Sunday, December 4, 2011

Screaming Sunday: The Cell

By s. Sunday, December 4, 2011 ,
Sati's movie rating - 84/100
Plot: Catharine Deane is a psychotherapist who is part of a revolutionary new treatment which allows her mind to literally enter the mind of her patients. Her experience in this method takes an unexpected turn when an FBI agent comes to ask for a desperate favour. They had just tracked down a notorious serial killer, Carl Stargher, whose MO is to abduct women one at a time and place them in a secret area where they are kept for about 40 hours until they are slowly drowned. Unfortunately, the killer has fallen into an irreversible coma which means he cannot confess where he has taken his latest victim before she dies. Now, Catherine Deane must race against time to explore the twisted mind of the killer to get the information she needs, but Stargher's damaged personality poses dangers that threaten to overwhelm her.
The heroes: Catherine played by Jennifer Lopez - she starred in two good movies, this and in "Out of Sight". In both cases the movie were good not because of her, but in spite of her. However, while there are dozens actresses who would have done a better job she is not terrible here and her character manages not to be an idiot which is always a good thing for a protagonist.
The antagonists: Twisted mind of the killer. Juicy!
Scare factor: 2/5 evil pumpkins - the movie is not too scary in traditional sense, it's more psychologically scary - we get to see an inside look into a very disturbed mind and what hides in it.
Gore factor:3/5 bloody Leatherfaces the gore there is in this one is always disturbing and highly bizarre, to the point the blood and anguish is actually lifted to the level of pure cinematic beauty.
Best scene: The display of horrors - murderer's victims made into dolls and mannequins in his mind.
Oh-oh something's not right line: "Do you believe there is a part of yourself, deep inside in your mind, with things you don't want other people to see? During a session when I'm inside, I get to see those things."
Morbid trivia: The scene in which the horse is cut into segments suspended in glass cases is inspired by the work of British artist Damien Hirst (e.g., the installation "Some Comfort Gained from the Acceptance of the Inherent Lies in Everything").
Is there a twist? Nah.
Hint: Find the biggest possible screen to watch this on.
Unsuitable for: Inception fans who consider Nolan's action blockbuster to be "visionary" - The Cell used the same ideas decade ago to much better effect, people who love horses, people afraid of water.
Repercussions: Thirst for all things surreal.

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