Viewers of Netflix’s ‘Fatal Affair’ Starring Nia Long and Omar Epps Have Mixed Opinions
Netflix’s new sexy thriller starring Nia Long and Omar Epps is finally here. The genre is new for Long but Epps has some experience. Long and Epps star as college friends who reconnect after 20 years with a moment of passion leading to sick turn of events. Viewers of the film have mixed reactions.
What is Netflix’s ‘Fatal Affair’ about?
Fatal Affair was released on Netflix on July 16. The film marks the third film Long and Epps co-starred in together. The psychological drama follows David (Epps) as a crazed and obsessed attorney, who intentionally gets a job at the same firm as Ellie (Long). The two have a brief and passionate encounter that David wants to move forward. David stalks and harasses Ellie, with her learning just how deranged David is.
In an interview with The Oprah Magazine, Long admitted that the roles were initially written for white actors. Long convinced Netflix that the film would work with two Black actors, noting diversity and inclusion are necessary for films. Long also served as a producer on the film.
“Netflix and the producers supported that, and we started to make changes to the script just so it felt like my voice, and there were certain things that we changed to accommodate who I am and then to accommodate the rest of the cast,” she told the magazine.
Long was excited to switch lanes with her role in Fatal Affair. Long is known to star in romantic comedies and dramas. She was also excited to work alongside Epps again.
“Omar is like my brother, so when I read the script he was the first person I thought of,” she said. “This is a different genre for both of us. I thought it would be really interesting for him to play a character that was twisted and delusional and really scary. I’ve never done a thriller, and I wanted some good back-up so I called my friend Omar.”
Fans react to Netflix’s ‘Fatal Affair’
When the trailer for Fatal Affair initially dropped, fans of Long and Epps were exited for their on-screen reunion and to see them in a different element. The film is currently trending on Netflix, though reactions for the film have been mixed.
Fans took to social media to express that they are disappointed in the film. One fan on Twitter likened the film to a melodramatic television film. Others say the film was rushed and lacks quality.
“Fatal Affair was basically a Lifetime movie, but on Netflix,” one wrote.
Singer and reality star, Tiny Harris, gave her take on the film on social media.
“I thought the acting was terrible myself from some of them,” she wrote under the comment section of a poll from Freddy O.
“Very predictable,” wrote another.
Others enjoyed the film, but felt they’d seen similar movies before.
“It’s good but it similar to the perfect guy and when the bough breaks,” one wrote on Instagram.
“It was a good movie,” another commented.
“Decent but we’ve seen this same story in about 5 other movies already,” another wrote.
Fatal Affair is available for streaming on Netflix and currently is trending at the No. 1 spot on the streaming platform.