Chris Hemsworth’s Extraction 2 More Violent Than The First Movie?
Chris Hemsworth's Extraction 2 has been rated R for “strong bloody violence and action throughout and language.”
“You drown, not by falling into the river, but by staying submerged in it.” Chris Hemsworth is swimming back to the surface on June 16 with Extraction 2, and the Netflix sequel could feature the Thor actor in even bloodier combat than the first film. ComicBook.com reported that Extraction 2 was officially rated R by the MPAA for “strong bloody violence and action throughout and language.”
Based on Ande Parks’ graphic novel Ciudad, Extraction follows Chris Hemsworth as Tyler Rake, a black market mercenary hired to retrieve a crime lord’s kidnapped son. When the film debuted in 2020, it boasted the same R-rating for the same violent reasons (plus some brief drug use).
Although the screenplay, written by producer Joe Russo, was largely criticized, the action and Hemsworth’s performance were universally praised. The love for Chris Hemsworth quickly made Extraction one of the most-watched original films in Netflix’s history.
Chris Hemsworth teased even more action in Extraction 2. He noted the film’s gritty style of fighting, commenting that it was the most challenging action work he had ever faced. He emphasized the point by comparing it to the VFX-driven action in Marvel movies.
Not to take anything away from the special-effects-filled sort of Marvel film,” Hemsworth said, “but you have a lot of help in post-production there. Obviously, I can’t fly, so they help through me that. Whereas in this film, the action is grounded in reality, and so much of it is in camera. So, it’s a different energy, and the preparation is a lot more extensive.”
Chris Hemsworth is not the only member of the Extraction 2 team to hype up the sequel. Returning director Sam Hargrave called the film “an action fan’s fantasy come to life. At least it was for us action designers.”
He teased “fist fights, car chases, explosions, trains, helicopters,” and while there will surely be plenty of visual effects involved, it sounds like the team went out of its way to ground the sequel’s action. “There’s something so satisfying about that,” Chris Hemsworth said of the intensity of filming Extraction 2.
Chris Hemsworth is teaming back up with Sam Hargrave and the Russo Brothers for Extraction 2, and the Russos have expressed interest in expanding the franchise even further with more sequels and spin-offs exploring other characters established in the first two films.
Hemsworth worked with the Russo Brothers on the directors’ Avengers films, Infinity War and Endgame. Sam Hargrave came to directing from the world of stunts; he was an action and stunts performer and coordinator in several Marvel films, including all of the Russos’ entries, and he worked with Hemsworth on Thor: Ragnarok. Extraction was Hargrave’s directorial debut.
Chris Hemsworth recently revealed that he planned to slow down his acting career to prioritize time with his family, but Extraction 2 is far from the last time fans will catch Hemsworth on screen. The actor is scheduled to appear in the Mad Max prequel Furiosa, and is at work developing a Hulk Hogan biopic.
Hemsworth is also rumored to appear again as Thor in Avengers: Secret Wars, but details about the future of Marvel have continued to shift amid corporate restructuring, personnel changes, and drama behind the scenes with the departure of executive Victoria Alonso and the criminal charges filed against Jonathan Majors, the actor portraying Marvel’s overarching villain, Kang the Conqueror.
Chris Hemsworth and his Extraction 2 team are ecstatic about the sequel. The follow-up is poised to deliver more intense, brutal action as it seeks to top its predecessor. Audiences can extract the action glory from Netflix themselves on June 16, 2023.