The Cell

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Distributor: New Line Cinema
Genre: Sci-Fi / Horror / Thriller
Related links: Official website
Additional information: Internet Movie Database (IMDb) entry

Jennifer Lopez does her acting career a big favor by starring in this horror thriller; a real display of what she’s capable of, unlike some of the other movies she’s been in (read: comedies).

The psychologist Catherine Deane is testing out a new form of equipment to help a millionaire’s son out of a coma by interacting with his subconscious mind. One day, the FBI comes to their facility with the comatose criminal Carl Sargher, hoping that they can help getting information about where this guy is keeping a kidnapped woman. Carl is a serial killer who murders women by drowning them in a glass cell at a secret location, a facility that is fully automatic once activated. Catherine now has a limited time to journey through the demon-filled mind of Stargher, and to find this secret location before it’s too late.

Vincent D’Onofrio does another great performance as someone with a disturbed mind (watch “Full Metal Jacket”, “The Thirteenth Floor” and “Men In Black” to see what I mean), this time around as the serial killer Carl Stargher, and Jennifer Lopez is terrific in the role as Catherine Deane. Also, you’ll notice Vince Vaughn as the main FBI agent who’s hunting down this criminal.

At first, once we’re in Carl’s schizophrenic mind, this movie starts getting confusing. But as time passes, you get used to the disturbing way his mind works, you begin to realize what could be driving him to do the things he has done.

The visual effects are amazing, and some are even gross. A pleasure for thriller fans. Not recommended viewing for children or youngsters.


Story interest: ★★★★★☆ 

Plot development: ★★★★☆☆ 

Characters: ★★★★★★ 

Credibility: ★★★★★★ 

Visual effects: ★★★★★☆ 


Overall: ★★★★★☆