Netflix This Weekend

(Above: Chris Hemsworth in ‘Extraction.’ Source: YouTube video)

This weekend Netflix debuts a Chris Hemsworth action thriller and several shows, including Ricky Gervais as a grief-stricken misanthrope in season two of the dark comedy, After Life.

Today, April 24

Extraction

A black-market mercenary (Chris Hemsworth) wades into the underworld of weapons dealers and drug traffickers to help rescue the kidnapped son of an imprisoned international crime lord.

Shot in India and Thailand, the two-hour film also stars Stranger Things’ David Harbour, Rudhraksh Jaiswal, Randeep Hooda, Golshifteh Farahani, Pankaj Tripathi and Priyanshu Painyuli.

Sam Hargrave directed Joe Russo’s screenplay.

After Life (season two)

A local newspaper writer (Gervais) must cope with life following the death of his wife (Derek’s Kerry Godliman). In the first season, after contemplating suicide, he decided to continue living in order to punish all by saying and doing whatever he likes. He proclaimed his new-found nastiness as a “super power.” Meanwhile, his family and friends try to resurrect the previous nice-guy.

In the six-episode second season, although still grieving and facing the possibility that the local newspaper will close, he tries to become a better friend to those around him.

The cast also includes Downton Abbey’s Penelope Wilton, Tom Basden, Tony Way, David Bradley, and Agatha Raisin’Ashley Jensen.

Gervais also created, wrote, directed and co-executive produced After Life.

Love 101 (season one)

In this flashback teen drama set in 1998 Turkey, a group of 17-year-old misfits scheme to have their favorite teacher fall in love with their school’s new basketball coach. In the process, they discover love for themselves.

The cast includes Kubilay Aka, Kaan Urgancıoğlu, Alina Boz and Pinar Deniz.

The eight-episode series is in Turkish with English subtitles.

Sunday, April 26

The Last Kingdom (season four)

This British historical fiction drama is based on Bernard Cornwell’s book series The Saxon Stories.

It’s set in the ninth century, when England’s seven separate kingdoms try to fend off the plundering Vikings. Ultimately, the Kingdom of Wessex remains the last kingdom standing against the invaders.

In season four, Alfred (David Dawson), who seeks to unite England, suffers from deteriorating health. It therefore falls to Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon) to confront a new threat from a Danish warlord.

The Last Kingdom’s first season premiered on BBC America in 2015. Starting with season two, the series moved to Netflix when the streamer became its producer.

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