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Cellular (2004)

If the signal dies so does she.

Original Title : Cellular
Director : David R. Ellis
Writer : Larry Cohen
Chris Morgan
Genre : Action
Crime/Drama/Thriller
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Richard Brener , Douglas Curtis , Dean Devlin , Tawny Ellis , Toby Emmerich , Keith Goldberg , Lauren Lloyd , Caroline Rault , Marc Roskin
Music : Garrett Dutton
John Ottman
Lior Rosner
Photography : Gary Capo
Distributor : New Line Cinema
MPAA Rating : Rated PG-13 for violence, terror situations, language and some sexual references.
IMDB ID : 0337921
Official site : http://www.cellularthemovie.com/
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poster for "Cellular" by David R. Ellis (2004)
Cellular (2004) - David R. Ellis
 

Starring

Caroline Aaron Marilyn Mooney
Brenda Ballard Irate Customer
Kim Basinger Jessica
Will Beinbrinck Young Security Guard (as Will Beinbrink
Jessica Biel Chloe
Chase Bloch Timid Boy
Chelsea Bloch Surf Girl's Friend
Chantille Boudousque Chloe's Chilly Friend
Robin Brenner Excitable Customer
Richard Burgi Craig
Nikki Christian Porsche Girl
John Churchill Young Guard
Greg Collins Aging Security Guard
Valerie Cruz Bayback
Marco DiMaio Superior Officer
Eddie Driscoll Crewcut Officer
Tagert Ellis Kid in Phone Store
Noah Emmerich Jack Tanner
John Ennis Rent a Cop
Eric Etebari Dmitri
Chris Evans Ryan
Erin Foster Surf Girl
Willie Gault Detector Operator
Noe Gonzalez Rent a Cop
Adam Taylor Gordon Ricky Martin
Ernie Grunwald Busy Salesman
James Hinkle Skater Boy
Rick Hoffman Lawyer
Summer Hubbell Beach Girl's Friend
Lenore Kasdorf Ticket Checker
Brendan Kelly Mad Dog
Chuck Kelley Tense Guard
Mark Kubr Eurotrash Man
Robert Lawrence Auto Theft Detective
Adam Lieberman Irate Customer
Lexi Lieth Beach Girl
Kate London Newscaster at 457 Store
William H. Macy Mooney
Matt McColm Deason
Esther Mercado Rosario (as Esther 'Tita' Mercado
Robert Shaye Detective Looking Guy (as L.E. Moko
Mircea Monroe Chloe's Friend
Rob Nagle Paramedic
Eric Christian Olsen Chad
Dat Phan Vietnamese Artist
Rachel Reynolds Videogame Babe
Ron Roggé Athletic Officer
Lara Romanoff Eurotrash Girlfriend
Lauren Sanchez News Anchor
Al Sapienza False Craig
Lorna Scott Bank Teller
Lin Shaye Exotic Car Driver
Sherri Shepherd Jaded Cashier
Sean Smith Perky Salesman
Jason Statham Ethan
Paul Sunderland News Anchor
Bobb'e J. Thompson Lil Rapper (as Bobb'e J. Turner-Thompson
Ishtar Uhvana Busy Saleswoman
Afsoun Yazdian Airline Passenger
Paige Cannon Girl at Concert
Neal Orion Beach Bum
Mary Castro Bikini Girl (uncredited
John Cenatiempo Howie (uncredited
Matt Clifford Carnival Guest (uncredited
Dean Devlin Cab Driver (uncredited
Garrett Dutton Himself (uncredited
Michael Kozak Paul (uncredited
Andrew Michaelson School Boy (uncredited
Gino Montesinos Gangbanger (uncredited
Alana Morshead Specialty girl (uncredited
Brandon Osborne School Boy (uncredited
LynNita Puma Private School Mother (uncredited
Summer Still Skater (uncredited
Ken Weiner Foreign Traveler (uncredited
Peter Weireter Sergeant (uncredited
 

Plot

A young man (Evans) receives a call on his cellular phone from a woman (Basinger) who says she's been kidnapped, and thinks she's going to be killed soon, along with her husband and son who the kidnappers have gone after next. The catch? She doesn't know where she is... and his cell phone battery might go dead soon.
 

Comments

Straightforward good cop, bad cop movie plot supporting the central star of a cellular phone, 13 September 2004 Author: Ruby Liang (ruby_fff) from sf, usa Director David Ellis' "Cellular" 2004, is rather entertaining in spite of the predictable storyline. Chris Morgan's debut screenplay is based on a story by Larry Cohen, who wrote "Phone Booth" 2002 (directed by Joel Schumacher with the literally outstanding performance by Colin Farrell). Perhaps I went to see the movie without much expectation, hence being able to enjoy it fine as it is. If you expect substance, this movie is not it -- director Michael Mann's recent film "Collateral" 2004, with Tom Cruise, Jaimie Foxx and Jada Pinkett Smith, did optimize the cellular phone as part of a substantial plot progression. To be more esoteric, try the Iranian film by w-d Abbas Kiarostami (of "A Taste of Cherry" fame), "The Wind Will Carry Us" 2000, which also featured the cellular phone in a down to earth way. Also brings to mind is the Danish film by Dogma w-d Thomas Vintenberg "The Celebration" aka Festen 1998 (an emotional powerhouse surrounding the reunion of a dysfunctional family), and the PBS TV series "Reckless" 1997-98 with the irresistible ménage a trois of Robson Green, Francesca Annis and Michael Kitchen, the cellular phone was well featured as a plot 'crutch' in both. It's a timely reflection, or reminder, of how cellular technology is consumingly inhabiting our lives, and here in this breeze of a movie, we have a life saver adventure -- a day in the life of Ryan (Chris Evans), to the rescue of a civilian family from the claws of relentless bad cops (well, nothing so complicated or devastatingly psycho-play as "Training Day," of course). This is a lightweight fare. Just enjoy it as it is. Kim Basinger and William H. Macy didn't have to exert much acting chops per se. Evans, and the video cellphones (yes, not just one, there's two needed to complete the plot turns), sure carried the movie, alright. One would forgive or welcome the convenient plot points that Basinger happens to be a teacher of science/biology handy with wires (harkens the beginning credit of production company name -- "Electric Entertainment," hm), and Macy's soon to retire good cop happens to follow his curiosity instinct, and thank goodness Evan's character turned out to be not so goofy but smarter and thinking by the minute. It's relaxing entertainment, with no need of foul language involved -- straightforward ride, with adequate supporting roles including Jason Statham ("The Transporter" 2002 and "The Italian Job" 2003), and a seemingly unsuspecting role as the cop boss by Noah Emmerich (last seen in "Beyond Borders" 2003 opposite Clive Owen and Angelina Jolie).