The most binge-worthy February releases on Netflix, Prime and Disney+.
By Aiden Jewelle Gonzales
Looop Lapeta (Netflix)
Starring Taapsee Pannu and Tahir Raj Bhasin, this comedic romance is a remake of the German thriller, Run Lola Run (1998), but with the quintessential Bollywood touch. The plot, which follows similar story beats to the original, revolves around Savi’s (Pannu) attempts to rescue her inept boyfriend Satya (Bhasin) from the clutches of ne’er-do-wells after he lands himself in hot water because of a gambling debt. In doing so, she stumbles into a time loop and is gifted with three attempts to save his life, creating what Pannu calls “a clutter-breaking take on new age romance” and a “crazy rollercoaster of an entertainer.”
Release date: 4th February
The much-anticipated series featuring the renowned Jack Reacher character from Lee Child’s crime thriller novels, Reacher will span eight episodes and will be based on Killing Child, the first of the 26-book series. The Prime Original will replace Tom Cruise, who played the character on the big screen twice, with Alan Ritchson, a choice fans have lauded as much more in line with the character’s physical description in the books. This season will follow Jack Reacher as he untangles a deadly conspiracy in small-town Georgia, with his expected near-superhuman flair.
Release date: 4th February
Inventing Anna (Netflix)
From the inimitable mind of Shonda Rhimes, who’s brought us cult classics like Grey’s Anatomy and recent phenomenon, Bridgerton, comes Inventing Anna, a limited series based on an article published on New York magazine, entitled “How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People.” The series will follow a fictionalised account of real-life Anna Delvey, a conwoman who tricked New York’s elite into giving her their fortunes by posing as a German heiress, and will be sure to feature plenty of delicious twists and turns, as well as a peek into the lives of America’s glitterati.
Release date: 11th February
Free Guy (Disney+ Hotstar)
Having quietly premiered in cinemas during the height of the pandemic, Free Guy (2021) will be exclusively debuting on Disney+, for those who missed out on experiencing this star-studded action comedy on the big screen. Featuring the likes of Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Utkarsh Ambudkar, and Taika Waititi, the film follows Guy (Reynolds), who is unknowingly a non-player character (NPC) in a video game. Shenanigans ensue when Guy slowly gains self-awareness and deviates from his programming, deciding to create his own story, leading to a film full of laughs and surprising amount of heart.
Release date: 23rd February