This Summer... Enter
The Mind Of A Killer
The Cell is most disappointing because it's not original
when originality is precisely why you went to see the movie in the first
place. Any Star Trek fan has seen the basic idea of the movie: two minds
interlock with the hope that some useful information can be extracted
from the repressed brain of a (fill in the blank) psychotic, senile old
person, coma victim, etc.
The whole story is sci-fi old hat. The only thing to distract us from
the obvious plot are some (distracting) visuals. These visuals fall
under two categories: disturbing; or ridiculous religious symbolism such
as the Virgin Mary or John the Baptist (fill in the blank).
On another note, I was particularly annoyed by the bland performances of
Jennifer Lopez and Vince Vaughn. Vaughn (in particular) is a charismatic
actor who spent 90 minutes looking like he badly wanted to go back to
his trailer and smoke a bong. I mean, he walked through this role like a
zombie. Even in the climatic scene where Vaughn has discovered the
whereabouts of the last victim, Vaughn shows no sense of urgency, and
manages to save the missing girl in spite of the fact that he doesn't
run hard or break a sweat or anything.
There are other irritating, predictable moments, but I'll shorten my
review to just one. The viewer who has seen more than three movies knows
that some experience that Jennifer Lopez learns from her experience with
the killer will give her insight into how to help the child who is her
original patient. And, that, predictably, is how the film ends.
The title of this film is a description of my state in the theater.
For 107 minutes I was in The Cell. This film sucked anyway you look at
it. It's only redeeming quality, if you wanna call it that, was visual
FX. Even that was usually more of a gross out factor than something
interesting to watch. Not even the voluptuous body of Jennifer Lopez
could save me from this one.