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Horrifying Netflix disaster film based on a true story has viewers on the edge of their seats
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Horrifying Netflix disaster film based on a true story has viewers on the edge of their seats

The new Netflix action-thriller has viewers hooked

If you've watched one too many rom-coms to mark Valentine's Day last week, Netflix's new action-thriller could be the perfect next watch.

Whether it was Netflix's emotional romance series which viewers binged in a day or the streaming giant's brand new rom-com which people have spotted some hidden easter eggs in, it's safe to say there's been no shortage of stuff to watch to mark Valentine's.

But for those after something much darker to whet their appetite following the big day, Netflix fans have come to the rescue with an all new recommendation.

The flick is on Netflix right now.

The current talk of the town is The Abyss - a horrifying disaster film that is actually inspired by a true story.

Originally released in 2023, The Abyss is directed by Richard Holm and written by Holm, Robin Sherlock Holm, and Nicola Sinclair.

The story revolves residents of Kiruna, Sweden, who are struggling to survive after a catastrophic rock burst that threatens to swallow up the town.

Kiruna is in fact a real city, so nothing is fictional about that.

However, as is the case with a lot of film and TV shows, The Abyss' inspiration runs further than that.

As for the cast, The Abyss stars the likes of Tuva Novotny as Frigga, Kardo Razzari as Dabir, Felicia Maxime as Mika and Peter Franzén as Tage.

Essentially, the action flick features a series of seismic events, but before Frigga, a security manager at the Kiruna mine, can understand the damage it has caused, it's unfortunately far too late.

Devastatingly, a rock burst in the mine leads to sinkholes, with Frigga having to figure out how best to evacuate the town and save as many people as possible.

The real-life story the film is loosely inspired by took place four years ago, when an earthquake was triggered by extraction activity in the local Kiruna mine.

The earthquake reached around a 4.8 reading on the Richter Scale.

Obviously, the filmmakers massively deviated from this by adding in lots of fictional elements to dramatise the movie, and I think we can safely say the earth did not begin to swallow itself as a result of the 2020 mine disaster.

Still, the film has been a hot topic of conversation on LADbible's 'Netflix Bangers' page, with one viewer commenting: "This had me on the edge of my seat!"

"Watching it now. So far so good," a second added.

"Yes watched this last night and yes, it's a sitting on the edge of your seat kinda movie," a third remarked.

Facebook users are loving the film, but not everyone agreed.

While viewers on Facebook are loving The Abyss, critic and fan reviews are not as kind, having been slapped with an 18 percent audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

"The application of a little verisimilitude helps a disaster flick like The Abyss go down a little bit easier," Decider's John Serba said.

While Roger Moore from Movie Nation penned: "Entirely too on-the-nose, time and again, as it saunters towards a finale sure to surprise no one, even those it leaves feeling film-comfort-food satisfied at the end."

The Abyss is streaming on Netflix now.

Topics: Netflix, Entertainment, Film and TV