In the popular Netflix movie “Extraction,” actor Chris Hemsworth goes from likable Marvel god to killing machine.
The action film, which the streaming giant claims has been watched by 90 million households so far, is about a mercenary named Tyler Rake (Hemsworth) who rescues the son of an Indian drug lord — and offs 183 dudes in the process.
During its most impressive sequence, Rake embarks on a death-defying (and causing) chase via car and on foot — and using many, many bullets. Jaw-droppingly, the scene appears to be filmed in one continuous shot, not unlike recent Best Picture Oscar nominee “1917.”
“To say we started off with a bang is an understatement,” director Sam Hargrave, a former stuntman, tells The Post. “It’s definitely one of the most ambitious action sequences I’ve ever attempted.”
Filmed in the town of Aminabad, India — a stand-in for Dhaka, Bangladesh — the endeavor took more than 500 crewmen, five months of planning and 10 days of shooting, all amounting to about 10 minutes of screen time.
And it was a challenge he made for himself. Hargrave says that a continuous sequence, known as a “one-er,” wasn’t in the original script of Joe Russo (director of “Avengers: Endgame”).
“I thought it would be a good way to capture the essence of that space, and to feel what the characters are feeling in real time,” he says. “To take people, grab them by the arm and say, ‘We’re going on a ride.’ ”
To get the scene in gear required weeks of fight rehearsal, a special lightweight camera to weave in and out of vehicles and buildings and three identical cars for Hemsworth to drive.
In the most complex mini-sequence, the camera seamlessly abandons the hero for a moment and instead follows a SWAT team into a claustrophobic apartment complex where Hemsworth is lying in wait.
“All that long, complicated choreography in narrow spaces, where the performers had to move to one side and I had to move around them with the camera,” the director says, “That ended up being somewhere between 17 and 20 different takes.”
And that section is only about 90 seconds long.
The entire process was made easier by a game Hemsworth, 36, who did the vast majority of his own stunts.
“All of the fighting — all of it — is him,” Hargrave says, adding that the actor also did his own driving. “But when we wanted something to happen to the character that was big and hard, we had to switch out for his amazing stunt double, Bobby.”
“I’d say that 95% of that sequence is Chris.”
Credit: Source link