‘The Silencing’: the action-thriller climbing the Netflix charts
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'The Silencing': the action-thriller climbing the Netflix charts

If we had a dime for every time a blast-from-the-past action flick starts getting surprising traction on Netflix, we wouldn’t exactly become rich but would have one heck of a story to tell for sure! And this week it is a film starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

Netflix audiences worldwide are tuning in for the adrenaline-pumping ride that is The Silencing, an action-thriller that has recently stormed into the sixth spot on the global Netflix top ten list of films. This success is mirrored in the United States, where it has claimed an impressive third place on the chart.

Directed by Robin Pront and featuring a screenplay by Micah Ranum, the film stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, best known for his role as Jamie Lannister in Game of Thrones, alongside Annabelle Wallis and Hero Fiennes Tiffin. 

Released through DirecTV Cinema on July 16th, 2020, and later hitting theatres and video-on-demand on August 14th, 2020, The Silencing has finally found its audience on streaming.

What is The Silencing about?

The plot of The Silencing revolves around Rayburn Swanson (played by Coster-Waldau), an alcoholic hunter who is haunted by the disappearance of his daughter, Gwen, years earlier. The Gwen Swanson Sanctuary, named in her memory, becomes a battleground when Rayburn teams up with Sheriff Alice Gustafson (Wallis) to track down a murderer with a chilling modus operandi.

As the story unfolds, impossible twists and turns start coming up. The hunter becomes the hunted as Rayburn discovers a sinister plot involving kidnapped girls. The film really has it all—from terrible fake accents to dirty, dumb cops—propped up by hilariously bad writing, direction, and equally hammy acting from most of the cast.

If you have a really bad hankering for some Coster-Waldau, you can tune into this mindless binge. But be aware it won’t do much to quench your Jamie Lannister thirst.

You can watch The Silencing on Netflix and catch the trailer here: