Netflix It continues to be an inexhaustible source of surprises in the form of films from which not much was expected and, suddenly, they become resounding successes. The last case is ‘troll’a Norwegian production with a menacing and giant digitally animated troll, between 40 and 50 meters tall, emulating King Kong, Godzilla and other similar creatures.
The movie has no known performers. It is a little more his director, Roar Uthaug, since he signed the version of ‘Tomb Raider’ starring Alicia Wikander. The story is quite classic. The special effects are good, but without reaching the digital splendor of Hollywood cinema. But this fantastic-environmental film must have something to have climbed to the top of the views on Netflix.
Premiered on December 1st, it has been played to date for a little over 128 million hours. In Spain, last Tuesday it was the third most viewed film on the platform. Two days later it had dropped only to seventh place, and there it remains in the Top 10 estimated by the chain.
‘Troll’ is already one of the most popular foreign-language movies of all time, one of the top 10 most viewed movies currently in 93 countries around the world.
Taking into account that Netflix measures that popularity quota of a film throughout the first 28 days in which it is available, it has almost two weeks left to continue sweeping and reach astronomical figures. It has already far surpassed another of the surprises of the platform‘Blood Red Sky’, a curious mix of vampires and jihadist terrorism released in ‘streaming’ in July 2021. This small German production was played on Netflix for 110 million hours.
So simple, the story catches. If you have seen ‘Godzilla’, ‘Jurassic Park’ and, above all, ‘King Kong’, the story is not surprising, but immersion in the ancient Norwegian folklore gives ‘Troll’ an extra bonus. No dinosaur DNA or creatures generated by atomic explosions.
The action starts with a couple of climbers, father and daughter, crowning a peak from where you can see the imposing Picos de los Trolls. This is the Trolltindane mountain range, which rises some 1,700 meters above the valley, the goal of many climbers. but in the moviethe mountain has a magical background. The father, a teacher of Norwegian dialect and folklore, tells his daughter to close her eyes and let herself be carried away by her imagination. And young Nora Tideman then sees, carved into the rocks of the mountain range, the sullen faces of several trolls.
20 years later, Nora is a renowned paleobiologist who is called by the Norwegian government when a strange phenomenon occurs. In Dovre, another mountain range in central Norway, a gigantic creature rises from the depths as the mountain is bulldozed to make way for a modern railway track.
Before, a group of protesters shout ‘Let the mountain live’. The ecological discourse is present throughout the entire film, as well as a historical bias on Nordic legends: the violent process of Christianization ended the troll dynasty.
The explosion awakens the giant of stone and moss, and we’ve already messed it up. While she destroys everything in her path towards Oslo, Nora tries to find the right way to counter the threat and preserve the mythology. It’s that simple to become the most watched film of recent times.