A Forgotten Hilary Swank Thriller Is Now Netflix’s Number One Movie

Hilary Swank stars in Fatale, the number one streaming movie on Netflix

By Steven Nelson | Published

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Hilary Swank has had about as accomplished a career as any talent could ever hope for, playing a wide variety of roles, from action to drama and everything else in between. So it’s not all that surprising to see her at the top of the streaming charts even if the movie might have gone unnoticed at the time. That’s because Fatale, an enthralling thriller, is currently the most-watched movie going on Netflix.

Hilary Swank’s thriller Fatale is the number one streaming movie on Netflix in the United States

Deon Taylor is in the director’s chair for this film which takes viewers on a rollercoaster ride of suspense, deception, and unexpected twists, making it a must-watch for fans of the genre. And fans of Hilary Swank will especially want to tune in here with the full array of her talent on display.

In Fatale, Hilary Swank stars as Detective Valerie Quinlan, a skilled investigator whose life takes a startling turn after a chance encounter with Derrick (Michael Ealy), a successful sports agent, during a business trip to Las Vegas. What begins as an innocent meeting evolves into a night of passion, changing the course of both their lives forever.

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Hilary Swank and Michael Ealy

When Derrick returns to his normal routine, he quickly realizes that his one-night stand with Valerie has set off a chain of events that spirals into a web of deceit, betrayal, and danger. Valerie’s intricate plan to manipulate Derrick’s life becomes apparent as he finds himself framed for a crime he didn’t commit. 

As the walls close in around him, Derrick is forced to navigate a series of twists and turns in a desperate attempt to clear his name and uncover the truth. In this way, Hilary Swank is playing a bit against type, manipulative and cunning, clearly well into the role of sly antagonist.

The film takes viewers on a journey as Derrick races against time to untangle the mysteries surrounding Hilary Swank’s motives and his own involvement in the events that follow. The suspense builds as secrets are revealed, allegiances shift, and the characters are pushed to their limits.

Hilary Swank in Fatale

Swank’s performance as Detective Quinlan is as captivating as the suspenseful narrative itself. Her portrayal captures the complexity of a character who is both enigmatic and determined, which will have you questioning things until the very end. 

Released in 2020, Fatale garnered a range of reviews from critics and audiences alike. The film’s suspenseful storytelling and Swank’s strong performance were highlights for many, while others found aspects that could have been further developed. It’s currently sitting at 44 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

As with any thriller, personal preferences play a significant role in shaping one’s enjoyment of the film. If you are a fan of Hilary Swank, you can likely get on board here. But there are some paint-by-the-numbers plot elements as well.

Hilary Swank Is One Of The Most-Accomplished Talents Around

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Hilary Swank’s career has been defined by a series of powerful and diverse performances that have solidified her as a respected and accomplished actress in Hollywood. She first gained widespread recognition for her breakout role in the 1999 film Boys Don’t Cry, in which she portrayed Brandon Teena, a transgender man. Swank’s transformative performance earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress and showcased her ability to fully immerse herself in complex characters.

Following her Oscar win, Swank continued to make her mark with roles that demonstrated her range as an actress. Her role as Maggie Fitzgerald in Million Dollar Baby (2004) alongside Clint Eastwood further solidified her status as a powerhouse performer, earning her a second Academy Award for Best Actress. In this film, Swank portrayed a determined boxer under the mentorship of Clint Eastwood‘s character, delivering a raw and emotionally charged performance that resonated with audiences.

Hilary Swank won an Academy Award for Best Actress for Million Dollar Baby

More recently, Hilary Swanks has taken on television roles with more regularity. There is ABC’s Alaska Daily which has her starring as a New York journalist who moves to Alaska when she feels her life needs something of a (cold) new start to it. She was also in the Netflix sci-fi drama Away which did garner her some critical acclaim.

Next up for Hilary Swank is the movie The Good Mother which does look like it takes the actress back into a bit of a darker role. She’ll play a mother whose son was murdered and she now needs to make an uneasy alliance with his pregnant girlfriend played by Olivia Cooke.

Fatale offers a gripping exploration of trust, manipulation, and the consequences of our choices. With its suspenseful narrative and Swank’s compelling performance, the film delivers an intense and engaging viewing experience.

So, if you’re in the mood for a suspense-filled ride that will keep you guessing until the very end, consider adding Fatale to your Netflix watchlist. Get ready for a night of cinematic intrigue that will leave you on the edge of your seat.