Extraction's Ending Flawlessly Explained

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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  • Dam that movie was so good 😩 I think Tyler is still alive with that ending wow

    John Ambriz May 3, 2020 9:42 pm Reply
  • It pissed me off on how they killed Saju. I was getting pissed at him in the beginning, but they really opened his character up. I was rooting for Saju near the end and for him to just get popped like that… Shit hurts.

    nuar - May 3, 2020 9:42 pm Reply
  • Whoa Whoa Whooooaaa! Saju works for Ovi Sr!!
    Not quite flawless dudes 🤦‍♂️

    WhatUPlayinAt May 3, 2020 9:42 pm Reply
  • Saju Was Dangerous 🔥🔥 They shouldn't had did him like that 🤦🏿‍♂️🤦🏿‍♂️

    Prynce May 3, 2020 9:42 pm Reply
  • I'm kinda disappointed as a Bangladeshi, not only they portrayed my country Bangladesh very poorly, it wasn't even shot in our country, our army is very strong and dedicated. Hope Netflix will do more research next time.

    Tasnuva Khan May 3, 2020 9:42 pm Reply
  • Dhaka is nothing like this movie . Dont believe ? you can visit our city . Bangladesh army is the biggest troop contributing force in Un peacekeeping missions

    Darth Skywalker May 3, 2020 9:42 pm Reply
  • All this for one gypsie.. lol

    Walsh May 3, 2020 9:42 pm Reply
  • How would Ovi have known how to replicate sitting at the bottom of the pool unless he had been taught it by Rake, who obviously survived!

    JCinho May 3, 2020 9:42 pm Reply
  • The kid should’ve gone for the head..

    StuuDudeッ May 3, 2020 9:42 pm Reply
  • Amazing movie

    laura moonshine May 3, 2020 9:42 pm Reply
  • Liked this movie alot I hope he's not dead we need that sequel asap

    Ducky Fresh May 3, 2020 9:42 pm Reply
  • A bit of a correction. Saju is employed by the kid's father and tasked to retrieve the kidnapped kid or end up losing his son. Saju employs the mercs to get the boy, but given how he won't be able to pay due to low cash flow in the Indian drug empire he's handling, he simply wanted the mercernaries to do the hard work of retrieval and all he'd do was hoodwink them and snatch Ovi up and not end up paying.

    Muhammad Rafiul Islam Zareef May 3, 2020 9:42 pm Reply
  • This is the best action movie I've seen this year. The ending of the movie was quite remarkable & can result to a sequel. Kudos to the crew behind this great movie. Undoubtedly, the movie deserves an award.

    CHARLY-C MUSIQ May 3, 2020 9:42 pm Reply
  • I wanted chris to live so bad the last few minutes of the movie were hella stressful

    Aaron R May 3, 2020 9:42 pm Reply
  • Umm.. this movie is pretty shallow and doesn’t even require any “thinking”

    hayden alejandrino May 3, 2020 9:42 pm Reply
  • Saju has the other payment but was poor due to Ovi's father threat to his family. Saju killing Tyler's crew is just an action to steal the boy and become rich but the opposite happened to him. "You drown not by falling into river, but by staying submerged in it". The last scene should have been Tyler get to meet Ovi's father and talk bout him being employed as a mercenary

    Future Emmanuelson May 3, 2020 9:42 pm Reply
  • They didn't have to kill Saju, such an interesting character. Gave his all and left his family just for some pos druglord.

    Andrew Hmar May 3, 2020 9:42 pm Reply
  • Rake didn't make it off the bridge, but he did win his match in the Gulag.

    Corey Caldwell May 3, 2020 9:42 pm Reply
  • Another weird ending for a Netflix movie 🙄😞

    lamcarter May 3, 2020 9:42 pm Reply
  • They'll f*ck up the good work they've done if there's a sequel

    Patrick Echatah May 3, 2020 9:42 pm Reply
  • Saju's death hurt more than the main characters

    Flavv May 3, 2020 9:42 pm Reply
  • Just finished watching this movie and I LOVED it! Interesting and good plot/story, loved the characters, great casting, amazing action scenes!

    A friend recommended it to me like 3 hours ago and I just went straight in without knowing what it really was about. So I didn't really have any expectations, but BOY am I happy I gave this one a go!

    The only negative thing I have to say is that I wasn't exactly happy that they killed off Amir as well, he was a good antagonist. Would've been more interesting if he stayed alive and appeared in a sequel.

    Definitely needs either a sequel or a prequel.
    I'd be happy with either.

    Some ideas:
    A sequel could show us how Tyler's death affected Ovi so much that he gets off the right path and goes in search for the one(Farhad) who killed him to exact revenge. Maybe Farhad becomes a leader of an influential gang or something.

    Prequel, more about the life of Tyler and his family, about how he got into this work of field. Should bring Gaspar back for this too. Show us how Tyler saved his life and what actually went down. This one could take place in Afghanistan.

    with love, from sumer May 3, 2020 9:42 pm Reply
  • C.Hemsworth deserves a Oscar,Grammy, Actor of the year award

    Jose G May 3, 2020 9:42 pm Reply
  • Hands down best Movie of 2020!

    Jose G May 3, 2020 9:42 pm Reply
  • I think they should of done something with the boy who shot Tyler at the end (Farahad?). They could’ve put him standing with that drug lord in the end at least

    hop May 3, 2020 9:42 pm Reply
  • As if they would spend thousands of dollars wrecking the city and a helicopter and all the lives of his policemen for 1kid:

    Brent Jost May 3, 2020 9:42 pm Reply
  • There is a big chance that the movie has continuation, Rick isn't dead, jumping into the rivers is chance of him surviving, that's great, we need EXTRACTION 2

    Enter -Tainment May 3, 2020 9:42 pm Reply
  • We need him to stay alive!

    Seth Kwiatkowski May 3, 2020 9:42 pm Reply
  • I doubt Tyler lived. He got shot in the back and the neck

    StikWitClassics May 3, 2020 9:42 pm Reply
  • This movie was str8 action no BS Talking just Str8 action

    Erik Really May 3, 2020 9:42 pm Reply

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