Cell 211 gets a lot of mileage out of its minimal, intense prison setting and the very simple premise of a guard on his first day being locked inside with the prisoners when a riot ensues. It gets a bit bogged down when it tries to stretch outside of the prison walls to try and show the guard's wife's and the public's response to the situation, but when focused solely inside the prison this is a gripping thriller that raises…
So to recap the first five minutes of Lee Daniels’ Lee Daniels’ The Butler:
- Forest Whitaker is sitting in the White House.
- He stares into the horizon, even though he’s inside.
- Cut to an image of two men hanging.
- Fade in Martin Luther King Jr. quote next to them.
- Cut back to Forest Whitaker staring into the horizon for a second.
- Cut to his childhood, working on a cotton farm with his parents.