Cellular

Cellular

4.3 11
Director: David R. Ellis

Cast: David R. Ellis, Kim Basinger, Chris Evans, Eric Christian Olsen

     
 

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A thin thread of electronic data may be the only thing that can save a women and her family in this thriller. Jessica Martin (Kim Basinger) is a biology teacher who is kidnapped by Greer (Jason Statham), a vicious criminal who has threatened to murder her husband and son if he doesn't get what he wants. Greer destroys the only working telephone in the cabin where… See more details below

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A thin thread of electronic data may be the only thing that can save a women and her family in this thriller. Jessica Martin (Kim Basinger) is a biology teacher who is kidnapped by Greer (Jason Statham), a vicious criminal who has threatened to murder her husband and son if he doesn't get what he wants. Greer destroys the only working telephone in the cabin where she's held, but Jessica manages to put enough of the pieces together to send out a call that's picked up by Ryan (Chris Evans), a college student, on his cellular phone. Jessica manages to convince Ryan of the gravity of her situation, but she has no idea of where she's being held, leaving his cell phone as the only link to her whereabouts -- and his batteries are starting to wear out. Cellular was scripted by Larry Cohen, the exploitation film auteur who enjoyed a major comeback with his script for another telephone-based story, Phone Booth.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
A good gimmick can go a long way, so it was a decent idea to film the ultimate contemporary challenge: sustain a cell phone signal as though your life depended on it. Add the fact that it's L.A., and Cellular could have had some sly social commentary thrown in for good measure. The film never quite attains its goals, but it does rebound toward something halfway decent after a clumsy beginning. During the under-thought opening half, L.A. might as well be the Lesser Antilles for all it resembles the actual city -- geographically, traffic-wise, or in terms of its internationally recognizable airport. But along the way, Cellular gathers some momentum and does interesting things with both the possibilities and limitations of mobile communication. Tear-streaked, a quaver in her voice, and always just a shade unconvincing, Kim Basinger leads a cast that's far better than such a B-movie might expect. Especially surprising, though surprisingly effective, is William H. Macy as the obligatory retiring cop. Not that they behave like real people most of the time; no more would the kidnappers let Basinger bang around unshackled in the attic, than would Chris Evans' character hold up a cell phone store for what might be a prank caller, for all he knows. But the real hero is Evans' cell phone, which takes a beating, yet still perfectly transmits sounds and voices from 15 feet across the room. As gimmicky thrillers go, Cellular needed a lot more Speed and a lot less Phone Booth to be truly worth your anytime minutes.
New York Times - A.O. Scott
It's an honest, unpretentious, well-made B picture with a clever, silly premise, a handful of sly, unassuming performances and enough car chases, decent jokes and swervy plot complications to make the price of the ticket seem like a decent bargain.
Washington Post - Stephen Hunter
This unpretentious little bit of superior craftsmanship will be utterly mesmerizing to two kinds of people in particular: those who love cell phones and those who hate them.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
By occupying their roles believably, by acting as we think their characters probably would, they save the movie from feeling like basic Hollywood action (even when it probably is). This is one of the year's best thrillers.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/18/2005
UPC:
0794043763120
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
PG13
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
31,611

Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted/alternate scenes; Three riveting featurettes: "Dialing up Cellular," "Celling Out," "Code of Silence"; Filmmakers' commentary and more!

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kim Basinger Jessica Martin
Chris Evans Ryan
Eric Christian Olsen Chad
Jason Statham Ethan
Matt McColm Deason
Noah Emmerich Jack Tanner
William H. Macy Mooney
Richard Burgi Craig Martin
Rick Hoffman Lawyer
Eric "Kaos" Etebari Dmitri
Brendan Kelly Mad Dog
Caroline Aaron Marilyn Mooney
Adam Taylor Gordon Ricky Martin

Technical Credits
David R. Ellis Director
James Bayliss Set Decoration/Design
Richard Brener Executive Producer
Eric Bress Screenwriter
Gary Capo Cinematographer
Larry Cohen Original Story,Screenwriter
Douglas Curtis Executive Producer
Dean Devlin Producer
Digital Dimension Special Effects
Toby Emmerich Executive Producer
Hector Gika Sound/Sound Designer
Keith Goldberg Executive Producer
J. Mackye Gruber Screenwriter
Jaymes Hinkle Production Designer
Melanie Hughes-Weaver Makeup
Christopher Lawrence Costumes/Costume Designer
Tawny Ellis Lehman Associate Producer
Lauren Lloyd Producer
Chris Morgan Screenwriter
Roger Mussenden Casting
John Ottman Score Composer
Caroline Hynes Rault Associate Producer
Arthur Rochester Sound/Sound Designer
Benjamin Rosenberg Asst. Director
Marc Roskin Associate Producer,Co-producer
Eric Sears Editor
Domenic Silvestri Art Director

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Taken and Trapped [5:50]
2. Healing the Day [3:45]
3. "Who Is This?" [5:34]
4. Police Station [4:36]
5. Wyman School [5:26]
6. Low Battery [4:31]
7. "You Got 3 Seconds!" [6:30]
8. Crossed Lines [4:13]
9. LAX [5:40]
10. Connections [2:51]
11. Safe Deposit [7:02]
12. Mooney's House Call [6:01]
13. Offline [3:18]
14. Pier Hunt [5:24]
15. Last Call [7:01]
16. End Credits [9:45]

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