The Cell (2000) Movie Review

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The Cell (2000)

2000 | R | Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi
107 minutes / 1h 47min

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The Cell Plot Synopsis:

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 F.B.I. Agent comes to ask for a desperate favor. They had just tracked down a notorious serial killer, Carl Stargher, whose method of operation is to abduct women one at a time and place them in a secret area where they are kept for about forty 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 Stargher's damaged personality poses dangers that threaten to overwhelm her.

The Cell (2000) Review

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.

  • The Cell Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 5.68
  • IMDB: 6.3
  • MetaCritic: 4.0
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 4.6

About The Cell 2000

Title: The Cell
Year: 2000
Runtime: 107 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.84/5 stars from 87,770 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 87,770
MPAA Rating: R
The Cell Cast Starring: Pruitt Taylor Vince, Dean Norris, Vincent D'Onofrio, Dylan Baker, Musetta Vander, John Cothran, Alan D. Purwin, Jake Weber, Peter Sarsgaard, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Jennifer Day, Patrick Bauchau, Jack Conley, Jennifer Lopez, Jake Thomas, Gerry Becker, James Gammon, Tara Subkoff, Glenda Chism, Lauri Johnson, Monica Lacy, Joy Creel, Leanna Creel, Kamar de los Reyes, Christopher Janney, Tim, Nicholas Cascone, Roger Ferreira, Joe La Piana, Colton James
The Cell Writers: NA
The Cell Director: Tarsem Singh
Production: New Line Cinema
Language: English
Country: USA, Germany