Sometimes you don’t want to watch costume drama unfold, or thespians work hard to get noticed in award season, or a visionary veteran filmmaker deliver their thoughtful, heartfelt magnum opus.

Sometimes you just want to see guys punching the shit out of each other, shooting off machine guns and blowing stuff up real good!

More recently, as I have become time poor by becoming a parent twice in three years, I find it’s the latter type of movie I gravitate more towards. My entire life is compressed into the three hours between the kids going to bed and me calling it a night with work in the morning. With time that limited I just cannot be bothered to spend it with anything too highbrow anymore. I just want to crack open a beer and be entertained.

Netflix’s latest feature presentation, Extraction, is as if they realised exactly what I need and then delivered it with as little messing around as possible.

Chris Hemsworth stars as the heroically named Tyler Rake.  He’s a broken man (well, of course he is!) who also happens to be a kick-ass mercenary (well, of course he is!) who gets picked up for an impossibly dangerous mission (well, of course he does!).

No mess, no fuss. Just action and gunplay and explosions against the amazingly grimy backdrop of Dhaka in Bangladesh as he finds himself in the middle of a drug war and a kidnapping.

The movie is directed by stunt coordinator Sam Hargrave, and produced by the directors of the last two Avengers movies and Captain America: The Winter Soldier Joe & Anthony Russo.

You can sense the Russo’s calm hand in this, while director Hargrave sets himself out as one to watch with some really good use of continuous single shots during action scenes. There is dynamic camera work to make you feel each punch and bullet at times. There is one extended sequence that makes you feel like you are inside a Call Of Duty game, or a passenger in a pursued car.

The more technically gifted among you in the audience may have some nitpicks with how some of this is achieved, but I was too busy having fun to care.

Let us be clear here. This is not a Stanley Kubrick or David Lean movie. It’s the guys that brought us Avengers: Infinity War letting a director who knows his way around action sequences do his thing, starring their old friend Thor. It does exactly what it says on the packaging. Nothing more. And in a lot of ways it’s a better movie for it.

It doesn’t try to be something it’s not and plays within itself the whole time for the most economical of man-movies! It’s a tried and tested method that Netflix use well. It also harks back to the mid-budget action smashers of the 80s and 90s. Something sorely missed in this age where every movie costs $200m and has to be part of a shared universe.

It’s not going to get five stars, because it doesn’t think it deserves them or tries to convince you otherwise.  It knows exactly what it is and is very successful at that.

David Harbour, Derek Luke, Fay Masterson, Golshifteh Farahani and newcomer Rudhraksh Jaiswal co-star. Hargrave and Joe Russo co-wrote the script. Hemsworth, Mike Larocca, and Eric Gitter also produce.