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By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Violent, poorly made cat-and-mouse serial killer thriller.

Movie R 2022 96 minutes
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This Silence of the Lambs knockoff probably read better on paper, but its twists are marred by cringey production values. Mary Kelly is intended to be a modern-day Clarice Starling, working with a jaded and guarded detective who resents being partnered with a young woman. To get information from a crafty felon mere weeks before his execution, she meets his demands, exposing herself to the mind games he wants to play. It's a familiar premise, but it ultimately takes a very different and far less entertaining turn.

And Mindcage just isn't very well made. The sound is frequently echoey and distant. When Jake and Mary are in the car, it's so obviously in front of a green screen that Toonces the Cat might as well be behind the wheel. And the directorial choice for how to execute the big reveal is so laugh-out-loud ridiculous that you can't help but feel for the cast members. Mindcage is a head slap.

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