This Justin Timberlake Thriller Has Become the New #1 Movie on Netflix

A twisty murder mystery

Justin Timberlake in 'Reptile.'
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Another day, another film that’s shot to the top of Netflix's list of most-watched movies. Because the streaming service releases numerous new titles every month, we keep our eyes peeled to see which ones are resonating most with viewers. Now, it appears that the dark thriller Reptile, which premiered on September 29 and which features an all-star cast, quickly picked up steam over the weekend.

Reptile follows detective Tom Nichols (Benicio del Toro), who is put on the case when a young real estate agent gets brutally murdered. However, while Tom thinks the prime suspect is the victim’s boyfriend, Will (Justin Timberlake), he discovers a web of lies wrapped around the case that makes things much more complicated.

In addition to The Usual Suspects star and the former *NSYNC member, Reptile features another ’90s icon in its cast—Alicia Silverstone (Clueless), who plays Tom’s wife and helpful confidante, Judy.

The twisty thriller was directed by Grant Singer, who makes his film directorial debut. In the past, Singer has been best known for directing pop music videos for the likes of Sam Smith (“How Do You Sleep?”), Lorde (“Green Light”) and The Weeknd (“Starboy”). Singer also co-wrote the script with Benjamin Brewer and star del Toro.

Right now, the film has an 80% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, based on over 250 ratings from viewers. Currently, Reptile is sitting above other recent Netflix hits like Love is in the Air and Spy Kids: Armageddon. It also surpassed trending hits like Identity Thief, Last Vegas and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

A number-one film starring three major stars of the ’90s? Sounds like a serious nostalgia trip.

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