Stephen King’s best-selling novel is brought to terrifying life in this mind-blowing thriller starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson. At the Boston airport, Clay (Cusack) witnesses a scene of chaotic mayhem when an electronic signal turns hundreds of cell phone users into rabid killers. Desperate to find his estranged wife and son, Clay teams with a train driver (Jackson) to battle the horde of murderous “phoners” as the city descends into apocalyptic madness.
What We Thought:
Cell is what you expect for a movie you’ve probably never heard of. It went to VOD with a limited theatrical release (I think) and is out now on Blu-ray/DVD. That being said, I will give it some credit for originality.
Sure John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson can do a movie like this in their sleep, but I’ve seen far worse movies from Cusack in the past few years. He’s had many straight-to-video-esque movies the last few years, at least this was watchable.
I give it credit for not being just another zombie film. I’m not really quite sure if they were zombies, but they reacted similarly so I’m going with zombies. Cell phone used drove them to violence and zombie-like, but they were also controlled and didn’t do anything at night. I don’t think it really explained the process behind it, but just go with it. Maybe Stephen King is using it as a metaphor that human beings are turning into zombies because of their cell phone addiction. I can support his stance on that.
I will say that the filmmakers clearly have never been to Boston. The movie is based in Boston and starts at an airport that is obviously not Boston’s Logan Airport. The film was shot in Georgia and sure a lot of things don’t actually film in my hometown, but other than calling the public transportation the “T”, none of the geography or expressions are right. You can’t get on a train directly from Logan and where on Earth was that damn/waterfall thing supposed to be?
The movie is your standard HD Blu-ray. It looks clean and clear. Audio has some good explosions and easy to hear dialogue. Bonus features include commentary and featurettes.
Cell is far from great, but it’s at least watchable. I didn’t hate myself for wasting my time watching it which I can’t always say. Don’t try to understand it. Don’t think it’s geographical correct either. If you just watch it for a basic zombie type film, you might enjoy it. There’s a cool scene on a field that looked good.
OVERALL RECOMMENDED (BUT KEEP YOUR EXPECTATIONS LOW)!
- Audio Commentary with Director Tod Williams
- “To Cell and Back” Featurette
Cast & Crew:
- John Cusack
- Samuel L. Jackson
- Stephen King
- Stacy Keach
Recommended If You Like:
- Stephen King stories
- Zombie type flicks
- John Cusack and/or Samuel L. Jackson