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There was a time when Netflix’s original films were a big deal. These were huge events in the days of Beasts of No Nation and Okja. Now, original content is added to Netflix’s vast archives on a daily basis with little to no fanfare, which means that some truly amazing hidden gems are missed by the average scrolling viewer.

However, if you know where to look, you can find badass films that are more than worthy of a recommendation, such as this Norwegian alien comedy that was quietly added over the summer. It received little attention, but it could easily stand alongside great sci-fi classics like Shaun of the Dead.

Here’s why Blasted is a must-see Netflix original and what you should know before you watch.

Blasted, a Norwegian sci-fi action comedy, was released on Netflix on June 28. It begins with a bachelor party weekend in a forest known for UFO sightings, with groom-to-be Sebastian surrounded by friends from all walks of life: his two work friends Audun and Pelle, his boss Kaspar, and his childhood best friend Mikkel.

Mikkel and Sebastian used to be champion laser-tag players (which is obviously important later in the plot), but now that Sebastian has moved on and is climbing the corporate ladder, there’s a bit of a schism between the two friends. Mikkel shows Sebastian the deluxe laser tag vests and guns he imported from Japan, but Sebastian isn’t impressed.

When a friendly paint shot hits an odd-looking stranger, the gang realises there’s no need for mock combat: green-eyed aliens are converting unsuspecting citizens into zombie-like foot soldiers. What is the solution? They seek assistance from Hjrdis, a heavily pregnant police officer (obviously modelled after Frances McDormand in Fargo).

Blasted is littered with pop culture references. The tone is so similar to the late-2000s golden age of bro comedy that delightful references to Teslas and Joe Exotic are almost jarring. Because mid-budget theatrical comedies are becoming increasingly scarce, the old-fashioned broad jokes and bits are surprisingly refreshing.

Then there is the action. The “unusual weapon against alien species” trope is getting old, but you can’t make a film about childhood laser tag prodigies without making the laser guns lethal to the oncoming aliens. Yes, this film hits many of the alien combat survival movie beats, but with its earnestness, it’s more “comfortingly familiar” than “repetitive and tired.”

Blasted harkens back to a simpler era, when all a film needed to succeed was a cast of bros, an unusual circumstance, one good CGI monster, and a fjord full of one-liners. There are no big names (at least not to an American audience), just an indie film vibe with a blockbuster premise. This balance is what makes Netflix original movies so great: we get access to international films with big ideas that we would never have seen otherwise. This concept’s platonic ideal is blasted.

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