The current trend at Netflix is thrillers. We’d already told you about Oxygène (a French thriller starring Mélanie Laurent) and La Femme à la forêt, a thriller in which a woman who loves to spy on her neighbors comes across a scene she should never have seen and now on to another thriller climbing the trend ladder to make it into the top 5 on Netflix. We’re taking stock of this new movie, inspired by real-life events, to know what it’s really worth.
The new thriller that’s a hit on the platform
You may have heard of the new South African thriller that is making a splash on Netflix: I’m All Girls (I’m All Girls in their Original Version). The latter was posted on the platform on May 14, 2021 and is inspired by real events. Directed by Donovan Marsh, we experience hell trafficking in human beings. The summary revealed by Netflix reads as follows: A relentless policewoman finds common ground with an assassin who systematically attacks the criminals at the head of a giant child trafficking ring.
More precisely, the thriller begins with a review. In 1994, Gert de Jager kidnapped six young girls in Johannesburg who were never found. De Jager was acting on behalf of a corrupt politician, and these young girls are being sold to people in high positions within the Iranian state. Years after that fact, the new anti-trafficking unit understands that the discovery of new corpses mutilated by pedophiles is once again linked to the Gert de Jager affair. The hunt then takes a new turn. As you can imagine after reading the synopsis, this thriller has multiple axes, especially the trauma related to sexual abuse.
What am I really worth to all girls?
I’m all the girls have, has a lot of elements of classic thrillers, both good and bad. After reading the thriller’s synopsis, we were disappointed to learn the identity of the angry killer so quickly (even if it allows tension). We would have preferred to understand this a little later in the story and not at the very beginning of the film.
As for the pace of the thriller, we enjoyed the action scenes and some nice aerial shots, but the generally slow pace of the thriller may not appeal to everyone. However, we have to give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar: the two leading actresses wear this new thriller as best they can and convey their feelings to us very well. As for the bottom line … we’d be lying if we said we didn’t expect it. As a guide, at the time of this writing, IMDb has rated the thriller I’m All the Girls with 5.5 / 10 and 1,046 votes.
A thriller based on a true story
If there’s one thing we love about I’m All the Girls, it’s that the script was drawn from a true story. The film itself gives no indication of the exact elements that led to the writing of the story, but we note a great many similarities (too many to be just a coincidence) with the story of Gert van Rooyen, a South African pedophile and serial killer, who kidnapped two girls, ages 10 and 13, in 1979 and then sexually assaulted them.
The man was sentenced to four years in prison and released after serving only three quarters of his sentence. He will repeat it from 1988 (as far as we currently know) and make at least six sacrifices, including the bodies that were never found. Gert van Rooyen and his partner committed suicide after their last victim escaped and could therefore never be judged. The thriller I Am All the Girls draws many elements from the life of Gert van Rooyen and thus illuminates a dark story that continues to haunt the families of the victims. The man isn’t in our top 10 greatest psychopaths in history, but he could have been there.
In the end, do you expect me to be All the Girls on Netflix? We let you answer our survey as well as in our comment area!