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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
After enough time passed between rewatches it's still decently thrilling and usually amusing. Chris Evans does a fine job for what the script asks for. The humor is very stuck in the early 2000s, appropriately so. I still think the secondary plot line with William H Macy is clunky and I still appreciate how Kim Basinger's character gets to become more hands on later in the film. Jason Statham is pretty cut and paste but I think a film like this wanted the villain to be as dry and not distract from the heroes. It could have been a benefit for them to be scarier but the point of the story is the obstacles along the way and not really the big bads.
"It's a day spa, you fuck!"
An interesting premise, but an average film.
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…
Wow. Well, I enjoyed that a lot more than I was expecting to! Cellular was just a random selection for a lazy Friday evening, and it's turned out to be one of the more entertaining movies I've seen in a while.
This spiritual sequel to Phonebooth sees Chris Evans recieve a phone call from Kim Basinger who is desperately looking for help after she has been kidnapped. Evans is soon driving madly across L.A. in an attempt to save Basinger and her family.
And yes, the criticisms are valid - some of what happens is so coincidental that it's beyond believable, and plenty of the plot is plain ridiculous, but what Cellular does well is take those typical Hollywood clichés…
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.
While the cell phone aspect of the movie is now ridiculously dated, this is still a decent thriller with some solid performances, particularly from Chris Evans and William H Macy. It's also worth watching just to see Jason Statham play a properly menacing bad guy - hell, that's why I watched it.
Jason Statham ranking here: letterboxd.com/matthewnoble/list/the-movies-of-jason-statham-favourite-to/
A great unintentionally feminist film where Kim Basinger outwits and outsmarts everyone else in the cast while trapped in an attic and Chris Evans runs around flexing and failing just like your average damsel in distress. I also learned how to pronounce jojoba from this movie from William H. Macy.
I can only see Chris Evans as Captain America now. Damn MCU! This is a competently made thriller, even if it features Jason Statham with a dodgy American accent. Also, even though this film is only 12 years old, modern smartphones make the Nokias in this look so dated. So this feels super early 2000s.
Fun action film with The Stath, Captain American, Vicki Vale and William H Macy.
the best part of this film was when it ended
I watched this entire movie on Lifetime before realizing the lead was Chris Evans
Such a dumb premise that has no right to be as entertaining as it is.
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