Netflix releases a number of movies and series in its catalog each week, without being noticed or officially announced by the platform. Ecran Large reviews the new features added by Netflix from July 22 to 28, 2022, films and series combined in a non-exhaustive list.
What are the films and series not to be missed this weekend on the streaming platform?
the gray man
Available on Netflix – Duration: 2h09
What is it about? When an enigmatic CIA spy uncovers dark secrets, he finds himself hunted around the world by a sociopathic agent who has put a bounty on his head.
Why should you watch it? Quite simply because it's Netflix's new big blockbuster and 90% of the platform's subscribers will probably jump on it since the the algorithm will offer it to everyone to blow up the audience scores. The Gray Manis really not the film of the year, but for a feature film directed by the Russo brothers (incapable filmmakers, but very clever producers), it is rather a little pleasure without the fuss.
The screenplay isn't original (since it blithely pumps Jason Bourne's universe) and the action scenes are as silly as those in the saga Fast & Furious(less ambitious by the way), but there is rhythm and above all a trio of actors who carry the film on their shoulders. If you have to watch The Gray Man, it's especially for Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas and Chris Evans, who demonstrate that with very little, they are able to give energy to a film that is sorely lacking in identity and authenticity. And frankly, for an evening with friends in front of Netflix, The Gray Man will do the job perfectly.
Our review of The Gray Man
a people and its king
On Netflix July 26 – Duration: 2h02
Demonstrate your discontent peacefully.
What is it about? During the French Revolution, a young washerwoman and a drifter join the Parisian working class to see their dreams of emancipation come true.
Why it should you watch it? Historical fresco taking advantage of a substantial budget, Pierre Schöller's latest film tells the story of several years from the storming of the Bastille in 1789, until the death in public square of King Louis XVI in 1793. More than a reflection on the French Revolution, the filmmaker translates above all by the image the bubbling of an exasperated population, and its claim to individual freedoms, which find, more than ever, resonance within the climate current political and social life.
Visual and ambitious show that has found its solstice on the big screen, A people and its kinggives pride of place to the complexity of an era, even if it means giving its plot a few lengths. But the whole thing responds with such energy, largely provided by a panel of actors inhabited by their respective roles (including the late Gaspard Ulliel who delivers a touching performance of sincerity) that the viewer will forgive the footage for its inequalities.
Our review of A People and Its King
The Man internet's most hated
On Netflix July 27 – Duration: 3 episodes
What is it about?A mother embarks on an uphill battle to be the monster behind a revenge porn site featuring compromising photos of her daughter.
Why you have to watch it? If you liked hating the psychopaths of The Tinder Scammerand Don't F**k with Cats, you're most likely going to get carried away with The Internet's Most Hated Man, a three-part documentary series that retraces the most scandalous phenomenon on the Internet, that of revenge porn perpetrated by Hunter Moore in the 2010s.
The series looks back on the investigation led by the mother of a victim who pulled out all the stops to try to bring down the madman who revealed hundreds of intimate photos of non-consenting people. Through numerous interviews, from victims, investigators and the psychopath in question, The Internet's Most Hated Man chronicles the sordid affair that earned Hunter Moore this very self-explanatory nickname.
On Netflix July 27 – Duration: 1h55
What is it about? In a remote town, an ex-cop must step back into the dark world she thought she had left behind when she finds herself embroiled in a murder case.
Why do you have to watch it? Because this Mexican thriller is a change of scenery. While we have been accustomed to Anglo-Saxon thrillers for a very long time and new nuggets of the genre in Europe or Asia have recently impressed us, it is not foolish to also turn to Latin American productions. Here, a female cop nicknamed Pipa must investigate a mysterious death in the small town where she lived in peace until then.
As often in thrillers of this genre, small murders hide heavy secrets and lead to a mountain of consequences. Between uncompromising investigation and drama against the backdrop of ethnic struggles, Pipa wants to place her detective story in a real social theme. The very good Luisana Lopilato embodies a charismatic investigator and lends a new eye to the viewer on problems of American societies to which we are not accustomed and therefore quite fascinating.
On Netflix July 28 – Duration: 6 episodes of 60 minutes
What is it about? When a small plane crashes deep in Canada, the lone survivor must battle the elements, but also against his own demons, so as not to die.
Why do you have to watch it? Because this new survival series will appeal to those of you who like to wonder how long it is possible to last alone in the wilderness without help or technology. True “ woman VS. wild”, Respirer looks a bit like a kind of much shorter solo Lost where an intimate struggle against despair is at the heart of the story .
Breathe seems to extend over six episodes the experience of a survival generally treated in a film using different time frames. Engaging Liv in her memories and traumas, the series seems to link physical hardship to mental condition. Portrait of a modern heroine facing the impossible, Breathe may not be revolutionary, but has the potential to captivate.
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