A French superhero film, a testosterone revenge movie, a crime thriller, an action comedy… there is something for everyone in our selection of films not to be missed this summer on Netflix.
How I Became a Superhero (July 9)
What is it about ? Paris 2020. In a society where supermen are trivialized and perfectly integrated, a mysterious substance is spreading superpowers to those who do not have any. Faced with increasing incidents, Lieutenants Moreau and Schaltzmann are in charge of the investigation. With the help of Monte Carlo and Callista, two former vigilantes, they will do anything to dismantle the traffic. But Moreau’s past resurfaces, and the investigation becomes more complicated …
Deprived of a theatrical release due to the health situation, How I Became a Superhero ended up on Netflix. A small disappointment for the fans who were impatiently awaiting Douglas Attal’s new film, announced with great fanfare at the 2015 Paris Comic Con. The team even came to present the first images at the 2019 edition.
This blockbuster of 15 million euros has every chance of being the essential film of the summer on the platform. Besides an enticing cast – Pio Marmaï, Leïla Bekhti and Benoît Poelvoorde to name a few – How I became superhero is one of the rare French films to try its hand at the genre.
The Fear Street Trilogy (July 2/9/16)
What is it about ? In the wake of a brutal tragedy in Shadyside, Ohio, a group of teenagers accidentally encounter the ancient evil responsible for a series of brutal murders that have plagued their town for over 300 years.
We are cheating a bit since it is not a film but a horror trilogy that Netflix offers us with Fear Street. A triptych that takes place in three eras: 1994, 1978 and 1666. It is, for connoisseurs, the film adaptation of the eponymous novels of RL Stine (Goosebumps), sold 80 million copies in the world.
The cast remains the same for each film but the pitch changes slightly to adapt to the time: brutal and mysterious murders, witch hunts, serial killers… a great program in perspective! Here again, Netflix is betting on actors from its stable: we will recognize Sadie Sink and Maya Hawke from Stranger Things, Kiana Madeira (Trinkets) or Gillian Jacobs (Love).
The Last Mercenary (July 30)
What is it about ? A former and mysterious secret service agent is back in France to save his son, whom he has never met. The latter is wanted by the government, which plans to arrest him for arms and drug trafficking following a pellet from a zealous bureaucrat and a mafia operation.
JCVD in Netflix sauce, it gives The Last Mercenary, a 100% French and 100% castagne production in which the Belgian actor breaks the bad guy. Expect a healthy dose of action, gags galore, a few big spreads, wigs of all sizes and shapes, plus a motley cast.
Because in addition to Jean-Claude Van Damme, we find on the poster of this comedy directed by David Charhon (On the other side of the periphery) Alban Ivanov, Samir Decazza, comedian Djimo, Patrick Timsit, Eric Judor, Nassim Lyes (still unleashed), Fatsah Bouyahmed or Miou-Miou.
Beckett (August 13)
What is it about ? An American tourist on vacation in Greece becomes the target of a manhunt after a devastating accident …
A few months after Malcolm & Marie, a black and white dramatic film in which he gave the reply to Zendaya, John David Washington returns in a Netflix film. Change of register since it is a detective thriller, directed by Ferdinando Cito Filomarino and produced by Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name).
Casting side, we also find Alicia Vikander and Boyd Holbrook. The American platform, which bought the rights to broadcast the film, has not yet unveiled a trailer. But if you liked the comedian in Tenet, then you probably won’t want to miss Beckett.
Sweet Girl (August 20)
What is it about ? A man devastated by grief promises to punish the perpetrators of his wife’s death, while protecting the only family he has left: his daughter.
A revenge movie worn by Jason “Aquaman” Momoa? We sign! If on paper Sweet Girl is nothing original, it looks like a dark and explosive film, if we are to believe the rare images unveiled by Netflix in this video.
But we see enough of it to say that there will be a good dose of action and fighting. Isabela Merced (Dora), Marisa Tomei (Spider-Man) and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo (The 7 Mercenaries) complete the cast.