Jessica Alba dominates Netflix with new movie ‘Trigger Warning’
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Jessica Alba dominates Netflix with new movie 'Trigger Warning'

It’s well-known that one of the easiest ways to guarantee a hit on Netflix is to put an established star front-and-centre in a gun-toting action movie. Lo and behold, lead actor and producer Jessica Alba is the latest beneficiary after Trigger Warning shot to the top of the charts.

The strategy continues to be among the most bulletproof weapons in the streaming service’s arsenal, with the Hollywood directorial debut of Indonesian filmmaker Mouly Surya following in the footsteps of Jennifer Lopez’s The Mother and Atlas, Gal Gadot’s Heart of Stone, and Charlize Theron’s The Old Guard by becoming the newest female-fronted action movie to debut at number one.

Alba headlines as Parker, an elite special forces operator who returns to her dusty hometown of Creation after her father is killed in what appears to be a mining accident. Taking over her old man’s bar, the soldier soon becomes increasingly convinced that his death was far from an accident, especially when Jake Weary’s Elvis Swann establishes himself as her principal antagonist.

He’s also the brother of Mark Webber’s local sheriff Jesse who happens to be a former love interest of Parker’s, with ‘Brat Pack’ alumni Anthony Michael Hall completing the triumvirate of unsavoury characters as their father and corrupt United States senator Ezekiel.

As popular as original action flicks tend to be on Netflix, an unfortunate recurring theme is that the majority of them don’t tend to be very good. While Trigger Warning does boast several well-shot and expertly-choreographed set pieces crafted by the 87Eleven stunt team and Thunder Road production company heavily involved in Keanu Reeves’ John Wick franchise, it’s hardly going to be remembered as one of the streamer’s best.

That being said, viewers can’t seem to get enough after Trigger Warning rocketed right to the summit of the most-watched list in its debut week, with a massive 45.9 million views having been notched since its premiere on June 21st.

For comparison’s sake, second spot on the list went to Shannon Tindle’s animated superhero film Ultraman: Rising, which was way behind with 16 million views. That makes Trigger Warning almost three times more popular than any other movie on Netflix in the last week, which constitutes a hit in every sense of the word.

It remains to be seen if it can maintain that position in the coming days, however, especially when the majority of the company’s in-house actioners tend to start strong and then experience a drastic drop-off in viewership.