Cell is like having a movie about a zombie apocalypse without the actual zombies. Thanks Stephen King!!!
First of all, let me just say that as usual, I went into this movie with absolutely no idea what it was about, what was happening, nothing. With that being said, watching Cell is like sledding down a steep mountain of crazy with no brakes. Let me try to lay this out for you, so there’s this event that happens and cell phones begin to emit this signal that immediately scrambles the brain of anyone within range to hear it. It causes the victims to do a variety of things from attacking and killing anyone else they see to smashing their own face into a wall and laughing about it to running around like a mindless automaton. A vast majority of the victims however, very strongly resemble the activity pattern of your typical zombie/zombie hoard. The difference here is that none of these people are dead, they are just brainwashed?
The story revolves around Clay (John Cusack) who is in an airport when “the pulse” hits. People start going ape-nuts, killing, attacking, puking, just mayhem in its most pure form. He manages to escape, finds Tom (Sam Jackson) and they escape to Clay’s apartment where they meet up with his neighbor Alice (Isabelle Fuhrman). The three then go on an excursion to try and find Clay’s wife and son. They notice and observe some of the bizarre behavior of the affected “phoners” and how they tend to flock together much like birds or insects.
The trio finds a school where they learn a bit more about the phoners and how they may be a part of a hive-mind through the cell phone network that is nearly everywhere. They recruit Jordan (Owen Teague) and continue on their little adventure. Eventually they come across this pair of people out in the woods, Ray (Anthony Reynolds) and Denise (Erin Burns). Ray is absolutely out of his mind, very sleep deprived and sounding like a hard core conspiracy theorist. The whole pack continues towards Clay’s wife’s house and along the way, Ray pulls over and decides not to tag along any more.
Eventually they make their way to the house to find a note from his son saying that he went to this place which Ray claims is the epicenter of this whole event and is a generally terrible place to go to. Finally he makes it to his destination and that’s when it all gets really, really weird. But you’ll have to watch it for yourself to see what happens.
|Rating: N/A/10 (N/A votes)
Director: Tod Williams
Writer: Adam Alleca (screenplay), Stephen King (based on the novel by), Stephen King (screenplay)
Stars: Owen Teague, Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, Isabelle Fuhrman
Runtime: 98 min
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Released: 08 Jul 2016
|Plot: When a mysterious cell phone signal causes apocalyptic chaos, an artist is determined to reunite with his young son in New England.|
I’m not gonna lie, this movie takes your simple concept of sensible and sends it out to lunch. The entire story is completely original, completely unreal, and completely makes me worry about Stephen King and what the hell is wrong with him?!?!
John Cusack is a hit or miss actor for me. When he’s on, he’s really on but when he’s off, he is WAY off. In this, he was pretty much on and I’m quite pleased about that. John really has one way of acting and it’s mostly anti-melodramatic. He used to do some good comedy when he was younger (i.e. One Crazy Summer) but in the last 10-ish or so years, I feel like everything I’ve seen him in is virtually the same character, just with different names and different stories (i.e. Shanghai, 1408 (another movie with Sam Jackson), 2012, and The Frozen Ground (don’t even get me started on Nick Cage) just to name a few). Now that I think about it, I feel like the transition from funny, quirky John into dark, meh John happened around 2001-2003. I sure hope nothing really seriously tragic happened in his life, I’ll feel really bad about this.
In Cell however, John playing himself like he does in so many other movies (if I had a dime for every movie he’s been in where he’s worn a black/dark brown long jacket/trenchcoat), actually worked out really well. He played an artist, a graphic designer and graphic novelist, so it makes sense that he’d be an emotionless loaner who abandons his family… naturally!
Samuel L mutha-fluffin Jackson. He’s another one of those actors who is typically cast into a very specific type of character. His being the bad-ass, I’ll “shoot first and ask questions later”, “follow me or die”, and “of course I know exactly how every weapon in this armory works” type of character. Thankfully for us the fans and viewers, he holds true in this too.
Isabelle Fuhrman however is not a typically cast actress, and throughout the movie I couldn’t quite peg where I had seen her before, after a few seconds of research, she was the main girl from Orphan and that’s where I recognized her from. This young lass is practically a baby compared to her veteran counterparts. But she really held her own in this and quite frankly, I liked her in it because it broke up the bordering on monotony of John and Sam playing John and Sam.
All in all, this is a really twisted story and it has its moments of really making you want to go move to a place where there is no cell phone service and just live off the grid. I felt like the screenplay was really well done if for no other reason, the screenplay writer was also named Adam (Alleca). But really, it was well written, there were a lot of lines that were really descriptive and impacting, such as when Clay and Tom first meet Alice, and she explains how she wants to get out of her blood drenched clothes because they smell like blood and sweat and her Mom’s perfume. Little lines like that really add an intense layer of emotion that I had an immediate reaction to in terms of knowing exactly what those smells are like, not together, but individually of course. I highly recommend watching the trailer below, this might not be for everyone.