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Plot: A young man receives an emergency phone call on his cell phone from an older woman. The catch? The woman claims to have been kidnapped; and the kidnappers have targeted her husband and child next. Runtime: 94 mins Release Date: 10 Sep 2004
A thriller worth watching for its exhilaratingly fast pace, situational humor, and Chris Evans' star-making performance. (by Li-1)
Rating: *** out of **** Gimmicky thriller premises are a dime a dozen. Fox's 24 essentially expounds on that idea every episode without any rhythm or consistency. The real trick is executing the idea with the right panache and skill to weave it all into a fun thriller. So is David R. Ellis' Cellular worthy of Phone Booth acclaim, or is it just another Nick of Time? You just might be surprised to see it's every bit as enjoyable as the former, with only occasional hints at the pure cheese of the latter.Young beach bum Ryan Chris Evans is having just another typical day of sun and <more>
fun at the beach, but his girlfriend Jessica Biel sees his behavior as lazy and irresponsible. To try and patch things up, he promises to run a few errands for her, but on the way, he receives a call on his cell phone from a stranger named Jessica Martin Kim Basinger , a woman who claims she's been kidnapped and is being held in the attic of an unfamiliar house. Her call to Ryan was completely random, but the catch is, she has to stay on the line or the signal may be lost for good.Though initially dubious of her outrageous claims, Ryan quickly comes to believe her after he overhears one of the kidnappers on the phone. Deciding to help out in any possible way he can, Ryan tries to locate her family before the kidnappers do. Unfortunately, obstacles to keeping the phone signal going present themselves at every turn, and Ryan finds he must go through some extreme measures to keep Jessica on the line.It's these obstacles that make up at least half the fun of watching Cellular. Whether it's a dying battery, "typical" close call encounters with the villains, car chases that require driving backwards or on the wrong side of the road, director Ellis keeps the pace lightning fast by presenting every plausible hindrance there is to keeping a cell phone signal alive. That might not be as immediately catchy a premise as keeping a bus above 50 mph, but it's hard to care when the gimmick is delivered with this much fresh skill and energy. Ellis also directed the enjoyable Final Destination 2, proving he has what it takes to deliver straight-faced thrillers in spite of their naturally ridiculous premises.But as terrific a job as Ellis does, it's the cast that keeps the momentum going even when the story starts to sag. As the everyman caught in this horrifying situation, Chris Evans is wholly convincing and immensely appealing as Ryan, playing out an otherwise simple role for all its worth. Most of the movie rests on his shoulders, so it's to no small amount of praise when I say that we eagerly want to follow him through every move of his day-long adventure. Kim Basinger is surprisingly just as good as the kidnapped woman, proving that much like her physical features, her acting skills are improving with age. The other major standout is Jason Statham as the head kidnapper; he's obviously affecting an American accent that's not all that believable, but he brings an intensity to the role that makes him fiercely menacing.The plot boasts the expected coincidences and contrivances that are needed to fuel the story, and most of these are easy enough to accept, but there are admittedly a few nagging problems. While I could reasonably believe that the kidnappers wouldn't tie up Jessica and could also accept that she knows just enough about phones to fix one up well enough to make one call, I found it less easy to swallow that the kidnappers wouldn't at least keep a guard posted right outside or inside her room. No biggie, though.The more bothersome bits involve a few unlikely coincidences that allow a cop played by William H. Macy, who delivers another one of his requisite subtly funny performances to conveniently piece together a number of the clues. Even more troublesome is the climax, which has the unfortunate task of resolving every introduced plot strand, and while the results are still highly entertaining, it comes across a bit messy though ironically finishing things up on a nice and tidy final note .Still, the story makes a lot of right choices when a lesser movie would have simply veered off course for good. A plot twist involving the villains' identities and their motives is smart and surprising. The movie also satisfyingly chooses to reveal its surprise villain halfway through rather than saving it for a silly last-minute unveiling.The film also boasts a good sense of humor, a lot of it coming from Evans, who handles the comic moments with natural ease no real surprise, he was also very funny in Not Another Teen Movie . His best moment comes in one scene where he's in a private school searching for Jessica's kid, flabbergasted over his name which is particularly funny and how identical every student looks in the same brand of clothing. The laughs don't defuse the tension, though, and it's with this fun mixture of suspense and occasional comic ingenuity that makes this a highly recommended thriller.
After watching Phone Booth I really wanted to watch Cellular because it is similar and has the same writer Larry Cohen. When I seen it I just can't explain how much I loved the movie and I knew would of liked it because phone booth is one of my favourite films. Cellular was so amazing about Jessica Martin a high school science teacher & mother who is kidnapped from her home and taken to a mysterious location. Jessica manages to patch together a shattered telephone and secretly places a call to an unknown number in a last-ditch attempt to save herself. The movie was 90 minutes and I <more>
loved every second of it, there was no useless scene and the film kept you guessing until to the very end. Personally I'm a huge fan of mobile phones and that is the main topic of the film. I also really liked a couple of comical characters e.g. The goofy lawyer who lost his car and the 60 year old woman who is dressed up as she is 20 and refused to turn down the music by shaking her shoulders. They were funny but their jokes did not spoil the movie and it was a wonderful idea having them. It is directed by the terrific director David R. Ellis who also made Snakes on a Plane which was the best movie in 2006. Overall Cellular & Phone Booth are the best thrillers ever!
Better Than Most Calls From a Stranger....HA! (by fierypoeticgirl)
Wow! I was so entertained by this film that I would love to meet the writer. I am a writer myself, and this movie made me nervous, laugh, tense, shout for joy...you name it. What an incredible actress Kim is. No one has ever really taken her acting seriously, but I have. She has such talent and class. I bought this movie to watch for whenever life gets a bit slow or dull, just to remind me of what genius writers we have who create such remarkably mind -gripping plots and credible characters !! Every actor in this film was good. But honestly; how can one go wrong with William Macy? He's <more>
such a versatile actor, that I have followed his career for many years and have never been the least bit disappointed. It's a movie that will most definitely keep you wondering what "Ryan" will do next. He's as good as any young movie actor I've seen in the last five years. I almost became "Ryan" I was so into his character. Outstanding!
This was one of my favorite movies of 2004. It featured exhilarating action and was actually quite good. I liked it. A young guy with a penchant for dodging responsibility gets a frantic call from a lady who has just been kidnapped and stowed away in an attic and manages to wire a phone to reach someone. He at first doesn't believe her but then overhears the bad guys return and goes on a frantic chase to help her. I liked all the action and chase scenes and found several humorous moments in it as well. William H. Macy gives a good turn as a cop who eventually tries to help. If you like <more>
suspenseful movies and want to see a good movie, I recommend this one.*** 1/2 out of ****
An essay abridged written for NZ's major business mag. Well received (by omcshane)
Cellular may be classed as a teen-flick, but I had to watch it twice to fully comprehend this finely-crafted film about man-machine intelligence. Science fiction writers have speculated about about man-machine intelligence for decades. Fewer films have been made about machines that extend and enhance human intelligence without being intelligent themselves. Cellular fills this gap. Kim Bassinger plays a High School teacher who is kidnapped, along with her family, by a gang of crims who lock her up and smash the old phone to stop her dialing 111. However, our intelligent blonde knows she can <more>
create dial pulses by clicking the right wires together. Eventually, one of her sequences connects with the cellphone of a young beach boy from the Santa Monica Pier. The film now takes on the pace and tone of Hitchock's North by Northwest as our heroic pair try to foil and ensnare the evil pack of crims. Who will triumph a blonde and a beachboy pair, or the pack of kidnapper/murderers? Surely, it's no contest. The crims are mature, big, professional, and highly trained. They've got guns and lots of cellphones. Our heroic pair's only weapon is their single cellphone. However, the crims use their cellphones the way I do it's just a portable phone. All those programmes remain a mystery. Their models have no image screen. On the other hand, our hero is young, and knows how the systems work. He uses the image transfer and knows how to download into memory. As the film moves on he uses the total system intelligence available to him. Unsurprisingly, his own intelligence begins to blossom too. In what may be one of the great oxymorons of our time, this teen-flick celebrates intelligence in both human beings, and in the systems they design. Of course, sometimes things go wrong and the consequent tension is nail-biting. The film celebrates intelligence, and renders violence helpless. When the big brutal bully attacks Kim Bassinger she doesn't suddenly become an expert in Kung Fu, disabling him with Matrix leaps and Jacky Chan kicks. Instead she dispatches him with one slice of a bit of plastic. When our hero tries to out-fight his own captor in the boat-shed he too soon realizes he is hopelessly outmatched no matter what his beach-boy musculature might indicate. So he turns to his cell phone, which becomes, in his hands, a deadly weapon just by sending a phone call. The young hero comes to realize that he is dealing with techno-dimwits who are don't know enough to implement ID suppressed. Once he gets hold of one of their phones he has all their phone numbers which is more useful than having a gun. And so it goes. I believe this film should have been up for some kind of award but it has gone unnoticed. I only watched "by accident" as the best of a bad lot on Sky that night. It must take some courage to seek finance for a film which mocks violence, celebrates intelligence, has no obscenities, no sex, but has a comprehensible plot, and in which all the dialogue can be heard. What's more Cellular pushes no political barrows. Could this be a sign of movies to come? One hopes so, because such films might also alert a few more of our leaders to the power of these new technologies, which will be the regular world of future generations who actually inhabit the world right now. When the new communications technologies began to influence our lives many pundits anguished over the "digital divide". They assumed that the wealthy elite would be able to take full advantage of these systems while the poor would be left behind. Cellular suggests otherwise the digital divide lies between those who just use the technology and those who use it to boost their own adaptability and intelligence. In the meantime we are stuck with governance by people who believe that electric trains will be the latest of techno-gizmos available in 2011.
Total sleeper -- will surprise and keep you on the edge of your seat (by missesaw-770-220611)
I didn't see this movie until probably 2007. I don't even remember it being advertised. Then someone recommended it for a stormy weekend that most folk were already planning a marathon. Said it was the sleeper of the last 5 years. Ddaaahhhnnnnngggg....could NOT have been more right. I mean Amazon Prime *still* rents it for $4. It's *that* good. It's a buy and keep for sure. I don't want to give away spoilers or more than the synopsis, because *you* need to watch it for the plot twists and superb acting yourself. The script and character development are both amazing. Chris <more>
Evans, William H. Macy and Kim Bassinger give highly praiseworthy performances. And if you think I purposely left out Jason Statham, I did not, so *don't* think you know his type of character acting when watching this movie.If you've read my other movie reviews, you'll know I'm a tough sell to 'animate my suspended disbelief', but this one, I think any of us could see happening in the current news. No point in dragging this out. Just watch it. Enjoy. Thank me later.
Awesome flick! Kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. The plot twists were surprisingly convincing and I didn't have to stretch too far to suspend disbelief. It way outshone my expectations and I found myself swept right up in the action. The acting was superb and the direction kept us moving from nail-biting suspense to laughing at the stereotyped ignorant store clerks, nasty lawyers and others that are encountered at various points in the script. What a great balance of believable and amusing! We had the greatest time enjoying this film. The parts that weren't so <more>
believable were very satisfying and the parts that were believable were incredibly suspenseful. The point is, the whole thing made for a terrific package. No, you won't go home a better person for having seen this. And you won't carry the images with you or ponder great philosophies because of it. It's not a To Kill a Mockingbird of Of Mice and Men, but it is a wonderful escape from all you problems for a couple hours and you'll feel like you've been on the most exhilarating thrill ride you could find in the park! All thumbs up for this one!
I happened to catch this movie during a free-preview weekend on Starz. I had never heard of it, so I did not know what to expect. For the whole duration of the movie, about 90 min., I was at the edge of my seat. The plot takes several unexpected turns and is packed with continuous action, while the characters are very believable. O.k., fine, it does not deal with deep moral issues, if you want a movie that will make you want to go out and change the world this is not it. But if you want an entertaining movie that will give you a big dose of adrenaline, will have you raise yourself from your <more>
seat, I strongly recommend it. By the way, I am not a big fun of horror teenage movies like Scream, I just don't find them believable, and find the characters shallow. The best part about this movie is that you actually feel sympathy for the victims, the plot is probable, and the action scenes do not require that the actors possess superhuman strength. At the end of the movie the only thing I could think of was "holy cow", a response I usually associate with a great roller coaster ride.
I like a movie that takes an idea or a theme or just an amusing gimmick and then runs with it. There is something exhilarating about being able to exhaust the possibilities of an idea without beating the whole thing to death. A great example is GROUNDHOG DAY; just when you think the filmmakers have milked the idea for all it's worth, they take off on a totally new tangent and the film ends up getting better and better. It is a sign that the writer and/or the director are thrilled with the sheer joy of creative exploration. They aren't just playing by the numbers, but are eager to go <more>
beyond expectations. This is film-making as a challenging game.CELLULAR, while not in the same league as GROUNDHOG DAY, is nonetheless a good example of this type of storytelling. This time the linchpin of the story is the cell phone. The filmmakers seem to have made a list of everything that makes cell phones great emergency use, portability, digital photography, etc. as well as what makes them a nuisance ringing at inappropriate times, crossed connections, lost signals, dying batteries, etc. and incorporated both lists into a story. The trick isn't just to gerryrig the list into a story, but to do so in a coherent and plausible fashion. CELLULAR is a crackerjack piece of storytelling. The storyline is unlikely, but not impossible and it all unfolds at a steady clip that makes any loophole or implausibility fly by so fast that the viewer has little time to raise a question. Beyond the gimmickry of the storytelling, the film also benefits from being a solid, efficient, no-nonsense piece of film-making. Directed by actor-turned-stuntman-turned-director David R. Ellis, this is an action-packed thriller that knows the value of blending action with humor and character. Without loosing its manic pace, the film nevertheless takes time for puckish humor and character development. As the damsel in distress, the Hitchcockian innocent man sucked into a web of intrigue and the retiring cop facing his one last case, the actors could have been saddled with one-note, cliché characters. But Kim Basinger, Chris Evans and William H. Macy are given ample room to not only act, but to create characters who are, more importantly, smart. They aren't at the mercy of the complicated plot, they are what moves it along. My one genuine reservation with CELLULAR is that it is destined to become dated so very fast. Technology, the film's driving force, will quickly be its undoing. It brings to mind old episodes of the "Columbo" TV series, where Peter Falk's Lt. Columbo is seen to be in awe of computers and answering machines and video cameras and VCRs, and he has to go into great detail explaining how such gadgets and gizmos work and how they can be used as part of a murder plot. The cutting edge technology of the time now seems so elementary that Columbo's naivete seems rather silly. Yet, the Columbo stories still hold up thanks to clever storytelling and strong characters played by good actors. And from that perspective, CELLULAR just might hold up to be a minor classic, albeit as a period piece.