Cell (2016) Movie Review

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Cell (2016)

2016 | R | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Action
98 minutes / 1h 38min

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Cell Plot Synopsis:

When a strange signal pulsates through all cell phone networks worldwide, it starts a murderous epidemic of epic proportions when users become bloodthirsty creatures, and a group of people in New England are among the survivors to deal with the ensuing chaos after.

Cell (2016) Review

Cell (2016) is an American science fiction thriller-horror film that was shot in Atlanta, Georgia, USA and was based on Stephen King’s 2006 novel, Cell. Director Tod Williams (The Door in the Floor (2004), Paranormal Activity 2 (2010), The Adventures of Sebastian Cole (1998)) did not execute this movie to its full potential. The movie contains bad language, extreme graphic violence, brief sexual content with no nudity, disturbing images, and bloodthirsty zombies. Cell is a cliche to so many other zombie related movies and did not have enough of its own material to stand out from the rest.

Cell revolves around Clay Riddell (John Cusack - Being John Malkovich (1999), 2012 (2009), High Fidelity (2000), 1408 (2007)) fighting off zombies/"phoners" so that he can find his son. Clay was in an airport on his way home when suddenly everyone who was on a phone was transformed into zombies who had a variety of ways to attack people and could run super fast. Clay was trying to escape from a few zombies and ran down the escalator to meet several people on a train. One of those people was Tom (Samuel L. Jackson - Pulp Fiction (1994), The Hateful Eight (2015), Django Unchained (2012), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)) who teamed up with him. They went back to Clay’s apartment and found Alice (Isabelle Fuhrman - Orphan (2009), The Hunger Games (2012), Hounddog (2007), All the Wilderness (2014)) who is Clay’s neighbor.

The movie progresses to being something of an interesting watch to pass the time but is not something that I would want to see again although it did not bore me. We later found out that the phoners/zombies can also send signals through doors to turn whoever else is on the other side of the door into zombies. I was shocked to see the ending of the film which made no sense - Bottom Line, the ending could have been 100 percent better than what it was and had the potential of being so. The first act of the movie was compelling and made me want to see more because it was intense and fast paced with extreme violence, and chaos as our main character tries to find safety. The second act fell short, and the third act can be quickly forgotten as it appears as though the writer did not care to complete the story as it ends abruptly without a proper ending that just did not seem "right." The camera works were terrible, but the actors did an outstanding job with their performances, and the visuals were excellent. Still a sucker for Stephen King movies, though.

  • Cell Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 6
  • Overall Score: 4.12
  • IMDB: 4.3
  • MetaCritic: 3.8
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 1.2

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About Cell 2016

Title: Cell
Year: 2016
Runtime: 98 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Action
Reviewer: Score: 3 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 2.06/5 stars from 20,893 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 20,893 MPAA Rating: R
Cell Cast Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Lloyd Kaufman, E. Roger Mitchell, Rory Healy, Anthony Reynolds, Joshua Mikel, Cal Johnson, Brian Boland, King, Wilbur Fitzgerald, Kathy Walton, John Cusack, Chuck Clark, Andrew S. McMillan, Elizabeth Davidovich, Michael Jaegers, Gerard G. Williams, Tammie Baird, Jennifer Badger, Stacy Keach, Alexander Christopher Jones, Jay Pearson, Isabelle Fuhrman, John Ross, Charles Casey, Mark Hicks, Shaker Sangam, Stephen Conroy, Wenzell Washington, Carl Kyle F.
Cell Writers: Stephen King, Adam Alleca
Cell Director: Tod Williams
Production: Saban Films
Language: English
Country: USA