bangladesi kingpin.

    Jivendra Singh May 2, 2020 8:02 am Reply
  • Without hammer & storm breaker, he did played well

    Chris May 2, 2020 8:02 am Reply
  • May you all burn burn burn

    Matthew Haskins May 2, 2020 8:02 am Reply

    sandra mccrary May 2, 2020 8:02 am Reply
  • from India most of us like to see to see Randeep Hodda which is more known as playboy of Bollywood if the series will continue

    turban bose May 2, 2020 8:02 am Reply
  • I'm really not sure how the ending was explained "flawlessly". This explanation is consistent with pretty much everybody's explanation!! Speaking of flaws… 0:49 – Saju is not in the employ of the Bangladeshi drug lord. He is actually the henchman of the Indian drug lord who is incarcerated. And it's not his wrath which is unleashed. Ovi's dad cannot afford the merc services and threatens to kill Sajus son if he doesn't rescue Ovi. So saju had the mercs extract ovi from Asif and wanted to intercept the handoff.

    Rishab Mukherjee May 2, 2020 8:02 am Reply
  • Tyler Rake reminds me of Frank Castle.

    Spartan Joe May 2, 2020 8:02 am Reply
  • Great Movie, definitely my favourite Netflix Movie to date. Amazing performance from Chris and Hooda, And the ending was well thought out. A little supm for everyone a guess🤷‍♂️. A prequel would be nice though since we all kinda know this dude is definitely dead 😅

    ricardo james May 2, 2020 8:02 am Reply
  • The plot summation sounds a lot like Man on Fire.

    Arthur Ford May 2, 2020 8:02 am Reply
  • We need a sequel!! Fantastic movie!!

    chris settles May 2, 2020 8:02 am Reply
  • Saju is not on Bangladeshi drug lords side , he was there to steal the kid from Chris he wanted Chris to do the heavy lifting to get the kid

    ChALu BrOz May 2, 2020 8:02 am Reply
  • Didn't have high expectations but I was pleasantly surprised. Action scenes were pretty good with not too much of shaky cam, there's a one sequence action scene in there too. Pretty cool overall !

    TheBMallory May 2, 2020 8:02 am Reply
  • Chris Hemsworth should be the next James Bond

    Wayne Edwards May 2, 2020 8:02 am Reply
  • What was Tyler carrying in the bag on the bridge? Seems stupid to carry something heavy in a situation like that

    TheBardeng May 2, 2020 8:02 am Reply
  • I think if there will b sequel.. this will be the story
    Tyler is alive the kid who shot him at the last will help him to get out of the river as we saw grief on that boy’s facr at last shot of him.. he will save him
    And as they showed us tyler can stay very long under the water so i am sure he is alive …he jumped from the bridge so he dont get shot in the head and die

    Hit like if u agree

    Crime Gaming May 2, 2020 8:02 am Reply
  • Just seen the film and it's brilliant

    Yisrael Yenkinz May 2, 2020 8:02 am Reply
  • What pissed me off is not that he died but he died to the dumb kid who wanted to kill him.

    Jelow May 2, 2020 8:02 am Reply
  • He narrated the story wrong…saju was working for india's drug lord who was currently in jail for charges.

    shubham choudhary May 2, 2020 8:02 am Reply
  • imagine
    -God of thunder
    -Getting face off with thanos
    -Has a home called Asguard
    -And just killed in Bangladesh by some young child

    DEAD BANÆNÆ May 2, 2020 8:02 am Reply

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