Why was 'The Interceptor' the number one movie on Netflix?  'I'm just as confused as everyone else,' says director Matthew Riley.

Why was ‘The Interceptor’ the number one movie on Netflix? ‘I’m just as confused as everyone else,’ says director Matthew Riley.

Spoiler Warning: This story contains a discussion of key “InterCEPTOR” stories and scenes.

first time manager Matthew Riley He admits that he never expected his feature film “The Interceptor” to do as well since its release on Netflix earlier this month. The movie is about a US Army captain (Elsa Pataky) who should prevent a nuclear missile attack launched by domestic terrorists in cooperation with the Russians, climbed to the first place in the top ten list of live broadcasts with almost 50 million hours watched.

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“You just blew me away,” Riley told me Friday morning when I spoke with Over Zoom. “I was hoping to sneak into the top ten on Netflix, but was #1 all over?”

“I don’t think anyone expected the world to be swept by the storm,” he continued, before laughing. “I’m as confused as everyone else.”

Pataki pair production Chris HemsworthRiley co-wrote the script with Stewart Petty (“Obi-Wan Kenobi”).

The “Interceptor” takes place in one place – a floating military base in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, equipped with a defense system that has the ability to intercept nuclear missiles. The film touches on a variety of hot issues, including #MeToo (Pataky’s character’s military career is on hold when a five-star general is fired after she accuses him of sexual misconduct), Russian aggression, xenophobia, and right-wing conspiracy theories. The dialogue is peppered with unforgettable characters, including a soldier (Main Mehta(Satirical to the Bad Guy)Luke Bracey), “I saw you in the bathroom. I can see why you are such a rocket geek.”

Another doozie has a Bracey follower (Aaron Glennan) justifies his terrorist actions by saying: “I’m not a murderer, I’m a ridiculous patriot.”

The torrential bloodshed ranges from Pataki stabbing an attacker in the eye with a pistol to kill another villain with barbed wire.

“I’m very aware of what a movie is,” says Riley, 47, who was born and raised in Australia before moving to Los Angeles a few years ago.

Yes, he did read some brutal criticism of the film on social media. “If you don’t like my movie, say you don’t like mine,” Riley says. “But somewhere in recent years we have come to this very bottom and people saying, ‘I don’t like your movie, so I hate you, so you have to die a painful death’. Miserable and never making movies again.”

He doesn’t let hate get to him. So much so, that he actually wrote a sequel to “The Interceptor”. “Netflix likes it,” Riley says.

Luke Prause and Elsa Pataky in the movie

Luke Brassey and Elsa Pataky in “The Interceptor”. – Credit: Brook Rushton/Netflix

Brooke Rushton / Netflix

Before landing the director’s chair, Riley was the best-selling novelist in action and thriller novels.

“I’ve been writing crazy fast-paced action novels for 25 years,” explains Riley. “I’m pretty well known to have sold them all to Hollywood studios but they’re pretty big. They’re $120 million to $150 million movies. I’ve always wanted to direct, so ‘The Interceptor’ was designed to be shot cheaply in one place. But what I’m going to do is that I give her that energy, that enthusiasm, that madness and the pace of madness.”

Riley said Netflix prevented him from revealing his budget. “Terminator” and “Mad Max,” he said, pointing to my complementary “Terminator” and “Mad Max” if they’d let me do the supplemental part.

Hemsworth makes a cameo in the movie as a cool employee at an electronics store. “Netflix said it wanted to work with Elsa and Chris said he’d be involved in the EP,” Riley says. “It’s normal for someone at Netflix to say, ‘Hey Chris, you might want to be in the movie. “I got Chris straight from the set of Thor. I have to channel him for two hours. He doesn’t mess around. He’s laser focused.”

Will Hemsworth’s character appear in the sequel?

“I don’t want to speak for him but I think the ‘Interceptor’ was once done, but let’s just say the sequel is about 10 times bigger,” Riley says. “If he wants to be in it, I’m sure we can put him in place.” What “.

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