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This brand new high-octane thriller on Netflix has everyone buzzing

SAS Rise of the Black Swan

Judging by the trailer, the new action thriller on Netflix that’s landed on the streamer’s Top 10 chart looks like a paint-by-numbers affair that leans heavily on special effects, explosions, and the like, but ultimately leaves you feeling bereft if it’s a good story you’re after. I wouldn’t have guessed that enough Netflix subscribers would check out SAS: Rise of the Black Swan, starring Sam Heughan and Ruby Rose, but that’s just me. Sometimes it’s quality you’re after as a movie fan. Other times, it’s mindless cinematic ephemera. It takes all sorts to make the world go round.

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SAS: Rise of the Black Swan — now streaming

From Netflix’s summary of the film: “A special forces operative traveling from London to Paris with his girlfriend takes action when armed, ruthless mercenaries seize control of their train.”

Critics so far seem to think the movie is pretty middling. It’s got a 53% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 17 reviews thus far. Like one from an NME writer, who laments that the movie is “so close to being fun that it’s a real shame to see it let down by a lousy script, lazy directing and enough army cliches to fill a dozen Call Of Duty cutscenes” (sounds like my suspicions might have been on the mark here, *cough cough*).

At any rate, the audience score on Rotten Tomatoes for SAS: Rise of the Black Swan (74%, based on more than 250 ratings thus far) is much better. And probably reflects why the movie is so high on Netflix’s combined Top 10 chart right now. Which includes the most-watched movies as well as TV shows across the platform. One Twitter user even raved this week about the film thus: “Just finished watching SAS: Rise of the Black Swan … incredible! Loved watching @SamHeughan. highly recommend!!!!”

What else is trending

In terms of what other movies are crushing it on Netflix right now, meanwhile, here’s the latest data we have from the streaming search engine service Reelgood.

Reelgood, on both a weekly and monthly basis, shares with BGR a snapshot of what its millions of users are watching at any given moment in time. This new data covers the week of August 25 to August 31. Below, you’ll find the most-watched Netflix movies among Reelgood’s users over that time period. And you can also check out some of our previous posts about the titles below (here, here, and here).

  1. The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf
  2. Sweet Girl
  3. Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed
  4. He’s All That
  5. Beckett
  6. Black Island
  7. The River Runner
  8. The Last Mercenary
  9. Inception
  10. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
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Andy Meek is a reporter who has covered media, entertainment, and culture for over 20 years. His work has appeared in outlets including The Guardian, Forbes, and The Financial Times, and he’s written for BGR since 2015. Andy's coverage includes technology and entertainment, and he has a particular interest in all things streaming. Over the years, he’s interviewed legendary figures in entertainment and tech that range from Stan Lee to John McAfee, Peter Thiel, and Reed Hastings.