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The all-action thriller from Nicolas Cage storming the Netflix charts

In recent weeks, Netflix has enjoyed a remarkable turnaround in fortunes. While countless news outlets were happy to jump on the streaming platform’s apparent loss of standing with its audience, and the subsequent loss of subscriptions, the streamer quietly went about its business. Now, the platform has announced growth in its share prices after acquiring 2.4 million more subscribers this year. Much of that has been down to a plethora of great new content.

In the main, that content has been created by Netflix itself. Series such as the engrossing Stranger Things and the plain old gross DAHMER, alongside some classic standalone movies like The Gray Man, have gathered fans from across the globe. However, that doesn’t mean Netflix has forgotten its original modus operandi of delivering wonderful films, from every year known to man, direct to your homes.

With a brand new array of content coming to the platform on a daily basis, we have shelves simply bursting with classic titles. Every so often, one of those titles gathers pace and becomes one of the most-watched films of the week. This week, it is the turn of the Nicolas Cage and Lawrence Fishburne all-action thriller Running with the Devil which is storming the charts and grabbing over 6 million hours of viewing along the way.

The original synopsis for the film reads: “The CEO of an international conglomerate sends two of his most regarded executives to investigate why shipments of cocaine are being hijacked and overcut somewhere on the supply chain.” Those two operatives are Fishburne, who is the ass-kicking and bullet-firing side of the equation and Cage, who is more closely akin to Heisenberg.

Full to the brim with tension and double-crossing mayhem, it takes a deep look at the blood, sweat and tears that go into making cocaine available on every street corner in the world. Written and directed by Jason Cabell, this isn’t exactly the most cerebral film you’ll watch this week, but it certainly packs a punch.

Cage is in fine form as the seemingly straight chemist working with the drug barons. however, as the film progresses, the threads start to come loose, and Cage appears to be hiding a little more than meets the eye. It allows the actor to dial into his classically deranged portfolio and deliver some killer lines.

Make sure you watch Running with the Devil on Netflix now.