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April 27, 2020

Extraction (2020)

by Prashant Kumar Sharma

The latest Netflix original film to arrive on the streaming service. Extraction sees Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth), a black market mercenary, embark on the most deadly extraction of his career when he’s enlisted to rescue the kidnapped son (Rudhraksh Jaiswal) of an imprisoned international crime lord.

As much as their originals are hit and miss and the sheer amount of content they release being ridiculous, there is no question that Netflix allow pure filmmaker freedom without the restrictions and interference of Hollywood influence as here the film is allowed to make full use of its 18 rating and not have the burden of setting up or continuing a franchise. Though generic and cliche in its story telling, the action and stunt work are an absolute blast to witness and make this a step up from what I was expecting.

The film’s 2 hour runtime may have some filler sequences around the middle section, but the 1st and 3rd acts are fast paced and frantic, throwing you right into the situation, the film knows exactly what it wants and sets out to deliver it. The race against time and constant improvisation of the extraction itself makes for a consistently engaging watch, though the film does brush over motivations (the villain here is especially lacklustre) and character back story, with Tyler solely relying on a few flashbacks and essentially an exposition interview with the kid he is protecting, so that we get more of his story.

However what this basic premise does allow for is to be filled with brutal, well choreographed and creative action. This film delivers one of the best set pieces of this year, with a phenomenal one-take style 15 minute sequence, which goes from a car chase, to a building assault to a lorry chase, it’s absolute controlled chaos. As a fan of John Wick, The Raid etc. it was excellent to see their influence on the choreography, the camerawork never is too shaky or quick cutting meaning it is easy to follow and witness every stab, punch, kick in their bone crunching and visceral glory. The shootouts sound great and are intense, always ending in bloody results, especially the finale sequence.

It’s good seeing Hemsworth in a grittier, darker non-Thor/MIB role and he delivers here in a more somber and focused role, though also channels some of the action hero vibe of the 80/90’s that this film is going for. Jaiswal is also good here as the kid thrown into this life or death situation, he is never irritating or acts unrealistically at all (which is the case with kids in these types of films at times). Randeep Hooda has an intimidating screen presence as someone working for the kid’s father and David Harbour gives an enthusiastic performance, though his character’s section does stall the plot pacing.

Extraction is a fun watch to turn your brain off for 2 hours and was actually better than I expected. The action is bloody, visceral and frantic with some brilliant practical effects and choreography and the cast give good performances. The film does suffer from several cliches and genre traits and lack of character depth, but honestly from a purely entertainment perspective this does the job.


September 8, 2016

Kingdom (manga)

by Prashant Kumar Sharma

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Kingdom (キングダム Kingudamu?) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yasuhisa Hara. The manga provides a fictionalized account of the Warring States period primarily through the experiences of the war orphan Xin and his comrades as he fights to become the greatest general under the heavens, and in doing so, unifying China for the first time in history. The series was adapted into a thirty-eight episode anime series by studio Pierrot that aired from June 4, 2012 to February 25, 2013. A second season was announced[1] and aired from June 8, 2013 to March 1, 2014. An English language release of the anime was licensed by Funimation Entertainment.[2]230px-kingdom_volume_1

September 2, 2014

What is a Raspberry Pi?

by Prashant Kumar Sharma

The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It is a capable little device that enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python. It’s capable of doing everything you’d expect a desktop computer to do, from browsing the internet and playing high-definition video, to making spreadsheets, word-processing, and playing games.

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September 2, 2014

Linux cheatsheet

by Prashant Kumar Sharma

# The contents of this file are released under the GNU General Public License.

Feel free to reuse the contents of this work, as long as the resultant works give proper attribution and

are made publicly available under the GNU General Public License.
# Best viewed in emacs org-mode.
# Alternately, one can keep this cheat sheet handy by adding the following line to ~/.bashrc:
# alias cheatsheet=”less ~/”

* Reference:
** Basics:
*** Getting help:

# View the manual for target command
man command

# Get help with a target command (probably the same as above, but not always):
command -h

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March 5, 2014

standup comedies

by Prashant Kumar Sharma


January 1, 2012

2011 in review

by Prashant Kumar Sharma

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,200 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 53 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

March 30, 2011

8 Facts to remember when Drinking

by Prashant Kumar Sharma

Blood alcohol content, or BAC, is a measurement by volume of alcohol in your body. It can be taken with a blood test or with a breathalyzer.

Just The Facts:

  1. An individual’s BAC (Drunkenness) is subject to many variables, and cannot be determined simply by counting the number of drinks consumed.
  2. Alcohol absorbs into your body in your intestines, and it absorbs at a constant rate, no matter how fast or slow you drink.
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February 27, 2011

50 Fight Club Quotes

by Prashant Kumar Sharma

Gentlemen – Welcome to Fight Club. It’s time for change. We have to stop living a boring, robotic life where everything is a copy of a copy of a copy – as Tyler says. We have to wake the fuck up and understand that life is not what they’re telling us. Society is feeding us a lie – and that lie has to stop, today… now. There’s no more time for bullshit, no more time and no more tolerance for mind washing. We want the truth, we want freedom – not slavery.

This site took the red pill – and it will make you take it too. Fight Club is probably the best movie of the last decade – Fight Club is more than a movie and more than a book – it’s a cult, a philosophy that will open your eyes and make you free and strong.

1. “Let’s evolve, let the chips fall where they may”

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February 26, 2011

Secrets behind Body Gestures !

by Prashant Kumar Sharma

Body gestures say a lot about a person – whether they look up or scratch their nose, or even tilt their head. Now, body language expert Peter Collett, author of the ‘Book Of Tells’ talks about the different gestures people make and what they mean.

1.    Scratching nose: When you’re not telling the truth, you instinctively want to cover up the source of the lie – your mouth – so no one can see you’re fibbing. But because that’s too obvious, people disguise it by scratching their nose.

2.    Looking up: If you look up, you’re seeking help from above. People with a sense of self-importance also do it, suggesting they’re in contact with the Almighty. Blinking: It’s a sign someone’s worried, excited or even lying as they’re under stress and thinking very rapidly.

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January 4, 2011

The Meaning of RSVP

by Prashant Kumar Sharma

What RSVP Means

The term RSVP comes from the French expression “répondez s’il vous plaît”, meaning “please respond”. If RSVP is written on an invitation it means

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