Thriller movie becomes Netflix's most-watched film globally

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By Asiya Ali

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Netflix's new thriller movie, Society Of The Snow, has become the streamer's most-watched film globally.

The Spanish-language film, which has been selected to represent Spain at this year's Academy Awards, racked up an impressive 51 million views after 11 days, according to Variety.

The movie was released on January 4 and has already gone on to be in the top 10 list for 93 countries including France, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, and the US - even sitting at the number one spot for Netflix UK.

Society of the Snow chronicles the Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571, which is a chartered plane that crash-landed in the Andes mountains on its way from Montevideo, Uruguay to Santiago, Chile on October 13, 1972.

Watch the Society of the Snow trailer below:

The JA Bayona directional is based on Pablo Vierci’s 2009 book of the same name, which contains accounts of all 16 survivors of the crash - many of whom Vierci knew as children growing up.

Three crew and eight passengers sadly died on impact, another five within hours, and one more a week later. Tragedy struck again on the 17th day of their ordeal when an avalanche completely buried the plane, filling it to within one meter of the ceiling - leading to the deaths of eight more passengers.

A total of 45 people were on board the aircraft. Of those, 19 passengers were members of the Old Christians Club rugby union team, while the others were their friends and family members.

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The Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 crash-landed in the Andes mountain Credit: Bettmann / Getty

The remaining travelers faced freezing conditions in the snowy Andes mountains, with temperatures dropping to an astonishing -35 C. They took shelter within the undamaged fuselage by creating a makeshift wall using suitcases, plane fragments, and seats, per The Independent.

Food was a massive issue for everyone as all that remained was insufficient supplies such as chocolate, sweets, nuts, crackers, and some alcohol - however, that was consumed very quickly. The group then began eating leather from luggage and seat cushions.

It was at this point that the members realized that their inhospitable conditions could not continue and they needed something stronger for their survival - so they decided to eat the corpses of their dead friends, despite struggling with that idea.

The survivors were rescued two months later after survivors Canessa, Nando Parrado, and Antonio 'Tintin' Vizintín decided to hike through the mountain range in an attempt to get help. They stumbled across Chilean herdsman Sergio Catalán, who gave them food and then contacted the authorities.

On December 22, 1972, helicopters began evacuating the remaining 14 survivors at the camp. Due to the terrain, only half of the survivors were able to be saved that day so four rescuers volunteered to stay behind with the remaining seven for one more night. The next day, they were all flown out.

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Survivors Carlos Paez Rodriguez, Nando Parrado, and Roberto Canessa on the red carpet for The Society Of The Snow in September 2023. Credit: Kate Green / Getty

The incredible story has sparked praise on social media, with one user on X (formerly Twitter) stating: "Wow this film, scary to think people actually went through that. Absolutely balling my eyes out."

Another said: "'Society of the Snow' is a tragic story, and it leaves me devastated at the end. An epic survival thriller that shows the true meaning of a hope. Amazing performance by all the actors that emotionally grips you."

A third added: "#SocietyOfTheSnow on Netflix is a fantastic film, go watch it right now the cinematography and sound design on this is A1, its a bit early but this might just be Netflix's best film of 2024, also has the most realistic plane crash I've ever seen 9/10."

In addition to being a Netflix hit, the movie was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes and has been longlisted at the BAFTAs for the Film Not In The English Language category. It has also been shortlisted for four Academy Awards, including Best International Feature, Make-up and Hairstyling, Original Score, and Visual Effects.

Society of the Snow is available to watch on Netflix now.

Featured image credit: Juan Naharro Gimenez / Getty

Thriller movie becomes Netflix's most-watched film globally

vt-author-image

By Asiya Ali

Article saved!Article saved!

Netflix's new thriller movie, Society Of The Snow, has become the streamer's most-watched film globally.

The Spanish-language film, which has been selected to represent Spain at this year's Academy Awards, racked up an impressive 51 million views after 11 days, according to Variety.

The movie was released on January 4 and has already gone on to be in the top 10 list for 93 countries including France, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, and the US - even sitting at the number one spot for Netflix UK.

Society of the Snow chronicles the Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571, which is a chartered plane that crash-landed in the Andes mountains on its way from Montevideo, Uruguay to Santiago, Chile on October 13, 1972.

Watch the Society of the Snow trailer below:

The JA Bayona directional is based on Pablo Vierci’s 2009 book of the same name, which contains accounts of all 16 survivors of the crash - many of whom Vierci knew as children growing up.

Three crew and eight passengers sadly died on impact, another five within hours, and one more a week later. Tragedy struck again on the 17th day of their ordeal when an avalanche completely buried the plane, filling it to within one meter of the ceiling - leading to the deaths of eight more passengers.

A total of 45 people were on board the aircraft. Of those, 19 passengers were members of the Old Christians Club rugby union team, while the others were their friends and family members.

wp-image-1263245192 size-full
The Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 crash-landed in the Andes mountain Credit: Bettmann / Getty

The remaining travelers faced freezing conditions in the snowy Andes mountains, with temperatures dropping to an astonishing -35 C. They took shelter within the undamaged fuselage by creating a makeshift wall using suitcases, plane fragments, and seats, per The Independent.

Food was a massive issue for everyone as all that remained was insufficient supplies such as chocolate, sweets, nuts, crackers, and some alcohol - however, that was consumed very quickly. The group then began eating leather from luggage and seat cushions.

It was at this point that the members realized that their inhospitable conditions could not continue and they needed something stronger for their survival - so they decided to eat the corpses of their dead friends, despite struggling with that idea.

The survivors were rescued two months later after survivors Canessa, Nando Parrado, and Antonio 'Tintin' Vizintín decided to hike through the mountain range in an attempt to get help. They stumbled across Chilean herdsman Sergio Catalán, who gave them food and then contacted the authorities.

On December 22, 1972, helicopters began evacuating the remaining 14 survivors at the camp. Due to the terrain, only half of the survivors were able to be saved that day so four rescuers volunteered to stay behind with the remaining seven for one more night. The next day, they were all flown out.

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Survivors Carlos Paez Rodriguez, Nando Parrado, and Roberto Canessa on the red carpet for The Society Of The Snow in September 2023. Credit: Kate Green / Getty

The incredible story has sparked praise on social media, with one user on X (formerly Twitter) stating: "Wow this film, scary to think people actually went through that. Absolutely balling my eyes out."

Another said: "'Society of the Snow' is a tragic story, and it leaves me devastated at the end. An epic survival thriller that shows the true meaning of a hope. Amazing performance by all the actors that emotionally grips you."

A third added: "#SocietyOfTheSnow on Netflix is a fantastic film, go watch it right now the cinematography and sound design on this is A1, its a bit early but this might just be Netflix's best film of 2024, also has the most realistic plane crash I've ever seen 9/10."

In addition to being a Netflix hit, the movie was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes and has been longlisted at the BAFTAs for the Film Not In The English Language category. It has also been shortlisted for four Academy Awards, including Best International Feature, Make-up and Hairstyling, Original Score, and Visual Effects.

Society of the Snow is available to watch on Netflix now.

Featured image credit: Juan Naharro Gimenez / Getty