New Disaster Thriller Topples Netflix Movie Charts: “Claustrophobes need not Apply”

Netflix The Abyss

Every week, it’s almost like a guessing game to see what seemingly random title is going to top the Netflix charts. It’s not that it’s inconsistent, more that I am absolutely terrible when it comes to speculating what will or will not resonate with audiences.

Case in point? Richard Holm’s The Abyss, a Swedish disaster thriller that is presently sitting pretty at Number One on the Netflix streaming charts. Audiences love disasters, and as a fan of Norweigan offerings The Wave and The Quake, I can’t really blame them. Scandinavian destruction just hits differently. Check out a trailer and synopsis for The Abyss below:

Per Netflix: Frigga tries to balance her risky job as a security manager in the Kiirunavaara mine with her family life, her new love, and her ex, who doesn’t want to let go. But when the ground suddenly starts to shake under their feet, the puzzle of life doesn’t matter and the struggle to not be pulled into the abyss begins.

While The Abyss isn’t a true story, per se, the town of Kiruna where the film is set is. Additionally, Kiruna was hit by an earthquake in 2020. More terrifying? The town really is sinking. Residents and Swedish officials have been slowly moving Kiruna about 3 kilometers to the east since about 2004, reportedly hauling entire buildings over. It’s an arduous process, however, and the 2020 earthquake considerably slowed efforts. Think of it like that Spongebob episode.

“We should take Bikini Bottom and push it somewhere else.”

Fans have flocked to The Abyss, though curiously, its chart-topping status hasn’t stopped it from earning a grim 17% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. Check out what fans are saying about the Netflix hit below:

Expectedly, it’s been polarizing fans. It’s what the best disaster thrillers do.

What do you think? Have you had a chance to check out The Abyss on Netflix yet? What do you think? Let me know over on Twitter @Chadiscollins. Also, if you want a really good disaster thriller, watch The Tower. Thank me later.



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