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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46 thoughts on “Extraction's Ending Flawlessly Explained

  1. 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

  2. As if they would spend thousands of dollars wrecking the city and a helicopter and all the lives of his policemen for 1kid:

  3. 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

  4. Brain dead movie
    Unless you want John wick. In every movie and shit story line 🙈🙊🙉🤪🤪

  5. Making a sequel to this movie would make about as much sense as it would in making a sequel to Man On Fire. Redemption through sacrifice, or “A life for a life”, either way the hero was clearly killed off. I agree, with an earlier comment that a prequel would be more understandable.

  6. Personally, I think that the movie was decent, but mediocre. The acting, cinematography, and effects were all top-notch, but the story just felt stale. There really wasn't enough to truly feel original and it felt like the movie started off wanting to give exposition to every little detail before we could really become immersed. But honestly, if you can get past the fact that the story feels like every other action-thriller, it was actually an enjoyable watch.

  7. This dumb Brit looper narrator is wrong at 0:55 seconds in. Saju is employed by the Indian drug lord (Ovi’d dad).

  8. I love the movie but sad he risked his life for the kid.and what actually was he it seemed like Tyler was really strong.That kid 😡 he had to shoot him I thought I was gonna be that person that liked owned an empire

  9. The ending thooo 😠 We need a sequel!!! We need to see Chris Hemsworth again in this role and clothes 🤤🥵🥵

  10. I actually really enjoyed this film. Chris made an incredible mercenary / savior as well. Hope there is a sequel.

  11. When Tyler fell into the river at the end, he remembered the kid’s words: “you drown, not by falling into the river, but by staying submerged in it.” That’s why he survived at the end. Just personal thought.

  12. There's a sad truth about former service men who sells their skills to drug lords, private armies, contractors, mercs etc.

  13. Nah bruh….Rake lived! He ate all them bullets…then fell off the bridge and held his breath till it was clear. Then he surprised lil dude in the end like…sup bro! I’m your new daddy!

  14. I want to see the son redeem chris and kill the other kid who shot him. But like 10 years older

  15. The accent of the guy who reads the text is terrible. What nationality is that at all? What stops you from pronouncing clearly the words? WTF ???

  16. I searched for multiple possible ending interpretations for this movie because a friend of mine told me an ending he understood. He said that based on his understanding, when Ovi jumped into the pool at the end and tried to hold his breath, realistically, he didn't get back up into the surface – instead, he died underwater. He killed himself. Also as how the quote says, "You drown not by falling into the river, but by staying submerged in it.” By the time he went back up from being "submerged", he's already dead. And by that, it symbolically shows that he's now with Tyler Rake ('cause, they're both dead). What do you guys think of this theory?

  17. Yeah that's awesome but hey why would you risk your life and Money for a boy who's party betrayed you.
    Damn this hurts me.

  18. I feel like Rake lived and adopted Ovi. Because at the end, the students seemed like white kids in an Australian school. Rake adopted him to give him a better life. At least that's what I want to think. If Nik hadn't killed the villain, then there could be a sequel … IDK 😃
    But the movie is so great!

  19. Tbh if they made a sequel with tyler rake and the woman along side him as just a duo that would be pre fire. The extraction could be taken place in japan or something. But it’ll be a while for the movie to come out cause of the rona virus.

  20. The one complain I have with these type of movies is the number of kills which makes the story too absurd. He must have killed at least 50 people in two days. I can't get how trained soldiers will go charging in to certain death. Such shoot out scenes can be done with far better sense of believability with drama and tension without just piling up body counts. Otherwise, I enjoyed the overall plot of this movie.

  21. 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

  22. 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.

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