Cell

The Cell

4.4 18
Director: Tarsem Singh

Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Vince Vaughn, Vincent D'Onofrio

     
 

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The Cell, a movie some critics labeled all style and no substance, might be the best-looking DVD on the market. To add to that feat, the included supplemental material provides depth and substance, making it clear that the movie's visuals were a labor of love. There aren't enough compliments for the widescreen anamorphic 2.35:1 presentation. Director Tarsem's

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The Cell, a movie some critics labeled all style and no substance, might be the best-looking DVD on the market. To add to that feat, the included supplemental material provides depth and substance, making it clear that the movie's visuals were a labor of love. There aren't enough compliments for the widescreen anamorphic 2.35:1 presentation. Director Tarsem's imagination explodes from the screen, making for an intense, colorful tour de force. The Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound is also stunning, from the twisted sound effects to Howard Shore's wicked score. The "isolated score" audio track makes for a truly spooky experience. Since the visuals of the movie are so mind-bending, the "Behind the Scenes" area and audio commentaries are engrossing. "Style as Substance: Reflections on Tarsem" is a featurette thick with hyperbole, but the cast and crew who praise Tarsem seem justified at every film clip. Vince Vaughn seems oddly agitated during his segments, making for an interesting conclusion. Tarsem's commentary is a candid, rapid-fire treat; he leaves no stone unturned in passionately dissecting his debut feature film. The production team commentary is also interesting, though the fascinating "Visual Effects Vignettes" go deeper into key set pieces. "Interactivities," a brain map and empathy test, are worth a look. The empathy test is meant for fun, but it's pretty powerful in its ability to enlighten and/or disturb. Filmographies and two suspenseful trailers round out this landmark DVD.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Patricia Kim O'Cone
In this tense sci-fi thriller debut from director Tarsem Singh (R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion" music video), therapist Jennifer Lopez and FBI agent Vince Vaughn must traverse the deranged psyche of serial killer Vincent D'Onofrio. The mission is to find out where D'Onofrio has hidden his latest victim -- who is still living but facing a gruesome death. In this taut race against time, Singh brandishes tantalizing and lavish surrealist imagery to define the killer's mind, recalling influences ranging from Ken Russell's Altered States to the gothic puppet animation of the Brothers Quay. (On the Platinum Series DVD commentary tracks, Singh even singles out Michael Crichton's Coma as an influence!) D'Onofrio provides an eerily demented turn as Karl, a schizophrenic sexual deviant who is a god in his own mind, where, of course, super-therapist Lopez is an unwelcome visitor. The chemistry between Lopez and D'Onofrio is unsettling at its worst and terrifying at its best. In addition to Singh's audio commentaries on the DVD, there is also commentary from members of the production team, plus deleted scenes and an examination of the film's effects and production design. You can enter the dream state of The Cell and question its metaphors, but when the going gets horrific, remember to just tell yourself, "It's not real."
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
A box-office sleeper, The Cell (2000) puts a decidedly eerie spin on the oft-repeated serial killer crime-drama with a narrative device (the killer is in an irreversible coma and must be confronted through his dreams) that allows director Tarsem Singh to add numerous visual flourishes indicative of his background in music video. While not giving as assured a performance as she did in Out of Sight (1998), star Jennifer Lopez is adequate if not totally believable as a child psychiatrist, while Vince Vaughn and Vincent D'Onofrio are convincing in their roles as an obsessed FBI agent and a psychotic murderer, respectively. Where The Cell runs into problems is with its story, which fails to properly resolve several dangling plot threads, most notably the nascent physical attraction between the Lopez and Vaughn characters, which never amounts to anything, and the hinted-at but never revealed childhood traumas possibly suffered by Vaughn. A triumph of style over substance, The Cell cribs liberally from better psychological thrillers such as The Silence of the Lambs (1991) while remaining absorbing enough on a visceral level to hint at a rosy future for Singh.
New York Times - Elvis Mitchell
[Tarsem Sing] is a dextrous visual stylist, moving effortlessly from smooth, gleaming surfaces photographed in slow motion to grainy, slightly sped-up frames in the very same shot. You could say that The Cell has been production-designed within an inch of its life: Tom Foden sets a new standard in his field.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/19/2000
UPC:
0794043515026
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
R
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:47:00
Sales rank:
24,192

Special Features

Widescreen version of the film; English 5.1 Surround Sound; English 2.0 stereo Surround Sound; English subtitles and closed captions; Feature-length commentary with director and production team; Deleted scenes with director commentary; Original documentary: "Style As Substance," several of Tarsem's collaborators reflect on his work; Alternate-angle feature explores six special effects sequences from storyboards to final scene; Interactive brain map and empathy test; Theatrical trailer; International teaser trailer; Cast/crew filmographies; DVD-ROM features:; Script-to-screenplay access; Original theatrical website; Fully playable game demo

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jennifer Lopez Catherine Deane
Vince Vaughn Agent Peter Novak
Vincent D'Onofrio Carl Stargher
Jake Weber Agent Gordon Ramsey
Dylan Baker Henry West
Marianne Jean-Baptiste Dr. Miriam Kent
James Gammon Dr. Theodore "Teddy" Lee
Tara Subkoff Julia Hickson
Colton James Edward Baines
Patrick Bauchau Lucien Baines
Gareth Williams Stargher's Father
Pruitt Taylor Vince Dr. Milton Reid
Catherine Sutherland Anne Marie Vicksey
Jake Thomas Young Carl Stargher
Musetta Vander Ella Baines

Technical Credits
Tarsem Singh Director
Michael Amundson Asst. Director
Michele Burke Makeup
Julio Caro Producer
Robert Duffy Editor
Tom Foden Production Designer
Luke Freeborn Set Decoration/Design
Eiko Ishioka Costumes/Costume Designer
Ronna Kress Casting
Donna Langley Executive Producer
Paul Laufer Cinematographer
Josh Lusby Set Decoration/Design
Carolyn Manetti Executive Producer
Michael Manson Art Director
Eric McLeod Producer
April Napier Costumes/Costume Designer
Clay Pinney Special Effects Supervisor
Mark Protosevich Co-producer,Screenwriter
Steven J. Ross Co-producer
Steve Ross Co-producer
Paul Rubell Editor
Howard Shore Score Composer
Nico Soultanakis Associate Producer
James Thornton Sound/Sound Designer
Dean Wolcott Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Main Titles [6:38]
2. No Proof [1:37]
3. Carl's Lair [2:05]
4. Reversing the Feed [1:52]
5. Rest and Rituals [3:57]
6. Number 7 and 8 [2:59]
7. Trace Evidence [1:44]
8. The Capture [1:28]
9. On the Case [3:06]
10. Raid [6:38]
11. Diagnosis and Referral [5:35]
12. The Mind of A Killer [10:07]
13. Belief and Reality [2:17]
14. Twisted Kingdom [5:51]
15. Round 2 [12:32]
16. Trapped [1:18]
17. Novak Enters [12:19]
18. Time Running Out [3:53]
19. Catherine's World [1:20]
20. Final Showdown [:39]
21. Epilogue [2:22]
22. End Credits [7:55]

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The Cell 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
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Jennifer Lopez stars as a child psychiatrist that enters the mind of a serial killer to find a missing girl that has been kiddnapped. Lopez has 24hrs to figure out where the missing girl might be, hoping that she isn't already dead.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Besides having an intense plot, the visual effects and sets were outstanding. That alone is enough motivation to watch ''The Cell''. It's dreamy atmosphere will entice anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is amazing if you love your freaky don't know what is going to happen next type of films you will love this. Jennifer Lopez is amazing, best performance yet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was one to make you think. I thought it was a great suspensful movie that kept you on the edge of your seat. One minute you were cringing and the next you were cheering for the star of the film Jennifer Lopez. Her acting in this bizarre movie was wonderful because she played the part of the caring virgin mary and the xena warrior character wonderfully. I enjoyed this movie a lot so buy it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tarsem after beeing the most acclaimed Director of commercials in the world, now makes a visual master piece. This Indian,from India, is the best director out there, The visual story teller in advertisement and a visual master in feautures.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this movie is great! Some people thought it was stupid but they probably dont understand it! I'm so happy it's up for the best makeup oscar!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Worth watching many times; the superb surrealism is inspired and alternately enchanting/disquieting. After I watched it the first time, I kept thinking, ''This is a movie I've been waiting for.'' I can't say enough good things about it. Also, the director must have watched old surreal movies including ''Street of Crocodiles,'' this movie tastefully evokes scenes from it. How odd that you're watching a movie so artfully done that involves a serial killer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every designer must see this movie .. Its wonderful, the concept, the visual, everything is great .. it will stay in your mind ..
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first watched this movie when it first came out, and oh my god did it send shivers up my spine. The Cell is the best movie of all time, with outstanding visual effects, J-Lo doing a fantastic job of acting along with a great story line, and having its origonality. The Cell- is the movie for enyone liking a pyscho-thriller!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this movie J-LO did one of her most weakest preformences. She is an excellent actress but it was just that THIS MOVIE STUNK!! It wasn't scary, the costumes were horrible and it almost as bad as Fear Dot Com.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Vincent D'Onofrio!!!! And most of his work this film may not have been one of the rest of the casts best films but I believe that he brings them all together. The only problem with Jennifer Lopez's actin is her accent every time she speaks I find her very patronising!
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