Netflix’s top 10 movies list is an important way to see what users are watching and what’s popular at any given time. As awards season heats up, summer blockbusters are hitting streaming platforms and more new films are becoming available for audiences to watch at home. Brad Pitt’s hit summer film fast train was one of those films. It quickly gained popularity, climbing to number one on the Netflix list. However, in an unexpected twist, an underrated Hugh Jackman/Jake Gyllenhaal film overtook him, and the film came out nearly 10 years ago.
In this week, fast train dropped to #2 when prisoners rose to number one in the popularity list (via Netflix (opens in new tab)). The film was just added to the platform and released in 2013. At the time, the film was critically acclaimed and a financial success. In addition to Gyllenhaal and Jackman, the film also stars Paul Dano, Viola Davis and Terrence Howard. In addition, there are many heavyweights behind the scenes. prisoners is led by dune Helmer Denis Villeneuve and acclaimed cinematographer Roger Deakins are the cinematographers on the project.
prisoners follows the kidnapping of two young girls on Thanksgiving Day in a small town. Gyllenhaal plays the detective on the case trying to find the girls, and the father of one of the kidnapped girls is played by Jackman. The father takes matters into his own hands and locks up one of the suspects he believes may have kidnapped his daughter. It’s a gritty thriller with multiple twists and turns that’s sure to keep you on your toes.
Even if it seems so prisoners would be an obvious hit for Netflix users, given its cast and other A-list talent behind the screen, there are several reasons why this is so surprising. prisoners came out nearly a decade ago and has been accessible to audiences in a variety of ways over the years fast train was only seen in cinemas until recently. It’s surprising that such an old film gets such attention. However, this could be a way for a new audience to discover such a great film, especially if they were very young prisoners hit the scene first.
Another reason prisonersNetflix’s shocking success lies in its content. fast train is an instant crowd pleaser with an explosive premise and exciting graphics. The film is a very fun ride and has a mass appeal that is sure to attract a wide variety of viewers to watch films with their families during the holiday season. prisoners is a completely different movie. It’s extremely dark, very difficult to watch at times, and has a notoriously ambiguous ending. Although it was incredibly successful prisoners is a bit of a shame, so maybe not for everyone, especially around the holidays. On the other hand, dark, gory material is on the rise at Netflix, so this might just go without saying.
You can catch both fast train and prisoners currently streaming with a Netflix subscription. For more information on other films coming to the platform this year, check out CinemaBlend’s 2022 Netflix film release schedule.