Cell – Movie Review

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Official Synopsis: When a mysterious cell phone signal causes apocalyptic chaos, an artist is determined to reunite with his young son in New England.

Review Summary:

In many ways, Cell is the most technically inept film I’ve seen so far in 2016. Fine actors like John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson and Isabelle Fuhrman struggle to survive a convoluted script, throwaway direction, horrendous green screen and laughable zombies.

Cusack and Jackson previously starred together in 1408, an underrated thriller based on a Stephen King story. Cell is also based on a story from King, and comes complete with a screenplay co-written by him. However, if Cusack’s Twitter post is to be believed, he and King were both “cut out” of the post-production process, which is no surprise.

If you want a good thriller based on a Stephen King story with the same lead actors, watch 1408 instead. Don’t waste your time or money on this dramatically inert film.

(See the above video review for a more in-depth discussion)

Grade: F

Directed by: Tod Williams

Starring: John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Isabelle Fuhrman

MPAA Rating: R for disturbing violent content, terror, brief sexuality and language

Run Time: 98 min

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