While perusing Netflix I, like I am sure many others, took note of all the strange images from movies and TV shows they chose for certain selections. Often times they make no sense when taken out of context. Like the Friends image is Ross wearing a very small "Frankie Says Relax" shirt or for Face/Off it's just Nicolas Cage screaming in prison. If you have no exposure to either of those, you'd assume Ross body swapped with a woman or child and Nicolas Cage is... Well the picture really does sum us Cage in all his glory.
But take certain lesser known project like The Gift or Inconceivable. They look as confused as the perspective viewer as to what the movie is about. Now sure, you have the description you can refer to but it's the initial image that piques your interest and in comparison Next looks like a cop film while the Departed looks like Marky-Mark is making eyes as some lady. It's bizarre.
I thought that perhaps it was a copyright issue with whoever makes the posters maybe but no, Netflix themselves fall victim to the vagueness issue with their own properties. I have no idea why that girl is sitting on a football field but I suppose by the end of it I'll have 13 reasons.
I reached out to Netflix to inquire as to how they pick the images they do for certain shows and by the time I'm writing this piece, I have not received a reply. In the event they do let me know, I will make sure to update with their response. In the meantime, why do you think they do this and what have you found while going through Nextlix that had you perplexed? Let me know. Until then, happy streaming!