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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


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.

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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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New Line Home Video
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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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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Cellular 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is quite possible the BEST MOVIE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! When my friend suggested we go see it, I wasn't too thrilled, but we went and I was on the edge of my seat the ENTIRE TIME!!! It is an excellent thriller and never gets boring! So what are you waiting for - GO OUT THERE AND WATCH IT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
OMG! Cellular was 1 of the GREATEST movies I've ever seen! It was the best move of 2004!!!! When my friend suggested we go see it I have to admit I wasnt thrilled very much (in agreement with the other reviewer) but once we saw it I WAS HAVING A BLAST! It was hilarious cuz after he got the call from Kim Basinger my friend called me and I answered the phone....I didnt know who it was!!! It was my friend on her moms cell phone! I thought it was going to be wut Chris Evans went through but lucky me all it was, was my friend! Me and my BFF Maddi had a blast!!!! IT WAS A GREAT MOVIE!!! GREAT GOING MOVIE MAKERS!!! I think a great idea wuld mayb be a sequel of a movie just like it. I dunno who you wuld make a sequel though cuz of the way it ended. I CANT WAIT TO BUY CELLULAR!!! ~Melissa K. of Lithia Florida!~
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best movie Kim Basinger has ever made! This movie is just an absolute classic! I absolutely love this movie and would highly recommend it to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
CELLULAR is one of the best action movies of the past few years. Written by the creator of 'Phone Booth' Larry Cohen, this gripping thriller steps outside the phone booth and into the cyberspace of cellular telephones and in doing so replaces the claustrophobia of 'Phone Booth' with the cosmic angst of the individual connected to the outer world by the nebulously mysterious ether of wireless communication. Cohen's inventive story has been adapted for the screen by Chris Morgan who finesses Cohen's tale to a nonstop breathless action blitz. Under the astute direction of action specialist David R. Ellis, this film starts with a moment of repose and then drives into action with a force that is spellbindingly 'vivace'.Science teacher Jessica Martin (Kim Basinger, in one of her most well developed characters on film) casually walks her young son to the school bus and then returns home to an abrupt crash entry by some thugs headed by Ethan (Jason Statham, here as evil personified) who kidnap her and lock her in an attic of a strange old home, carefully destroying the wall mounted telephone. The thugs are after Jessica's husband for reasons unknown to her. Left to her own devices, she manages to use her scientific knowledge to piece together the parts of the broken phone and pow! she makes connection to the cell phone owned by a seeming loafer of a young surfer Ryan (Chris Evans, in a career turning performance) strolling Santa Monica boardwalk. After some exchange, Jessica convinces Ryan that she is a hostage, talks him into protecting her son at his school, and the chase is on. Ryan turns from a laissez-faire surfer into a committed helper to a woman in need and the tension that builds between these two actors, whose only connection is vocal thru a cell phone, is razor sharp. As a side bar, a retiring disillusioned cop Mooney (William H. Macy, just as superb as always) is serendipitously drawn back into his profession when it becomes clear that the reason for the kidnapping is that Jessica's husband has a video that captured some rotten dealings by some bad cops (Ethan being one of them), cops with whom Mooney has worked and whose drive to capture returns Mooney's origins as a good cop. The chase for the tape includes some of the best action stunts on film. The manner in which the story resolves is exciting and if predictable, still thrilling.As if this truly fine film weren't enough, the DVD adds some of the most interesting featurettes I've seen. There is an extended discussion about the history of the telephone from its humble beginnings to its present state and the philosophy of the current effect of cell phones on our lives is staggering. There is also a fine short on the making of the film that really enhances your appreciation for the people involved in this craft. And finally, there is a documentary about the Rampart Police scandal that is parallel to the bad cop aspect of this film. Very enlightening and well produced. So for every reason, this DVD of CELLULAR is important and serves the widest audience possible. Grady Harp, February 2005
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cellular was a good movie, I must admit, but a little unrealistic. I doubt if anyone got a phone call like that they would go through all that trouble to save that person, especially stealing a Porsche twice. But overall I liked it but I was glad I did not see it in theaters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this movie slightly better than Phone Booth, but predictable and somewhat ridiculous. Kim Basinger screams too much (my one complaint about Batman) and is inconsistent; she actually thinks and functions intelligently in some scenes, but then is a puddle of useless,screeching mush in others. I didn't like Jason Statham as the bad guy, either--he's too cool and sexy to be a bad guy. At least this one had better scenery than Phone Booth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adored Cellular! This was one of the best movies I have ever seen.If I had the DVD I would watch it repeatedly.It is similar to Phone Booth.But Cellular stands out more.I give it five *s to the fullest!
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