Here's a collection of films which take place entirely or almost entirely over the course of a 24 hour period…
If the signal dies so does she
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.
I can believe all the stupid things the film throws at you, but the I don't believe that Nokia breaking. I call bullshit on that
Cellular is one of those movies that could only have been made in roughly the last fifteen to twenty years, hanging as it does on the concept of mobile phone communication. David R. Ellis brings the same kind of somewhat cheesy aesthetic from his Final Destination contributions to this thriller, lending it an odd blend between moments of trauma & violence and outright silliness as Chris Evans races around LA to try and save Kim Basinger's kidnapped housewife after a chance call to his cell phone. The actual plot itself is distinctively average & basic, with the cell phone hook the only real difference that makes it stand out in any way. It's also frequently mad as a box of frogs, lacking…
The 2000's saw not one but two high gloss phone based thrillers written by Larry Cohen. Of the two Joel Schumacher's "Phone Booth" is the superior film but this one has a similar high energy execution and its borderline comedy approach makes it a very fun watch. Some movies have plot holes this has chasms throughout, but it all just adds to the b movie charm of the thing. William H Macy steals the show in a minor role as a police officer/aspiring day spa owner, but everyone here is good except for a crazy bad literally phoned in performance from Kim Bassinger.
An interesting premise, but an average film.
You could have a great beer and pizza night with director David R. Ellis' films (the Final Destination films, Snakes on a Plane and now Cellular). Get your friends round, roll some joints, drink some brewskis (or, if you're like me, alone with a Coke and a box of doughnuts. In my pants) and have a good time. Leave your brain at the door entertainment, with Jason Statham getting to use his iffy American accent, William H. Macy as a cop who dreams of opening his own health spa(!) and a pre-Captain America (and Human Torch) Chris Evans being hot and heroic and stuff. Mindless fun.
The kind of smart/dumb genre exercise that constantly rides the line between non-stop homage to well-worn genre tropes and delirious parody of those tropes. Every mid-2000s cliche about cellphones and Los Angeles crammed into one borderline farcical set piece after another. This type of movie is my Rushmore.
Things I'll remember from this movie:
1) the end credits were hilarious and awful
2) Chris Evans is beautiful
3) that Nokia phone breaking. Yeah right
4) those god damn end credits on my god
Kinda underrated but maybe it's because I am biased towards Chris Evans
It's anxiety-inducing as fuck and boring at the same time. I don't know how they managed it but they did.
I found really funny the fact that Rick Hoffman plays a lawyer really similar to his own Louis Litt (Suits).
There are many stupid things in Cellular, but the great rythm alone makes it stand.
If people ask me what is your favourite Chris Evans' movies, I would say "Cellular". Man i love this movie. Story is simple but fun and entertaining. Also, all the casts amazing.
An underrated action flick and an awesome showcase for a young, cool, charismatic Chris Evans. A lot of satisfying beats from a great cast.
Really interesting cast and a very cool vibe make this film a winner in my book.
Trapped in a strange location, an abducted woman rigs a broken telephone to dial numbers at random and snags the ear of a stranger on a cellphone and convinces him to help her. The gimmick? He can't lose the connection or all is lost. I'm not down on gimmick movies. I rather like them when they're done well. Unfortunately, this one is a bad mix of awkward humor and poorly sustained suspense, that would've been served much better by a full commitment in either direction (I had the thought that the script actually had been written as a comedy and was produced by folks who didn't get it... which might warrant a second viewing sometime to be seen through that lens). Best moment: subway chase sequence - it's kinda nice to see Jason Statham as the heavy.
This is one of those movies that takes the new thing of the times and applies a story to it. It actually is not as bad as I thought it was going to be but it just gets ridiculous. A combo of bad luck and weird timing to drive the plot make it fall apart.
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
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