Netflix’s ‘Extraction’ starring Chris Hemsworth | Spoiler Review

Extraction is a fast-paced, action packed, fun and violent movie. Great actors, perfect action and an amazing one-take car/gun chase makes this a Netflix movie you CANNOT miss.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Life Lessons Learned from Extraction

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Sky: “You drown, not by falling into the river, but by staying submerged in it.”

  • You can’t deny the wisdom of this statement and it can be applied to any difficult things you face throughout your life.

Dusty: You can survive a 130 meter fall into water from a cliff.

  • Hecka scary, though!

Sky: Money is the great seducer.

  • Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth) thought he could trust his friend Gaspar (played by David Harbour). But, Gaspar lives in a dirty, dangerous city and a couple million bucks will get him and his wife to Fiji in no time.

Dusty: Preparation leads to success.

  • Tyler had everything he needed to handle a war zone on him when he went to extract Ovi.

The director, Sam Hargrave, also played Gaeten the sniper.

Sky: Backup and support is critical.

  • Whether you’re taking part in a military mission or simply trying to do a new business venture, you’re more likely to be successful if you have a team of people supporting.

Dusty: Think ahead and be proactive, not reactive.

  • Being reactive limits your options. Being proactive puts you in charge and you have more options to achieve your goals. This fits with the prior lesson from Dusty, because looking ahead helps you to see what you may need in the future, so you can prepare yourself for it.

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 71%
  • The Critics: 67%

Grades:

  • B from Sky
  • B+ from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Tombstone.

Tombstone (1993) Starring Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer

Tombstone is the best western the two of us have ever seen. Great acting and action make this compelling story a true classic.

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Life Lessons Learned from Tombstone

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Sky: A tough life breeds tough men. 

  • The west was a tough place to live, and it created men like the Earp’s, Doc Holliday and the Cowboys.  Life’s too good now, and it doesn’t create men like it used to (except for Jocko Willink).

Dusty: Don’t be goaded into a gun fight.

  • You’re better off walking away, assuming they’ll let you. Fighting, whether with fists, knives or guns, is the last resort.

Sky & Dusty: Avoid temptation. 

  • Women, drugs, alcohol, sugary foods, gambling. Whatever your vice is, if you don’t want to slip up, stay far away from it. Wyatt Earp knew better when he went riding with Josephine.

There’s no reasoning with the unreasonable.

Sky: You can’t reason with unreasonable people. 

  • The Cowboys are murderers (as evidenced from the beginning wedding scene). They don’t care if they deserve what happens to them, they want it their way or you’re dead.

Dusty: Stand up for your friends.

  • Doc Holliday could’ve easily avoided every fight in this one, but he stuck by his friend to the end.

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 94%
  • The Critics: 74%

Grades:

  • A from Sky
  • A+ from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Green Street Hooligans.

Green Street Hooligans (2005) Starring Charlie Hunnam and Elijah Wood

Green Street Hooligans is a violent yet compelling movie about having your friend’s back and never backing down from a fight. Definitely worth watching for the story line and seeing Elijah Wood’s soft character of Matt Buckner grow under the wing of Charlie Hunnam’s tough-as-nails character Pete Dunham.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Life Lessons Learned from Green Street Hooligans

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Sky: Never leave a mate behind.

  • Loyalty is important in this life; to your friends, your family, your country.

Dusty: Giving is better than receiving.

  • It’s great knowing your friends have your back, but as Matt Buckner (Elijah Wood) says, it’s even better knowing you have their backs.

Sky: Get a hint.

  • When a legendary ruffian (Tommy Hatcher played by Geoff Bell) tells you to “shut your yammer” with 4 tough blokes backing him, do it!

Dusty: Don’t let how others view you dictate your life.

  • Pete’s and the GSE’s mission to have the best rep among all the firms led to his eventual death.

Matt Buckner (Elijah Wood) goes from a weak “journo” to a tough street fighter.

Sky: Don’t take it easy on kids and let them win. 

  • If winning is difficult, they’ll work harder for it. Self esteem is better when it comes from accomplishments than via somebody giving you the win.

Dusty: We learn so much more through failure than through winning.

  • Examining your losses, finding your mistakes and working to not repeat them are critical for growth.

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 87%
  • The Critics: 47%

Grades:

  • A from Sky
  • A from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on The Naked Gun (1988).

The Naked Gun (1988) starring Leslie Nielsen and Priscilla Presley

We loved The Naked Gun! Leslie Nielsen’s comedic genius is on full display in this perfect comedy from the team that brought us Airplane!, Kentucky Fried Movie and Top Secret.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from The Naked Gun

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Sky: Always wait for backup.   

  • Confronting drug dealers solo, like Nordberg did, is a huge mistake.

Dusty: Don’t eat anything that makes you faint when you smell it.

  • Also, check the expiration date.

This cast nailed their comedic roles (OJ Simpson as Nordberg, Leslie Nielsen as Frank Drebin and George Kennedy as Captain Ed)

Sky: Disconnect the electronics when you’re finished broadcasting. 

  • Frank made a huge mistake hitting the head after the press conference. Nowadays, so many people are using Zoom for meetings or school, the worst thing would be if you keep the cameras or screen share going as you stand up from your chair naked or hop on a porn site.

Dusty: Always have around in the chamber.

  • Guns have a safety switch for a reason. Keep on chambered so you’re ready to rock and roll.

Sky’s choice of the Full Body Condom as his prop fits with last week’s “Anal Intruder” prop.

Sky: Learn your national anthem because you never know when you’ll be required to sing it.

  • For one, it’s your national anthem. For another, you don’t want to look foolish in front of a crowd.

Reggie Jackson (real!) and Queen Elizabeth II (also real!)

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 84%
  • The Critics: 87%

Grades:

  • A+ from Sky
  • A from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Top Secret.

Top Secret Movie Review (1984) Starring Val Kilmer

Top Secret is a visually comedic tour de force. It’s a must-see comedy from the 80’s (don’t listen to this in the background while washing dishes). Fun characters & plot elements + Val Kilmer + visual gags = comedic genius!

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Top Secret

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Dusty: Don’t change clothes in full view of others. 

  • Windows and doors = opportunity to peep. And somebody is always watching.

Sky: Be careful with your sexual toys.

  • C or D batteries are okay. But if it requires plugging in, use it with a friend and have a safe word like “Batman!”

Movie prop of the century! What a conversation starter…

Dusty & Sky: Be perceptive of your surroundings.

  • Keep yourself safe with your head on a swivel and look for danger around every corner, cows with boots and funny gags.

Loved the French revolutionary’s names like Montage, Deja Vu, Croissant, Souffle, Escargot, Latrine and Chocolate Mousse.

Dusty: Avoid uncomfortable situations and wait until your name is called.

  • A cringe worthy situation was narrowly avoided when Nick Rivers went up to address the crowd.

Sky:  Learn the language before you visit a foreign country.

  • Download a language app and practice daily before your next big trip. Learning the basics will help you feel more comfortable and enjoy your time more in a foreign country.

If you don’t pay attention, you’ll miss the swinging rag dolls.

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 80%
  • The Critics: 77%

Grades:

  • B+ from Sky
  • B+ from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Coming to America Review of the Movie with Eddie Murphy (1988)

Coming to America is still a great fish-out-of-water comedy. Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall are a perfect comedic duo and we loved their multiple characters (especially Randy Watson of Sexual Chocolate and Reverend Brown).

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Coming to America

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Dusty: Get In Good with the father or best friend (as Hitch would say).

  • They aren’t the ultimate decision maker, but they could positively influence your love’s feelings for you.

Sky: Don’t judge a place by its name.

  • Queens… real crap whole (apparently). Hawaiian Gardens in LA… crap hole for sure.

We loved Akeem’s ever-positive and wise nature (played perfectly by Eddie Murphy).

Eddie Murphy as Prince Akeem in Coming to America

Dusty: Don’t go to bars to find a good woman.

  • Good call here. Find wholesome women like at bowling alleys, church and Whole Foods.

Sky: Don’t pop the question unless you know she’ll say yes.

  • Don’t be a dumb-ass like Daryl and try to sneak the engagement in via Mr. McDowell.

Let us know in the comments below if you met your soul mate in a bar. Maybe someone like this…

Arsenio Hall playing "Extremely Ugly Girl" in Coming to America

Dusty: Your first reaction is usually the correct one.

  • Your natural reaction speaks to how you really feel about something.

Sky: It’s good to be the king. 

  • King Jaffe Joffer can change the traditions if he wants. “Who am I to change it?” C’mon buddy, you da king! You can do what you want.

Man, we love King Joffe Joffer’s lion stole (played by the legendary James Earl Jones)

James Earl Jones looking especially regal with a lion stole in Coming to America

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 85%
  • The Critics: 67%

Grades:

  • A from Sky
  • A+ from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Kingsman: The Secret Service.

Kingsman Movie Review The Secret Service (2014)

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Kingsman: The Secret Service is an awesomely fresh take on the spy genre. Firth, Egerton and Strong knocked it out of the park, as did the incredible fight scenes, cinematic visuals and fun soundtrack.

How many Kingsman movies are there?

Two so far, but we’re looking forward to the upcoming prequel, The King’s Man. The first two movies are Kingsman: The Secret Service and the sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Kingsman: The Secret Service

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Dusty & Sky: “True nobility is being superior to your former self.”

  • We loved this line from Galahad (Colin Firth). Always work to be 1% better every day.

Firth killed it (and everyone else) in our favorite scene.

Dusty: Lock the door so they cannot leave when you fight.

  • This great scene reminder Dusty of another of his favorite movies, A Bronx Tale.

Sky: If it’s too good to be true, it is.

  • Valentine giving free access… there’s a catch, right? A billionaire giving away free stuff?  Nah, nothing nefarious here.

Eggsy (Egerton) picking up where his mentor left off. Time to wack some wankers. Lock the doors!

Dusty: Never steal a car.

  • It’s not worth the trouble for a few minutes of joy riding fun.

Sky: Don’t let anybody put digital anything in your body.

  • Are you friggin’ kidding me?!

Mark Strong as Merlin was fantastic (the rest were pretty cool, too)

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 84%
  • The Critics: 74%

Grades:

  • A+ from Sky
  • A from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Groundhog Day.

Groundhog Day (1993) | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned

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Groundhog Day is a 90’s romantic comedy classic, and it’s one of Bill Murray’s most memorable roles. The supporting cast was perfect and it’s still fun watching Murray trying to make the best of a terrible situation (and eventually succeeding).

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Groundhog Day

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Dusty: The end goal should be to serve other people and make others lives better. 

  • Serving yourself only, like Phil, doesn’t endear you to those around you.

Sky: Be aware of how others view you.

  • Everyone’s making fun of Phil behind his back (Larry: “Did he call himself the talent?”) and he has no idea people dislike him. How you are viewed by those around you is your own fault.

Bill Murray perfectly played a jerky weatherman in Phil Connors, and Andie MacDowell (as Rita) was a great love interest.

Dusty: Everyone hates self-centered people.

  • No wonder Phil is disliked by all his coworkers. It was great seeing his character develop through these 10+ years of endlessly repeating the same day.

Sky: Attitude is everything. 

  • When Rita told him, “Depends on how you look at it.” He realized that he was looking at this situation all wrong. This flipped a switch in his mind and he went from uncaring Phil to “let’s do some good” Phil.

Stephen Tobolowsky played Ned “Needlenose” Ryerson, a fun and memorable character.

Dusty: Become a piano mover so my kids can be awesome at piano.

  • Yep, osmosis works, people!

Sky: Try to be in-the-moment and you’ll enjoy life more.

  • Don’t think about the future or the past or about the unchangeable predicament you find yourself in.

Dusty’s favorite scene. “Don’t drive angry.”

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 88%
  • The Critics: 96%

Grades:

  • A from Sky
  • A+ from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Aquaman.

One Cut of the Dead Movie Review – Incredible Japanese Horror-Comedy

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One Cut of the Dead split the two of us in half. Dusty, not so much a fan. Me, Sky, absolutely loved it! The first act is weird, but acts two and three pay-off the entire story like none other.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from One Cut of the Dead

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Sky: Improvise, adapt and overcome. 

  • They were beset by so many challenges but ingenuity and an attitude of “it can be done” had them succeed in the end. The producer was about to throw in the towel but daughter Mao improvised, asserted herself and the show went on. The Director and his wife took over two parts and killed it.

Dusty: Never listen to Sky’s movie recommendations.

  • That’s one opinion. And you know what they say about opinions…

What a weird first act, but it’s paid off later!

Sky: Always be ready because today might be your time to shine.

  • The camera assistant was able to take over and did a great job because she knew the job. Also, the Director and Nao knew the script and everyone’s roles, so they could take over as well.

Dusty: Perseverance is critical to getting the job done.

  • When beset by challenges, like this team was, you have to overcome one challenge at a time on your way to success.

Action!

Sky: Constraints or restrictions force you to get creative.

  • They were given just two hours prior to showtime to make it work, and they did it. They were forced to get creative and use the resources on hand. Happy, successful ending.

Dusty: Influence others by showing them the benefit they’ll receive from doing what you want them to.

  • The Director convinced Ko, the love interest-turned-zombie, to continue with the show by telling him this is his show and it’s all about him.

Fun interplay between the “director”, “actors” and “zombies”.

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 83%
  • The Critics: 100%

Grades:

  • A+ from Sky
  • Z from Dusty (bringing shame to the Matsuhashi family)

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Fantasy Island.

Fantasy Island 2020 Review

Fantasy Island is a fun, not-really-horror movie. Fun actors playing relatable characters with a crazy story in a beautiful island setting… and Chastity! What’s not to love?

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Fantasy Island

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Sky: What goes around comes around.

  • Don’t be surprised when the school girl you picked on comes back for revenge.

Dusty: Don’t turn your back on danger.

  • Never leave the room when the stove is on, when your baby is in the bathtub, or turn your back when little kids are swimming.

A beautiful island, but we’ll never be guests here.

Dusty: Always carry a weapon.

  • Sloan was kidnapped and on the run, but she didn’t even try to pickup a rock or a stick to use as a weapon.

Sky: Regret is a disease.

  • Living in the past robs you of enjoying the now. Gwen (Maggie Q) missed out on a lovely family due to the guilt she felt over Nick’s death.

Great torture scene with Melanie (Lucy Hale) choosing instead to save Sloan (Portia Doubleday).

Dusty: If at all possible, keep yourself safe while fighting. Live to fight another day.

  • Michael Rooker’s Damon crash tackled Dr. Torture off the cliff instead of try to kick him off the ledge.

Sky: Never separate.

  • When in caves and being chased by baddies, there’s power in numbers. Separating is the last thing you want to do. And pickup a weapon!

Michael Rooker was under-utilized.

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 47%
  • The Critics: 10%

Grades:

  • B+ from Sky
  • B- from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Aquaman (2018).