Extortion (2017)

  • Time: 108 min
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Crime
  • Director: Phil Volken
  • Cast: Eion Bailey, Barkhad Abdi, Bethany Joy Lenz, Danny Glover

Storyline:

When a boating joyride during their Caribbean vacation takes a disastrous turn, a doctor, his wife and their 5 year old son find themselves stranded on a deserted island. Isolated and alone, without food or water for days, they are finally discovered by two local fishermen. But their salvation soon becomes a living nightmare when the fishermen abduct mother & son and demand a ransom for their safe return. Now a desperate father must race against the clock to track down the kidnappers and save his family.

One review

  • Not to be confused with 2015’s Extraction and its similar poster, Extortion is my latest review. With its star in the making locales, its natural character acting, and its gnawing tension that may upset you, Extortion takes the ordinary family vacation and turns it into a plunging nightmare. After seeing this movie, you might want to take heed when hastily visiting the Caribbean. Also, you might wanna ride a jet ski as opposed to any other form of zipped buoyancy.

    The plot of Extortion is fairly original despite the fact that it kinda nods towards films like Cast Away and 1997’s Breakdown. As it begins, your hunch tells you that something really bad is about to happen. Extortion involves a doctor, his wife, and his young tyke of a son. This parentage gets more than they bargain for. Believe it. They go on a warm getaway, they decide to rent an old boat, and they become stranded on a deserted island. Then, a fisherman attempts to rescue them but wants a million dollars in return.

    Directed with relentless verve by Phil Volken, Extortion doesn’t indulge in cinematic gimmicks and moves at a decent clip. Volken has his flick play detective as the story goes off into many stirring directions. He uses overhead shots and some jittery camera-work. Overall, his method is just plain efficacious. His troupers don’t let him down either. Eion Bailey plays with nerve-ending intensity, the protagonist doctor named Kevin Riley. And Barkhad Abdi who’s more creepy here than he was in Captain Phillips, channels the antagonistic fisherman named Miguel Kaba.

    Part thriller, part drama. and part psychological horror fare, Extortion shattered me and I’m sure it will shatter you too. Granted, it doesn’t have a notable lead or a strong marketing ploy. And it’s only being released in U.S. and in the Philippines. Regardless, this thing is still my pick for biggest movie surprise of 2017. It’s cynical, frustrating, nasty, and harrowing. Heck, it’s okay to get “blackmailed” into seeing Extortion. Rating: 3 and a half stars.

    Rating: 3.5 out of 4 stars

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