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Welcome to my Mind, my Domain to Roam...

  • Nov 16, 2008
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Perhaps I liked The Cell so much because it brought to film some of the atrocities that whisper through my own realm of unconscious nightscapes.

I felt the weakest point of the movie is Lopez's mediocre acting skills, but the fact that she is beautiful adds to the overall visual stimulation The Cell provides. The slow motion sequences are spectacular, using silk curtains, body positioning, eccentric costumes, and water to their best advantages; and the bizarre parts of the dream-world are, well, quite bizarre.

I really liked the use of staggered location changes and odd construction and surroundings in the dream sequences, making it realistic in its portrayal of the subconscious mind. Plus horse chopping, stunning demon-king scene, viscera rotisseries, live twisted doll shows, all make The Cell worth a peek.

The plot is fairly simple, Catherine Deane (played by Lopez) is a child psychologist who enters their minds using technology to help them with their problems. When serial killer Carl Stargher (played expertly by Vincent D'Onofrio) is caught, he is in a coma and the FBI are pressed for time to find the location of his latest victim before its too late.

Catherine enters the mind of psychotic Carl, trying to communicate with the abused child in his mind, in order to help the FBI find the victim. The beauty of this movie is not in the plot or even great acting, it is the sick and twisted visual treats in store for you. Not the kind of eye-candy for those who don't like blood, guts, and torture though, this movie is for horror fans with warped visions of their own.

So if your night world doesn't contain such macabre and gruesome images, you may want to leave this one on the shelf and grab a copy of Bambi instead. Enjoy!
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January 26, 2009
I was put off this film by the trailer in the theater. Great, I thought, a haute couture serial killer! Now I wish I had seen it on the big screen because of the gorgeous though bizarre and grotesque visuals. This type of film has been tried before. DREAMSCAPE had Dennis Quaid going into the minds of disturbed people, but they couldn't match the visual presented in THE CELL. Mind blowing are the words that leap to the fore. D'Onofrio is spectacular and Lopez doesn't get in the way too much. I can't help giving this one 5 stars based on those visuals and D'Onofrio alone.
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Starring Jennifer Lopez, Vincent D'Onofrio, Colton James, Dylan Baker
Directed by Tarsem Singh
Writer:  Mark Protosevich

Product Description
A therapist (Jennifer Lopez, Out Of Sight) uses an experimental treatment to enter the mind of a serial killer (Vincent D'Onofrio, Men In Black) to learn his secrets. An FBI agent (Vince Vaughn, Swingers) must rescue her from the killer's nightmare mind
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Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Release Date: August 18, 2000
MPAA Rating: R
Runtime: 1hr 47min
Studio: Avery Pix, New Line Cinema
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