The Cell (2000)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B

USA/Germany2000.  , Caro-McLeod, RadicalMedia, Katira Productions GmbH & Co. KG.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by , .   

What promised to be a fiercely imaginative thriller is a tepid serial killer yarn that badly imitates the mechanics of every other film of its kind, then spices it up with eye-popping graphics.  plays a child psychologist who has been engineering a new technology that allows her to enter the minds of comatose children to understand their illness. She has to enter the brain of a serial killer () in a similar situation when he is apprehended without revealing the whereabouts of his latest victim. The effects are impressive and Eiko Ishioka’s costume designs are fantastic, but all the head trip scenes are rooted in so little that they are rendered completely useless, plus the forty-five minutes of waiting for the money shots to start are excruciatingly boring.

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Makeup

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