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Cell

A phone signal turns humans into ghouls.

 

United States
2016
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Zombie Film
Trickster: 
Impostor
Catastrophes: 
Apocalypse
Crash
Explosion
Dimensional: 
Cell
Infected: 
Contagious
Diseased
Host
Object: 
Telephone
Psychics: 
Hypnotist
Telepathist
5.04
A wake-up call!
7.04
5.04
8
7.04
2
4
3
Performances
Pace
Ambiance
If they were zombies, they would be contagious. They don’t seem to be. If they were revenants, they would be returning from the grave. The disease is apparently triggered by electromagnetic waves, so we’re either dealing with some kind of disease, a psychological parasite or even mass demonic possession. At some point, the theory of cellular terrorism is even suggested. Scary!
The most powerful aspect of Cell is that it doesn’t use its biggest cards first. Stephen King wrote the novel this is based on and adapted a screenplay. John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson play the main characters. The planets are aligned for one of the best King adaptations since 1408, but, in the end, there is a lot, here, that we’ve seen before. Dialogue is key but that's not all we need...
King thought he could revolutionize the subgenre. Everyone tried and few succeeded. Fans of zombies, demons and rabid creatures might enjoy Cell. It’s similar enough to the stuff it pays homage to, and it contains surprises of its own. The second half of the film is particularly imaginative, in part because it slows down so we can leave the action behind and let the horror and the sadness sink in.
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