The Cell (2000) is an American science fiction thriller movie that was a nice watch on a rainy day. Director Tarsem Singh (The Fall (2006), Immortals (2011), Mirror Mirror (2012)) did an excellent job directing his first movie. The movie contains extreme violence, graphic sexual content with nudity, graphic deaths/mutilation, drug use, bad language and disturbing images. I would recommend this movie to individuals with a strong stomach.
The Cell revolves around Catherine Deane (Jennifer Lopez - Out of Sight (1998), Maid in Manhattan (2002), Monster-in-Law (2005), American Idol (2002)) who is a child psychologist. She helps patients who are in a coma with an experimental treatment that allows her to enter the patient’s mind and try to help them to regain consciousness. Catherine was given an exclusive task from FBI Agent Peter Novak (Vince Vaughn - The Internship (2013), Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004), Wedding Crashers (2005), The Break-Up (2006)) after a serial killer fell into a coma. Catherine has to enter serial killer Carl Rudolph Stargher (Vincent D’Onofrio - Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001), Full Metal Jacket (1987), Men in Black (1997), The Judge (2014)) mind and to find the victim’s location. Carl put his victim in a glass like structure that gradually fills with water with an automatic timer. Catherine is introduced to the innocent and killer part of Carl and see’s how he was abused by his father. Catherine is trapped in Carl’s mind, and now it is up to Agent Peter to enter Carl’s mind and save Catherine.
Will the victim in the water capsule-like structure be saved? Will Peter be able to save Catherine? What will happen to Carl? Will Catherine succeed in changing Carl’s mind/brain into being a better person? Why did Catherine drag Carl’s mind into her own - what is her motive? The movie is filled with a lot of twists which makes it more intriguing. The actors all did a wonderful job with their roles, and the director excelled as well. The sets were nicely done, and the cinematography was good. I did not find many faults about the movie except that it needed an actor that was not a singer. I am used to seeing Jennifer Lopez in romantic movies, and it was just weird to see her in this movie.
About The Cell (2000)
Starring: Pruitt Taylor Vince, Dean Norris, Musetta Vander, Peter Sarsgaard, Dylan Baker, Jake Weber, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, James Gammon, Patrick Bauchau, Vincent D'Onofrio, Vanessa Branch, Calvi Pabon, Jennifer Lopez, Gerry Becker, Jake Thomas, Lauri Johnson, Jack Conley, Jennifer Day, Alan D. Purwin, Alanna Vicente, Aja Echols, Colton James, Elena Maddalo, Catherine Sutherland, Gareth Williams, Vince Vaughn, Tara Subkoff, Glenda Chism, Monica Lacy, John Cothran
Director: Tarsem Singh