Extraction's Ending Flawlessly Explained

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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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42 Comments
  1. Michael Wilson says

    I really did not like this movie the ending was crap , what seemed interesting is right at the end the blurry vision at the pool when kid surfaces from pool , so he never really died i thought

  2. Alex Ramirez says

    soooooo, is he DEAD or ALIVE?

  3. Shiroe Roe says

    This movie has one of the best fighting scene ive ever seen.

  4. someone out there says

    Actually this is the kind of movie which makes people more ignorant about the world.

  5. El Nino says

    Rake is still alive….. just watch the ending scene you will see him

  6. Aliaz Kallang says

    Good gunfight movie with John wick style.

  7. Kassie Yo says

    I was hoping you were going to show the hottie shooting the guy in the head to three times

  8. Janos Balogh says

    I was hooked into this flick the whole way through. One of the best merc movies ive seen. Gotta make a sequel. I dont think tyler is dead.

  9. R W says

    Best film on Netflix for a long time

  10. Frank Ammirati says

    All I know is that it was an awesome movie and extremely realistic , they made a perfect ending for sequel they better capitalize on that . This is a John wick on a whole different level .

  11. Brandon valovich says

    Or Obi couldn't live with himself anymore after killing someone and watching the only two people who seemed to care for him die so he became the man he said tyler was "not the one who falls in the river but submerges himself" and when we finally see him coming up he's actually dead and that was just his interpretation of the after life where he sees Tyler again.

  12. Aman Rae says

    i hope there will be part two of this movie where ovi mahajan will try avenge the boy who killed tyler
    and the boy who killed tyler becomes the leader of mafia after the death of former mafia leader which was shown in the end.

  13. Tommy GKV says

    God of thunder can never die!!!

  14. Just Matt Here says

    This film deserved a hollywood studio behind it. The effects were good but still below average in comparison to what hollywood money could pay for. This was the first netflix produced film that wasn't terrible and even more surprisingly, was actually quite good. The ending could have been better, getting killed by that kid was too cliche for me. As soon as Rake let those little donkeys go I knew that scarface would kill him in the end.

    Overall good movie though, great action. Wish Chris would do more real life action movies.

  15. Shawn Bailer says

    Was pleasantly surprised at how good this movie was.

  16. Mr_BigShot says

    I think ovi killed himself because he couldn’t take the fact that he died saving him, and when he came up he saw his friend that saved his life

  17. Ronald Rickard says

    One of the best action films I have ever seen , i feel my heart rate doubled

  18. LUISEPLAYS says

    You can probably survive a shot to the neck you just cant speak

  19. Shubam Narayan says

    Randeep Hooda(saju) in more Hollywood movies please

  20. Dm Wreath says

    idk where tf there's such a ugly looking place in dhaka

  21. Steven Hill says

    Really good movie imo. I do not like action films, they usually stress me out to the point where I just turn it off and never finish them. But I stuck through with this one and actually enjoyed it.

  22. Yu Global Citizen says

    Personally I would love to see Rake survives, I was disappointed to see Saju died but I guess someone got to die. I was like "wtf! Oh nooooo! " when I saw Saju died.

  23. h hanlu says

    There will be Extraction 2 and the kid that shoot Rake will be the new drug lord

  24. Prehistoric Orange says

    I think it's better this film doesn't get a sequel. If he lives then that's just predicatable and the sequel is most likely to be trash and gives a Tyler another life threatening situation boom there's a sequel for the money. I guess we could get a sequel but with a different protagonist.. Tyler Rake has a complete story arc there's nothing else for him to overcome.

  25. Banonie Batute says

    Stupid ending

  26. jon bell says

    Zzzzz, oh look another John Wick gun range movie.

  27. Hardick Manzar says

    Our man is not dead yet…. " You drown not by falling into a river but by staying submerged in it"

  28. Jawad says

    Is the movie good ???
    Many people are saying it's bad??

  29. CrazyBMWdude says

    If they were to do a sequel it wouldn’t even need Chris Hemsworth as Tyler Rake. If they wanted him to be dead at the end of the movie they could do a 20 years later or something were Ovi grows up and joins the army as well and gets assigned to his own extraction from which he uses things he learned from Tyler.

  30. Bunny Chow says

    @00:47 Saju Rav is employed by Ovi Mahajan Sr., the incarcerated Indian crime lord, and father of Ovi, who has been jailed. He is not working for Amir Asif, the Bangladeshi crime lord who kidnapped Ovi.

    Can't you even get the story right and I am only 46 seconds into your video!

  31. David Huxley says

    Thought it was a fantastic film, a credit to the actors and Netflix

  32. Nick Adiele says

    The person who did this video clearly didn't watch the movie

  33. John Caballero says

    Tyler still be alive for John Wick Chapter 4 😂

  34. Anjan Singh says

    You were wrong in the start only, you said Saju was currently employee of Bangladesh Drug lord which was wrong, he worked for Ovi's father, seems you need to revisit this movie as there is no point you guys are gonna get anything right.

  35. Justice Afari Dwomoah says

    I think it’s his father standing there

  36. Todd Southgate says

    Awful. A simply awful film. Looked more line a stupid video game than a film.

  37. nosram nitro says

    i dont mind rake dying but if he is gonna die,pls let it not be at the hands of a hormonal teenager

  38. Ryan Riensche says

    I’d of been good either way, sacrifice or still alive! But he’s still alive, illustrated by Ovi sitting at the bottom of the pool! The only person that calls back to is Tyler! New lease on life and they’re already talking sequels!

  39. S K says

    I wouldn't say the story was complex..

  40. Espada 1 says

    he died….
    he took a shot to his carotid artery…that's a fatal wound..it takes a miracle and a surgeon with hands of a demi God to survive that
    not to mention the other shots he took..
    not to mention falling into the river..

  41. IndiaNDS says

    Damn my boy Randeep got shot. They should have kept him alive. Or do a story on him and his past

  42. joshua sakiwonder says

    He didn't deserve to die, so for me he didn't

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