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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 Rogg√© 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).