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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.
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…
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.
I like that films like this exist. Films of this quality and this standard make me appreciate the better ones even more.
I remember wanting to see this when it came out at the cinema. The day I went to see it, I had a sudden change of heart as I got there and decided to see Collateral for a 3rd time. I then totally forgot about this film for the next few years...
Worth the wait though, a lot of good fun for a 12A action film! Light hearted, some decent comedic moments (I fear this would have been atrocious had it tried to take itself too seriously) especially from William H Macy, decent enough action scenes and interesting enough to keep me watching. Chris Evans' charisma pretty much carries the film, Basinger is terrible beyond belief but thankfully her scenes…
Chris Evans is good.
Kim Basinger is awful.
After watching 'Never Sleep Again' I now know who Bob Shaye is...so the little cameos he gives himself (and his sister) in all these New Line films have an added layer of 'cringe' to them!
The story is about a random wrong number on his cell phone sends a young man into a high-stakes race against time to save a woman's life. this movie is not as bad as people may say, the film is rushed in a good way to move the plot and the action is thrilling.
Here's a movie idea that couldn't be ripped off from a million other movies because hey, we just invented cell phones with video recorders. So yay, one half point for originality. Everything you need to know about this movie is in its trailer pretty much except one tiny twist (why the cops were corrupt). That's based on a real incident that plagued the LAPD about 5 years ago. There's a 26-min. documentary about the Rampart scandal in 1999 that is way more interesting than the fictionalized account that runs for 95m. There's some leaps of logic and some unnecessary talking villian syndromes. I watched it, it breezed over me, I was no better or worse for having seen it.
This one held up well. I have unabashed admiration for fast, efficient high-concept films like this. You can overlook the plot holes and the genre cliches and just be entertained, without hating yourself the morning after. There are bits of humor in the script that sometimes fall flat, but often hit their target. Everyone looks super young here, including Evans and Statham (who hides his accent well.) Basinger is a little too quivery but Macy is a surprisingly effective baddass.
Guilty pleasure. Great when running on a treadmill.
It's only been 10 years since the release of this film but the cell phones they use in it are practically fossils now. But this is the best Chris Evans has ever looked. It's completely enjoyable dumb fun.
PUT MY DICK IN CLAMP AND I WOULD WRITE THIS MOVIE. WHY WAS I WATCHING THIS. OH YEAH I WAS EATING FISH, RICE, AND SALAD.
Je pensais voir un Jason Statham movie à cause de l'affiche mais en fait il n'a qu'un second rôle (et de méchant).
Le film est très limite (musique qui tombe au mauvais moment, les pires clichés imaginables, humour de merde, ...) mais c'est marrant de voir le casting : Statham, Chris Evans, William M. Macy, et pas mal de seconds rôles qui jouent dans les séries télés.
"Bon" blockbuster, cela passe le temps mais ne rien attendre en retour.
I really enjoyed this movie. The cast is all-star and deliver top notch performances (I mean, I can't remember the last time I actually rooted for the good guys!) and the plot is suspenseful. Totally wasn't expecting to be as entertained as I was.
They don't make 'em like this anymore: a flimsy B-action movie that is completely unfeasible, primarily due to bad acting, plot holes, and about a hundred contrivances. And yet, it remains somehow entertaining in a guilty-pleasure, I-hate-myself kind of way.
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The acting is patently terrible. The chase scenes are sloppy. The coincidences are utterly preposterous. But if you can get rid of all the…
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