The Cell (2000)
Updated: Sep 5, 2022
I feel this film is underrated, I never hear anyone talk about it.All the impressive visuals and effects stand up even today. They remind me of a mix between Tim Burton and Pink Floyd. It was directed by Tarsem Singh, This was his directorial debut. Unfortunately he does not have a lot of work out there like many of other directors do. The look of this film is awesome, The visuals and sound design seamlessly blend to create the realistic dreamscape. The costumes and makeup are some of the best. They rivals Eiko Ishioka's work in Bram Stoker's Dracula as the best in horror. It has a star studded cast. Jennifer Lopez stars as Catherine Deane, a child psychotherapist who works for a company that has the technology to enter dreams. At the same time a serial killer is murdering women to feed his BDSM murder lust. The F.B.I finds him and a conveniently timed virus puts the killer in a coma. Vincent D'Onofrio stars as the serial killer Carl Stargher. He is terrifying in all the different costumes and makeup. There is a surprise around every corner that transitions the film from dream to nightmare. There is one scene that is hard to watch involving child abuse, it is not a long scene, it is necessary to establish the antagonist as sympathetic, but is not the funnest part of the film. The ending is satisfying, there is so much to see along the way. I give this a 7.5 out of 10. I would recommend it to anyone who has seen it or not, If you haven't seen it in years, watch it again. If you haven't watched it, watch it. It should be talked about more, the story is close to Silence of the Lambs but everything about this film is unique.