Extraction 2, the action thriller film from Netflix, maintains the same level of intense shootouts and action sequences as its predecessor. However, this time it focuses more on intense fights. Tyler Rake, the protagonist who survived the events in Bangladesh from the previous film, is now living a retired life in Austria.
Unexpectedly, he is approached for another mission that he cannot refuse. In Extraction 2, there is more exploration of the protagonist's personal struggles, leading to a cathartic moment that brings him healing. This recovery is crucial as the ending hints at his preparation for a larger-scale mission in the future.
#1. Tyler's Personal Motivation for the Mission
Tyler's decision to take on this mission is deeply personal. When we first met him in Extraction, he was a broken man with little will to live. This mindset justified his tendency to engage in dangerous scenarios. Over time, we discovered that he carried immense guilt for abandoning his young son during a difficult time when the boy was suffering from lymphoma and eventually passed away.
Although his previous adventure with Ovi helped to some extent, Tyler still struggles to overcome the guilt of leaving his family behind. He regrets his decision to deploy to Afghanistan and push his son and wife away. The last time he saw his son was when he walked out on them, leading to his wife divorcing him. However, Tyler realizes that he can still attempt to apologize to his ex-wife, Mia. When he is asked to rescue Mia's sister, Keto, Tyler sees it as an opportunity to correct his past mistakes. Despite the possibility that Mia may not forgive him, Tyler believes it is a chance to make amends for tearing his own family apart.
#2. Tyler with Keto's Family
Initially, Tyler's interactions with Keto, his nephew, and niece are difficult, and they no longer resemble the closeness they once shared as a family. Along with the physical distance, Tyler's self-developed harshness over the years plays a role in this estrangement. However, as the rescue mission unfolds and Keto expresses her gratitude to Tyler, their relationship begins to mend. Tyler shows sensitivity and care towards his young niece, Nina, especially after she is injured during their escape. On the other hand, Sandro, Keto's son, is more skeptical of Tyler due to his belief that Tyler is responsible for his father's death
Surprisingly, Tyler opens up to Sandro, acknowledging his mistakes and expressing regret for abandoning his sick child. Tyler's biggest regret is that his son's last memory of him was as someone who abandoned him, which haunts him.
#3. Sandro's Skepticism and Tyler's Self-Reflection
Tyler uses his grief to help Sandro understand his own situation. Sandro is driven by a desire to avenge his father and has been raised to believe he is part of his father's gang. Here, Tyler's stark contrast with the main antagonist, Zurab, becomes apparent. The Nagazi brothers, Zurab and Davit, are deeply committed to their family due to their upbringing.
However, Zurab's familial ties quickly weaken when someone challenges him or interferes with his plans. He even kills his own uncle when he tries to persuade him to stop pursuing Tyler. In contrast, Tyler, although tough and ruthless towards his enemies, prioritizes the safety of his own relatives and avoids jeopardizing their well-being for personal goals.
#4. Tyler Rake At The Ending
The pivotal moment for Tyler in Extraction 2 occurs during a conversation with Mia before the final confrontation with Zurab. Mia initiates the conversation, understanding that Tyler tends to keep his sorrows to himself. As Mia admits that she sought Tyler's help because there was no one else, he opens up. It is their first proper conversation since their divorce. Over time, Mia likely came to understand Tyler's reasons for his selfish and foolish actions. Witnessing Tyler's efforts to save her sister and children, Mia sees goodness in him once again and takes the opportunity to talk.
Tyler sincerely apologizes for abandoning Mia and their son during their time of need. When Mia asks why he did so, Tyler finally reveals the truth. He confesses that as a father, he was weak and demotivated, unable to bear his child's suffering. Unable to cope with his own pain, he fled the situation, leaving his family to deal with their troubles alone.
Tyler's perception of how his son saw him changes, providing him with a moment of relief and redemption. The guilt and burden he carried are finally lifted. Extraction 2 sets up the possibility of a sequel, and it will be interesting to see how Tyler Rake's character develops from this point onward.
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