Enter The Mind Of A Killer
A psychotherapist journeys inside a comatose serial killer in the hopes of saving his latest victim.
A psychotherapist journeys inside a comatose serial killer in the hopes of saving his latest victim.
Jennifer Lopez Vincent D'Onofrio Vince Vaughn Jake Thomas Catherine Sutherland James Gammon Colton James Dylan Baker Marianne Jean-Baptiste Gerry Becker Musetta Vander Patrick Bauchau Jake Weber Dean Norris Tara Subkoff Lauri Johnson John Cothran, Jr. Jack Conley Kamar de los Reyes Pruitt Taylor Vince Peter Sarsgaard
A Cela, 移魂追凶, The cell - La cellula, La Celda, Клетка
Film #11 of "Scavenger Hunt #3" Challenge!
Task #11 : A film about a serial killer!
Director Tarsem Singh's psychological thriller may not have been a 5 star movie but it wasn't for lack of trying! Extraordinarily gorgeous visuals coupled with grotesque imagery that are the stuff of nightmares subjected my eyeballs to a binge of epic proportions!
Jennifer Lopez and Vince Vaughn's characters were quite likable and made the journey into the fantastical world of the unbelievable believable!
But the real stars of the film was the original premise and of course the striking visuals! For the artistic inclined out there the film has many scenes inspired by real works of art!
In the summer of 2000, I was 17-years-old and mesmerized by The Cell, I remember going to see it at the Sunset Drive-In on a few different occasions. Granted, I watched the entire film through a cloud of smoke because if I was at the drive-in, it meant that films were watched while hotboxing in a car (with all of the windows rolled up and at least two or three joints going at the same time). We'd open the car doors to head over to the concession stand in between features and smoke would pour out of the car like something straight out of a Cheech & Chong film, because, let's face it - the only people who really go see…
As lovely as it is deeply stupid, like a MATRIX knockoff designed by a committee of Bob Flanagan, Damien Hirst, and Henry Darger. At its best a genuinely unsettling freakout distilled from a lot of ostentatiously grim, intrinsically misogynist pop serial killer imagery, and at its worst reinforcing the stereotypical crap about violent mental illness being rooted almost exclusively in sexual dysfunction and trauma.
what world do you live in ?
this was an visual myriad trip. like i remember parts of this as a kid but nothing concrete. but it feels like the atmosphere of Jacobs Ladder mixed with Silent Hill thematics & of course a hint of Silence Of The Lambs and i was all the way with it. this got a lot of shit for focusing more on its setting/costume designs but i really think it projected the story in more unique macabre ways. not to mention the directors background of making music videos help deliver aesthetics of mental trauma & the sinister world of being inside an unstable killer’s psyche. i mean storywise is pretty average so i think the visionary aspects elevated it. yeah…
Imagine "Silence of the Lambs" filtered through the fever dream of someone who has spent too much time in a bazaar in Marrakech, and you will have an idea of what "The Cell" has in store for its audience. Combining the stylized, pan-cultural aesthetic of Tarsem's Singh's imagination with an already interesting concept, the film is an effective, sometimes disturbing, thriller. It is slowly paced, but completely engrossing and visually stunning.
I don't want to repeat my review for Thir13en Ghosts, but there's one scene in this film which makes not doing that extremely difficult. Very early on when Lopez enter's VDO's world, she lets us know that all the rooms with the dead-eyed women in them contain ideal/fantasized versions of his victims.
Each one seems to resemble its own 90's Music Video. And on my notes, I have marked down a few:
Sheryl Crow - "If It Makes You Happy" (The Blue One)
Silverchair - "Freak" (The Green One)
Mack 10 featuring Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg - "Only in California" (The Grey One)
Sneaker Pimps - "6 Underground" (The Red One)…
Rejoice, weird gays, I have finally re-watched "The Cell" for the first time since I wasn't yet legal to drink. It's ... okay! I wish they'd have really let Jennifer Lopez be the lead instead of turning it into this three-headed creature. Her parts I liked the best (her parts are also the ones that take place within Tarsem's orgy of art direction), though D'Onofrio is suuuuuuuuper scary throughout. It's amazing to me to think about the sheer breadth of miscast roles that we allowed Vince Vaughn to play after "Swingers." This is one of those. Parts of this movie really want to be "The Silence of the Lambs," and other parts want to be this Ken Russell baroque fantasy. Disliked the former, liked the latter. Which makes me a weird gay who ~likes~ "The Cell."
this appeals to me so so much on an aesthetic level and it’s pretty much everything i want out of gorgeous maximalist surreal horror imagery (cremaster cycle, some greenaway films, and the music video for closer by nine inch nails came to mind in very good ways). it’s astounding that a big studio spent so much money on a film largely composed of elaborate tableaux of sadomasochistic and expressionistic images. the horror is unreal and scaled up, but the pain and fear is far from illusory, in fact it is nearly all-permeating aside from the space allotted for empathy. the only thing that holds it back a little is some tired representations of mental health diagnoses (no more egregious in this sense than…
Three stars is probably a bit too generous for this, yet I can't help but imagine a version where the cop guy is someone like William Petersen in Manhunter instead of fuckin' Vince Vaughn. Parts of it earlier on feel like a moodier Total Recall. 2000 release, but this is absolutely a '90s movie. I liked the mind-diving suits which looked like a skintight sleeve of muscle.
THE CELL topped my Best-Of list back in 2000. I remember seeing it on opening weekend and being completely overwhelmed by it. Tarsem Singh's surrealistic images (sometimes beautiful, sometimes horrific, and frequently both) were mind-blowing, the thundering score was hypnotic and overpowering, and the story zipped along, an audacious, completely unique blending of a SILENCE OF THE LAMBS/SE7EN-style serial killer narrative with the dream-world horror of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. I was floored, and was aghast when the general reaction was so lukewarm from the public and from the critics (who, of all people, I felt should have responded to its bold originality and cinematic adventurousness).
Now, 13 years on, I can see how THE CELL might not necessarily…
Hey, there. So, you've decided to use this experimental technology to dive into my brain to try to figure out what I thought of The Cell. Because that's 100% a thing we can do, but it hasn't gotten any media attention and it's just used by this one group of psychologists with no real outside oversight. I don't know, just roll with it.
One of the things you were sent in here to figure out was why I watched this instead of the David Lynch film I originally had on my list. Which was it again? As soon as you wonder this (possibly aloud, as though there's a camera following you because you're a character in movie or something), you're…
Visions of a psychosis. A plunge into the multi-color explosion, a rainbow rabbit-hole into the chamber of deep purple. Traumas circle by and by, memories of dolls and the piercing pain that gave the king his crown of horns. An epic tragedy of irreversible damage and a psyche twisted. The worst hurt is the kind that sits in the mind for ages and festers, seeps into all the delusions and grand pictures.
like if Hellraiser 2 had the sfx technology of the year 2000
The visuals are great, but they’re just thrown together and have no deeper meaning. On a ‘metaphorical’ aspect it’s all bullshit, but overall it’s a highly entertaining serial killer flick
This movie's premise is not so different from the mind-entering of Dreamscape, just less wild-subconscious dreams, more controlled and self-defined headspace. But while I never felt like Dreamscape wasted its premise on “trying to stop the assassination of the President”; I'm not sure I feel the same about this movie's “real-world” stakes being 90's serial killer shit and having to find some drowning girl.
And that serial killer shit is very 90's, this twitchy weirdo suspending himself by hooks over the corpses of his victims (how does he even do this by himself?) and jacking off, Vince Vaughan looking at the perp's rap sheet and muttering “You're a bad man, arent'cha Carl”. Screaming child abuse, lots of dead, tormented women.…
I am definitely not high enough for this movie.
Now matter how shitty the script is, Tarsem's production design team and his riffs/hommages to Lynch always wins me over
o filme eh only visuais nao poderia ligar menos para o resto
I could watch JLo rip nipples off all day.
Some of the imagery in this movie is really beautiful.
If not for Vince Vaughn, it would not be as likable.
I love the visual feast. Yes 911 brought me back here.
vince vaughn, go get your own movie! i'm trying to enjoy 00s goth j.lo ripping off a demon's nipples and you are ruining the vibe!
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
It's not surprising to learn that The Cell's director, Tarsem Singh, was a music video director, because often times the set pieces of the film can feel like music videos. However, the style brought to his film is an absolute delight on all levels and elevates the film rather than only serving as flashes in a pan. Seriously, for all the talk of comparing this film to previous films (I've counted at least The Matrix, Silence of the Lambs, Blue Velvet and Nightmare on Elm Street looking through reviews on here), it's clearly gone on to influence as many projects, including the Saw franchise and TV's Hannibal and American Horror Story.
The screenplay is probably the weakest part of the…
You motherfuckers are being way too harsh with this lol
Se7en meets Jodorowsky meets Pierre & Gilles meets Madonna's Bedtime Story music video meets Soviet-Armenian film (check out the music video he recently directed for Lady Gaga if you haven't already) Definitely Singh's best among the handful of films he's directed
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