Cell

Cell

4.4 18
Director: Tarsem Singh

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

     
 

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In this science fiction thriller, child psychiatrist Catherine Deane (Jennifer Lopez) has developed a technique that allows her to travel through the minds of her patients. When Stargher (Vincent D'Onofrio), a multiple murderer who methodically drowns his victims and performs bizarre rituals with their bodies, falls into a coma, FBI agent Peter Novak (Vince Vaughn)… See more details below

Overview

In this science fiction thriller, child psychiatrist Catherine Deane (Jennifer Lopez) has developed a technique that allows her to travel through the minds of her patients. When Stargher (Vincent D'Onofrio), a multiple murderer who methodically drowns his victims and performs bizarre rituals with their bodies, falls into a coma, FBI agent Peter Novak (Vince Vaughn) asks Deane to enter the killer's psyche, in the hope of finding a missing girl whom Stargher has kidnapped; if she's not soon found, in all likelihood she'll die in his torture cell. However, once Deane enters the bizarre world of Stargher's mind, she finds getting out to be a very difficult matter. The Cell was the first feature from director Tarsem, who previously made award-winning commercials and music videos, including the video for R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion." The supporting cast includes Catherine Sutherland, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Dylan Baker, and Pruitt Taylor Vince.

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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/05/2001
UPC:
0794043518539
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
R
Source:
New Line Home Video

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

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