The mindless John Malkovich mystery thriller storming Netflix
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The mindless John Malkovich mystery thriller storming Netflix

Wake up, folks! A new mindless mystery thriller just dropped on Netflix, and it is already raging in the top ten films chart globally.

Mindcage, a 2022 supernatural mystery thriller directed by Mauro Borrelli, has not only intrigued viewers but has also found itself in the top ten films in 18 countries on Netflix, including unexpected territories like New Zealand and Nicaragua.

The film featured Martin Lawrence in a non-comedic role alongside Melissa Roxburgh, John Malkovich, Robert Knepper, Jacob Grodnik, and Aiden Turner. Malkovich had a whole cult film named after him but nestles in just as comfortably in corny films that are more paycheck than passion for any performer of his calibre.

Mindcage revolves around Detectives Jake Doyle (Martin Lawrence) and Mary Kelly (Melissa Roxburgh), who find themselves in a race against time when a copycat murderer emerges. To crack the case, they seek the assistance of an incarcerated serial killer known as the Artist (John Malkovich). As Mary delves into the Artist’s seemingly brilliant yet twisted psyche, the detectives become unwitting players in a diabolical game of cat and mouse.

If you were wondering about the meaning behind the title, you do not need to dig too deep. Borrelli explained very simply to CBR, “It is basically the prison of the mind. That’s what it is. Can the mind really be confined in a prison? Can you cage the mind?”

Released through Video on Demand (VOD) and in select theatres on December 16th, 2022, Mindcage has gained widespread popularity on Netflix. However, it has also faced its share of criticism. Mindcage mainly received negative reviews from critics upon release. Some drew unfavourable comparisons to iconic thrillers like The Silence of the Lambs and Seven

Despite this, the film has managed to captivate a global audience on the streaming giant and even garner 14.7 million hours viewed. You can watch Mindcage on Netflix to unburden your mind of any heavy-duty activity for a while and catch the trailer here: