Terrifying Netflix Disaster Film Based On A True Story Has Viewers On The Edge Of Their Seats

By maks in Movies On 26th February 2024

Whether it was getting lost in Netflix's heart-wrenching romance series that had viewers glued to their screens for hours on end, or discovering hidden easter eggs in the streaming service's latest romantic comedy, there's been no shortage of content to indulge in for Valentine's Day.

However, for those craving a shift to something with a bit more edge to cut through the sweetness of the big day, Netflix enthusiasts have a brand new suggestion that's gaining traction.

The buzz is all about "The Abyss" - a bone-chilling disaster movie inspired by real-life events that has everyone talking.

The flick is on Netflix right now. Credit: Netflix

Released in 2023, "The Abyss" was brought to life under the direction of Richard Holm, with a screenplay co-written by Holm, Robin Sherlock Holm, and Nicola Sinclair.

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The narrative centers around the inhabitants of Kiruna, Sweden, who find themselves in a fight for survival following a catastrophic rock burst that poses a dire threat to engulf the entire town.

Kiruna is, in reality, a genuine city, adding a layer of authenticity to the setting of the film.


Yet, as with many cinematic and television productions, the inspiration behind "The Abyss" extends beyond the mere setting.

The film boasts a cast featuring Tuva Novotny as Frigga, Kardo Razzari as Dabir, Felicia Maxime as Mika, and Peter Franzén as Tage, among others.

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At its core, the movie unfolds a sequence of seismic catastrophes. 

Before Frigga, who serves as the security manager at the Kiruna mine, can fully grasp the extent of the devastation, the situation escalates beyond control.


A devastating rock burst in the mine leads to the formation of sinkholes, pushing Frigga to quickly strategize an evacuation plan to rescue as many townspeople as possible.

The film draws loose inspiration from a real incident that occurred four years prior, when mining activities triggered an earthquake in Kiruna, measuring approximately 4.8 on the Richter Scale.

Facebook users are loving the film, but not everyone agreed. Credit: Netflix

The filmmakers, however, took creative liberties, weaving in numerous fictional elements to amplify the drama of the narrative.

It's clear the 2020 mining incident didn't quite lead to the apocalyptic scenario depicted in the movie.

Despite these embellishments, "The Abyss" has sparked lively discussions on the Netflix Bangers Facebook group, with one viewer exclaiming, "This had me on the edge of my seat!"

Another shared their current viewing experience, "Watching it now. So far so good," 

While a third viewer commented, "Yes watched this last night and yes, it's a sitting on the edge of your seat kinda movie."


While the film has captivated audiences on social media platforms like Facebook, its reception among critics and the broader audience has been mixed, as evidenced by an 18 percent audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

John Serba of Decider noted, "The application of a little verisimilitude helps a disaster flick like The Abyss go down a little bit easier," suggesting that a touch of realism can enhance the viewing experience.

Roger Moore from Movie Nation offered a less favorable review, stating: "Entirely too on-the-nose, time and again, as it saunters towards a finale sure to surprise no one, even those it leaves feeling film-comfort-food satisfied at the end."

"The Abyss" is available for streaming on Netflix now, inviting viewers to form their own opinions about this thrilling disaster film.