Breaking news: audiences enjoy mindless, bone-crunching action. Netflix knows audiences pretty well. Thus it’s no surprise that they’ve picked up Apostle for their service, which comes from Gareth Evans, director of possibly the actioniest action films, The Raid, and its sequel.
The film doesn’t sound too different from Evans’ previous films, a period revenge thriller which follows “a man who travels to a remote island and attempts to rescue his sister after she’s kidnapped by a religious cult. The group demands a ransom for the sister’s return, undermining the man’s resolve to rescue her”.
Dan Stevens (The Guest) will star in the film alongside Michael Sheen, Lucy Boynton, Bill Millner and Kristine Froseth.
Having thrown money at the wall and having very few projects stick, Netflix needs all the help they can get in their film department, so picking up a potentially solid if uninspiring actioner from an established director is a safe, smart move. While it’s not likely to haul them in critical acclaim, it does give subscribers respite from more soul-crushing Adam Sandler comedies.
In related news, Sandy Wexler starring Adam Sandler arrives on Netflix Friday, April 14!