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Director Of Netflix’s Number One Movie Confused As To How It Got There

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Director Of Netflix’s Number One Movie Confused As To How It Got There

Netflix's new number one movie has shot to the top so quickly that its director is confused by its success.

New film Interceptor was only released at the end of May, but has already gone straight to the top of the charts on Netflix.

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Director Matthew Reilly has been 'blown away' by its success after the film was released to Netflix on 26 May. In an interview with Variety, he said: "I was hoping to sneak into the top 10 on Netflix, but coming in at number one everywhere? I don’t think anybody was expecting it to take the world by storm. I’m just as confused as everybody else."

Interceptor follows the story of a US Army Captain JJ Collins, played by Elsa Pataky, who is the last person standing on a remote missile defence base. She wages a war against domestic terrorists in cahoots with Russians who are aiming 16 stolen nuclear weapons at the US.

Interceptor, the new Netflix hit, stars Elsa Pataky. Credit: Netflix
Interceptor, the new Netflix hit, stars Elsa Pataky. Credit: Netflix

Discussing how he came up with the top hit, director Reilly explained how he co-wrote it with his friend Stuart Beattie: "I’ve been writing bonkers fast-paced action novels for 25 years. It’s very well known that I’ve sold them all to studios in Hollywood but they’re too big. They’re $120 million to $150 million movies. I’ve always wanted to direct, so Interceptor was designed to be filmed on the cheap in a single location. But what I would do is give it that energy, that enthusiasm, that bonkers gonzo pace.”

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While the film is sitting at the top of the list on Netflix, it has left viewers with mixed reactions. Some are full of praise for the fast paced action flick, whereas others claim it's a 'waste of time'.

The film has risen to the top of the charts on Netflix, but it's also gathered some hate on social media. Credit: Netflix
The film has risen to the top of the charts on Netflix, but it's also gathered some hate on social media. Credit: Netflix

One fan wrote: "You don’t have to watch Interceptor on Netflix. I’m trying to save your time here."

"Couldn't finish Interceptor on Netflix. Sorry but it was so bad", said another.

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A third tweeted: "Interceptor on Netflix has to be the worst film I’ve ever seen."

A fourth added: "Halfway through Interceptor on Netflix. Man this is some terrible stuff. I can’t wait to keep watching!"

However, Reilly said he's aware the movie has gotten some hate on social media, but it doesn't warrant the abuse it's getting: "If you don’t like my movie, say you don’t like my movie. I don’t mind that. But somewhere in recent years, we got to this extreme bottom end and people who say, ‘I don’t like your movie, therefore, I hate you, therefore, you should die a painful miserable death and never make movies again'."

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: Netflix, TV and Film

Niamh Spence
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