It looks like the apparently immortal and forever bad ass Bruce Willis has another action movie ahead of him. Except this time, in a bit of a twist, he’s the one who needs rescuing. Check out the newly released trailer for Extraction starring John McClane himself.
Well, it’s an action movie that’s for sure. What the trailer lacks in dialogue or a particularly innovative plot, it more than makes up for in punches delivered by Kellan Lutz. I can’t help but feel like this is a trailer I’ve seen about 100 times before. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing. If you’re going to make another action movie, it is a big plus to have one of the biggest genre icons in the world involved, and Die Hard star Bruce Willis fits that bill.
Even if Extraction doesn’t bring something new to the table, there is a level of nostalgia that comes with seeing Willis kicking some ass. Fresh off of the announcement that a prequel is in the works, some of the die hard Die Hard fans may be willing to shell out the money to see this new flick in hopes of another big action sequence involving Bruce Willis. And this presents a rare opportunity to see Willis not in a place of power. We’re used to watching him avoid disaster, rescue others, and generally be a BAMF, but this time the tables have been turned. The rescue mission that is the premise of the film is to help out Willis. Don’t these terrorists know who he is?!
Extraction’s two supporting actors do make for an exciting headlining cast, with Twilight’s Kellan Lutz and Gina Carano, who we are looking forward to seeing in Deadpool. Much of the rest of the cast are not actors by trade, such as professional poker player Dan Bilzerian and businessman Nicholas M. Loeb, making for what is sure to be a mixed bag of performances.
What is perhaps the most interesting, and possibly the most worrisome, is that Extraction isn’t planning a wide theatrical run. Rather, there will be a limited release, as well as On Demand availability starting on December 18. While this business model worked out for highly anticipated films such as The Interview, I can’t help but worry about how much money a lesser-known film like this is like to make. Then again, with cold weather approaching, and so many Holiday Season films being released, people may jump at the chance to see an exciting new release from the comfort of their own home.
Either way, it should make for another notch on the Willis action flick belt. That thing must be pretty full of notches by now.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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