Star-studded political thriller reveals Netflix’s conspiracy of success
One of Hollywood’s most entertaining subgenres is the star-studded political or legal thriller, for no other reason than the immense pleasure that can always be derived from watching a series of big names get drawn into a conspiracy that has tend to involve long monologues, one or two gasping chases, and lots of serious talent scenes coming and going within the confines of a smoky room.
Sadly, it’s not really the kind of movie the industry tends to make so often anymore, but one of the best efforts of the 2000s at least saw a serious surge in popularity on Netflix. According to FlixPatrol, Inventory is one of the 20 most viewed titles on the platform across the world, having jumped nearly two dozen places since yesterday.
Ben Affleck plays a burgeoning political star, who finds himself at the center of an investigation when his assistant and mistress are found dead, after which a series of secrets threaten to derail his reputation, career and life. Russell Crowe plays an old friend and die-hard journalist, who goes into the breach in an attempt to find out what’s really going on, even though he may not like what he finds.
Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren, Robin Wright, Harry Lennix, Jason Bateman, Jeff Daniels, Viola Davis, David Harbor and many more complete the supporting cast, with the end result being a gripping story full of twists and turns, one that subscribers were clearly drawn to their numbers.