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The Cell movie review (2000)

Jennifer Lopez does a wonderful job being a lead female role in the movie The Cell (2000), a psychological thriller that gets into your head, literally. She plays Catherine Deane, a psychotherapist with a twist. The people she works for use a machine that allows her to enter the mind of her patients, where she can see their world and why they may be having the issues they have. However, her time to shine is when a serial killer falls into a coma with a known “last victim” out there in the real world. She must get into his head, find the location and save the person.

The Cell movie poster

The Cell is a bit cliché with the notorious “last victim” with a killer who can’t be talked to (to find the answer to the “secret” location), as well as some other incidences that will remain unmentioned so as not to ruin the movie.

That notwithstanding, the rest of the movie was quite good. The acting in this movie was grand: well thought out and well-portrayed. Be aware that this movie is rated “R” for very good reasons (which should not be a surprise for any self-respecting thriller movie). The Cell can be scary for people with a fear of water. More importantly, there is content that is not appropriate for younger viewers, including sexual content, violence, some nudity, and language… not to mention the psychological tension throughout the movie that creeps into your marrow and keeps you on the edge of your seat, or back in the corner, wherever is safer for you.

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Check out your local library (for those in flint, try the Genesee County Library) for a rental of the movie. The Genesee County Library page can be found here. Or check out your local movie rental facility like Blockbuster (make sure to click on the "Store Locator" and then type in your postal/zip code, for 48473 or nearby residents click here).

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  • Kiani 5 years ago

    ooooh, a thriller! I love suspense... the poster alone made me want to see it, and then your review made me convinced that I am going to hunt down a copy and watch it. I'm not from Flint so I guess I'll have to look around on my own, but I think I know someone who has a copy. Thanks for another stellar review!

  • Kiani 5 years ago

    Ok, I couldn't get the trailer to load when I made the first comment. Now I did and I watched and Whoa!!! I need to see this. Thanks for telling me about it b/c I had never heard of it before.

  • Addie.Aynsley 5 years ago

    Ok, pretty sure I'd freak out if I watched it, hahaha.

    Again, great review!

  • aslindy 5 years ago

    For sure not my kind of movie, but when I was younger (before I had kids) I probably would have liked it - except for the water part.
    Thanks for the review!

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