Netflix’s action film, Extraction, tells the story of Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth), a black market mercenary who is hired to rescue the son of an Indian drug lord in Dhaka. The film’s ending left Tyler’s fate up in the air, which is why many are wondering if there will be a sequel.
[Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers for Extraction.]
What is ‘Extraction’ about?
Extraction follows gritty mercenary, Tyler Rake. He’s hired to extract a young kidnapped boy, Ovi (Rudhraksh Jaiswal), from the grips of his drug lord father’s rival. As Tyler fights off the rival Dhaka gang, he also gets attacked by Saju (Randeep Hooda), Ovi’s father’s right-hand man.
When Tyler’s mission is compromised, his mercenary colleagues advise him to leave the boy behind. But he decides to save the boy and get him out of Dhaka, even if he has to do it alone.
The ending of ‘Extraction’ left the door open for Tyler
At the end of Extraction, Tyler leaves Ovi with Saju and tries to keep the mafia engaged so they can escape. But when Saju is shot and killed, Ovi runs to the bridge where Tyler is entangled in a gunfight.
To save Ovi, Tyler tells him to run over to his friends that are waiting nearby with a helicopter. Tyler provides cover for the boy by running into the line of fire. He takes a number of bullets, including one in the neck. Bloody and critically injured, Tyler backs up onto the bridge’s railing and falls into the river below.
Ovi is taken back home and resumes his normal life. But in the final scene, Ovi pops his head out of his swimming pool and sees a blurry figure standing nearby.
The figure’s face is not shown, but from his build and clothes, he looks a lot like Tyler. And because Tyler’s dead body is never shown, some viewers are wondering if he survived the fall.
The filmmakers left the ending open on purpose
In an interview with the LA Times, filmmakers Anthony and Joe Russo, and director Sam Hargrave talked about the film’s ending. “We did it in a way that was purposefully ambiguous,” Hargrave explained.
“If you view the movie and you feel like Tyler’s redemption is completed through sacrifice, then you would see that in one way, with the kid honoring him through a vision. Or if you loved the character and his overcoming all of the odds to survive is what made the story happy for you, then you will see Tyler Rake in that image. Hopefully, people will be satisfied with the ending no matter how they feel about the movie along the way.”
As far as a sequel is concerned, the filmmakers revealed that they have discussed the possibility. But they noted that any further production would be dependant on how well Extraction does in terms of viewership.
“There have been a number of sit-downs with Joe and Netflix and definitely discussions have come up,” Hargrave said. “We’re waiting to see how the movie does and see what the response is. But the potential for different storylines with this character and this world are very numerous and it’s not off the table.”