The new thriller, 365 Days: This Day, has topped Netflix’s global rankings to become the most-watched film on the platform right now.
Netflix has released a weekly list detailing its most popular films over a seven-day period since November 2021. To do this, the streamer ranks titles based on weekly hours watched – i.e. the total number of hours of subscribers worldwide watching each title between Monday and Sunday of the previous week – and Netflix routinely shares four separate lists; two for movies (English and non-English) and two for TV shows (English and non-English).
365 Days: This Day had a week of stellar viewing figures, clocking in at nearly 78 million total hours, almost four times the amount racked up by next entry, action-thriller Silverton Siege, which been viewed for just under 20.3 million hours.
Quite often, Netflix movies and shows enjoy such numbers through word of mouth popularity or critical acclaim, with properties often building momentum with subscribers. It must be the first in the case of 365 Days: This Day, because the critics totally despise it…
It’s a bit strong isn’t it?
No. 365 Days: This Day managed to score 0% on Rotten Tomatoes – which is quite an achievement. This figure puts it in a select list of 41 films to receive the rating, along with Jaws: The Revenge, Highlander 2: The Quickening, Jim Carrey’s terrible thriller, Dark Crimes and 365 Days – the film of which this new one is a sequel – among them.
Katie Rife of RogerEbert.com described it as “barely a movie”, instead calling it “…the emotionally bankrupt identity of late capitalism, a brain-dead miasma of choreographed sex”, while Kate Erbland from IndieWire called the film’s plot “gross”. , violent, violent, misogynistic”.
So it seems likely that 365 Days: Today’s review has at least made Netflix subscribers curious enough to watch it…
What are these movies?
Loosely based on Blanka Lipińska’s trilogy of novels of the same name, 365 Days is a Polish erotic thriller that follows Laura Biel, a young woman on vacation with her boyfriend in Sicily in an effort to save their relationship. While on vacation, Bienne is kidnapped and imprisoned by Massimo, a man who saw her on a beach five years earlier and has been looking for her ever since.
Massimo tells Biel that he will keep her prisoner for 365 days, a period of one year to fall in love with him.
In the sequel, Massimo’s dark plan appears to have worked as the couple are now married, but the kidnapper has Mafia connections, complicating their lives.
A third installment, tentatively titled Next 365 Days, is due out later this year.
A win is a win for Netflix…
Lots of people watching something is never a bad thing for a streaming service, but we’re sure Netflix would much rather have its subscribers watching their megabuck lineup of original movies, as opposed to something like Fifty Shades Of Gray made by the creative team behind The Room.
As TechRadar’s Axel Metz pointed out last week, Netflix is starting to have a problem with quality control. With recent news of their loss of subscribers and a series of high profile cancellations, the streamer absolutely needs to gain new converts and the way to do that is with great, high-quality content offers, not by being home to problematic erotic thrillers. .
Netflix, we’re sure, looks like you can do both, and the nearly 90 million viewing hours that 365 Days and its sequel have racked up are not to be sniffed at. It seems hard to believe that seniors at the streaming service would want these movies to be the ones everyone is talking about…