Catharine Deane is a psychotherapist who is part of a revolutionary new treatment which allows her mind to literally enter the mind of her patients. Her experience in this method takes an unexpected turn when an FBI agent comes to ask for a desperate favour. They had just tracked down a notorious serial killer, Carl Stargher, whose MO is to abduct women one at a time and place them in a secret area where they are kept for about 40 hours until they are slowly drowned. Unfortunately, the killer has fallen into an irreversible coma which means he cannot confess where he has taken his latest victim before she dies. Now, Catherine Deane must race against time to explore the twisted mind of the killer to get the information she needs, but Starghers damaged personality poses dangers that threaten to overwhelm her.
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It's not another SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. Although it tries. THE CELL sportsaflashy look, but is hollow behind the neat surface.Despite some stunning visuals, the far-fetched plot and surprisingly weakperformances of Lopez and Vaughn make this a rather emptypromise.
What can I say ?? The only DVD I have ever brought that I turned off half way! Don't think about this movie ,its waste for time and money also its a silly story .
This summer has not produced many movies worth seeing, but this is one ofthem! Not just the 'special effects & pretty faces', this is a visual workof art. It has enough of a story to keep you interested, not too gory,nothing too jumpy, but lots of killer/thriller excitement. I read a review"Matrix meets Silence of the Lambs"....and I thought it was a bit tongueincheek....but its right on.
Style over substance... The Cell is a great example of that. However, I waspleasantly surprised that there was in fact more substance to this storythan other reviewers have led me to believe. There _is_ an interestingpremise in this film and even though there is no real depth here, The Cellis certainly no worse in the "substance-department" than other Americanserial killer thrillers. The story isn't exactly brilliant, but it was morethan enough to keep me interested in the characters and the plot through thewhole film.The visuals are, of course, dazzling in this movie. It's impressing to saythe least. Some scenes look more like paintings than scenes in a movie. Thisalso makes the film very fascinating.The acting... Well, Jennifer Lopez is in it and she's not a very talentedactress. She's okay, I guess, but I would have wanted another actress toplay Catherine. Vince Vaughn is okay, but Vincent D'Onofrio once againdelivers a great performance. He was brilliant in films like Full MetalJacket and The Whole Wide World and he is brilliant in this film as well.(7/10)
The following is in My opinion and may contain spoilers.I really wanted to like The Cell. The good things that people say aboutthis film such as great visual effects and great acting by the film'sactors maybe true and the killer may have looked bizarre and the musicis good by Howard Shore but that is all that is great about this film.Why don't I like it? Simply because this movie show its sucky scenes.It seems like the film can't make up its mind if it wants to showdisturbing things or if it wants to show happy things. The film shouldhave in My opinion took a different turn with the story. Why must therebe Clive Barker like stuff in this movie? Some of the things were justcompletely unnecessary. Only see The Cell if you like really strangethings like the killer hung by hooks and other weird things in filmsotherwise stay way from this worthless junk!
This is an original and intriguing horror movie. It circles around aninteresting idea, being able to be in someone else's mind, and develops itwell. Lopez quite sucks but overall movie definitely worth seeing. Thevisuals of the movie is very well done.
Jennifer Lopez is a psychiatrist who uses a process of neuromed feedback toenter the mind of another person whilst in a technology-induced semi-sleepstate. After working for a while on the mind of a child she is trying tobring back from a coma, she is asked by the FBI to probe the mind of apsychopath who has been knocked unconscious in order to find the woman hehas captured. This gives the storytellers the chance to use special effectsto the hilt whilst probing the darkest fantasies one incredibly sick f*ck.Horror and sci-fi fans are not likely to be disappointed.
People thought "Lawnmower Man" was a visual treat, but it doesn't hold a candle to this one. This movie has a better story as well. The first time I saw this I thought it was weird and I forgot about it. Then in subsequent viewings on television I began to realize it was underrated. The more times I saw it I began to appreciate the acting more. The visuals were always great. I now intend to buy a copy of the DVD. Vincent D'Onofrio is underrated as an actor and this movie is certainly underrated for what it offers in the way of a serial killer mystery. Fans of movies like "Manhunter" and "Silence of the Lambs" will probably appreciate it. If you enjoy this be sure to catch "The Thirteenth Floor".
This is, indeed, a very fantastic film if you rate films merely by their visual merits. And it deserves serious praise for it's visual style. This movie is great to look at. And what makes it more remarkable is that a lot of the visual effects are done in-camera, meaning they weren't done by CG experts, but by expert cameramen. The story, while interesting, was a little thin though. Another reviewer called it "edge of your seat." I would say, if you've seen your fair share of thrillers, that's an overstatement. If this DVD had no track for the script and you could appreciate it with only the sight and music, it would be a great instrument for film students and fans. As a Jennifer Lopez fan, I hate to say it, I wasn't that crazy about her here. The role just didn't fit the usually spunky type of characters she portrays. As a result, it felt like a stretch and was tough to go with.See it. Buy it, if you want to go over the visuals. Don't worship it.
This movie defies normal conventions and much of the storytelling is done visually. The plot is easy to follow but the real meat of the movie is contained in the visual scenes. Much like foreign films, The Cell is much more ambiguous and non literal than mainstream American films. You could even say that the plot is pedistrian and cliche, but the heart of the movie is how the visuals are executed. You are drawn into serial killer, Carl's mind. D'Onofrio's persona disappears and you are left with the madman and the lost, vulnerable abused human. Vince Vaughn is compelling enough to carry his scenes and doesn't overact. J.Lo is also low key although I don't think she can convey the complexities of her character. She does her job but doesn't go deep enough to make it an outstanding performance. Beware of strong violent images. If you can stomach it though, you may see an original, beautifully designed film. I'd rather see gore in this context rather than the low brow slasher/horror type flicks.
Here we got a dvd with Jennifer Lopez. Its a strange movie. That's for sure. In this movie you follow jennifer lopez helping mentally insane people by a machine. By a machine? yesss there is a matrix side of this movie. She enters the peoples mind with a machine, how original? Well a serial killer is busy with? yes killing people.... but just when the feds want to catch him he falls into a coma. But there is still a girl trapped by the serial killer on a not known place.. This is where our jennifer comes and she travels in the killers sick mind. You find this movie great or you hate it. The dvd is good.
This movie was phenomenal...great visual effects...great story line. Ifyouliked "The Silence of the Lambs," you will love this movie, however, thismovie was way more mentally disturbing than Lambs. HighlyRecommended!!!
I went to see this having read a number of reviews here in England that werenot very favourable. This coupled with an IMDB user rating below 7 and thefact that the director specialised in music videos meant that I went to seeThe Cell without great expectations. I'm happy to say it far exceeded what Iexpected. I've seen the film described as a cross between The Matrix and Silence ofthe Lambs. This is quite an accurate appraisal. The Cell is an originalhorror movie - a rare beast these days. Originality is something I valuehighly in horror films and this is different to any horror movie you've everseen.The character development of the Lopez character and agent Novak is ratherlacking and some of the main questions the film is seeking to answer couldhave been given solutions on a more psychological level. This is not aclassic movie or even a horror classic, but it's better than another slasherflick (ironic or otherwise!)Be prepared for some very disturbing, dark images. For me, much worse thananything Se7en or Silence of the Lambs had to offer.You need to steel yourself for this one, but it's worth theeffort.
The Cell is not half as good as it thinks it is. Though the basic premiseof the movie is quite good, I just couldn't relate to any of the characters. They are all bland and cold, we don't know a thing about them, and franklywe don't care (at least I didn't). Also the visuals aren't really thatgood. The trip when Vaugn goes to save Lopez was a complete rip off fromthe one in '2001' and most of the other set-pieces were just boring. Theyalways reminded me of the video for 'Firestarter' by The Prodigy, and Ireally hate that song.The Cell will probably get a cult following, but it will never be a matchfor 'Silence of the Lambs' or 'Se7en'Most Memorable Movie Moment: J-LO showing us why it's a bad idea to getnipple piercings.Rating: 5/10
I admit it; the only reason I went to see this movie is because I love looking at Jennifer Lopez (what man doesn't?). But I did grow out of that and I tried to look at the movie for what it was, but it was hard. I seriously couldn't tell what this movie is about. All I could understand (if I'm right) was that Jenny played a woman named Catherine who went into this virtual world to fight a demon. It didn't say why she was doing it, or what would happen if she DIDN'T do it, for example. Every time I watched the movie, it made less sense.
I walked out after 50 minutes because the images I was seeing were upsettingme and it didn't look like things were going to get better any time soon. Iguess this is a tribute to the film's "power," but what I saw just seemedlike gratuitous grossness. The film had nary an idea in its pretty/uglylittle head and seemed proud of it. A break. To me. Give.
This must easily be the dumbest movie ever made. If one didn't have the pleasure to look at Jennifer Lopez - it would be unwatchable. Unfortunately, the mind of the director works very much like the mind of the perverted serial killer - he enjoys showing a girl drowning in desperate circumstances; and the one moment which would be really interesting to see, where Jennifer Lopez is supposed to connect with the kid, she is all hiding behind operatic costumes... most of the audience walked out of this one, when I saw it in the theatres. Tarsem, the director of the movie, is a world reknown commercials guy. But unlike Spike Jonze, who's in the same commercial league but did not opt to bring amazing but meaningless imagery to his first movie (BEING JOHN MALKOVICH), this director indulges in his images and pays scant attention to story, characters, empathy and believability. Ultimately, it's a forgetable and soon to be forgotten attempt.
Does the mind consist of nothing more than an endless series of electrical impulses traveling at high speed from synapse to synapse? If it's only circuitry then where do our memories reside?What if a non-material world exists within each one of us. A world of our own making comprised of every though, every emotion, every experience encountered in the outside physical world. And if such an interior landscape does exist would it be possible for others to enter into that space and interact within the environment in the same way we do in the collective, outside world? Such is the premise of director Tarsem Singh's psychological thriller, 'The Cell.' Jennifer Lopez plays the part of Catherine Deane, a child psychologist working in a new, highly experimental field of study designed to allow the mind of the therapist to psychically link with the mind of the patient, thereby allowing the therapist to enter into their interior world in an attempt to facilitate a cure to their problem from the inside out.This highly dubious practice is about to face its biggest and most dangerous challenge when Carl Stargher (Vincent D'Onofrio), a schizophrenic serial killer is brought to the research center in a comatose state. Just moments before his captured by FBI agent Peter Novak (Vince Vaughn) Stargher suffered a rare psychotic breakdown making him unreachable by any known medicial procedure. To complicate matters, it's believed that a recently missing young girl is his latest victim. Evidence seems to indicate that she is still alive, but they only have 48 hours to find her before it's too late. Will Catherine agree to enter into the depraved mind of this serial killer in an attempt to discover the location of the missing girl? And if she does what psychic dangers await in Stargher's perverted kingdom where his ego reigns supreme?'The Cell' is a lush, lavish production creating an interior world that is absolutely mesmerizing. unfortunately the rest of the production doesn't quite match the visuals. All and all an enjoyable watch and because of the intense subject matter it's sure to draw a large cult following.
Jennifer Lopez, and I almost hate to say this, is not actually bad in thismovie. In fact, she turns a rather good performance. The story is extremelywell thought through, and the locations of other peoples minds provides forsome dazzling backdrops and costumes. The suspense of the slow execution ofthe serial killers final victim provides a healthy amount of tension, andthe film doesn't get lost in the fantasy element, enough of the story isfocused on the real world. It can be quite violent, and isn't scared toexplore some of the gorier side of the serial killers' mind. It also leavesyou with enough of a doubtful mind to wonder a bit longer than the titles.Not bad for an evenings watch.
Out of all of the J.Lo films(10) that I have seen, this is my on the the top 3 favorites along with Selena and Out Of Sight. The Cell can certainly make up for other bad movies that she had made including Anacondas, Gigli, and Angel Eyes. Not only is she perfect for this eerie and visually stunning thriller, her vulnerability really worked for the role of a child therapist trying to help the police to track down a missing girl abducted by a Psycho killer(Vincent D'onofrio). She is very exotic in some of the costumes she wore when she was in the mind of the killer. She was an angel for a moment, and a mistress or assasin the next. The makeup and costumes of D'nofrio are also shockingly elaborate. Along with the dream-like sets and bizzare sound effects, making it a very stimulating experience to watch this film. However, there are some very gruesome scenes that are very hard to digest, including the slicing of the horse, the self-destructive behaviors, and the autopsy seen inside the mind of the killer. This is a very unique movie, because it's a blend of horror, suspense, and sci-fi.J.Lo held her own in this movie, while Vincent D'nofrio gave a scene-stealing performance. His role is so much challenging than Vince Vaughn's(a cop). His character is very traumatized and became a split personality case filled with evil inntensions. Marianne Jean-Baptiste, who was so brilliant in Mike Leigh's Secrets And Lies, had a minor role here, and she was severely underused.