Jul 06 2011
So the point of this feature is to recommend to you a film that you might not otherwise check out, but is probably not a well respected classic like most titles you’ve heard of. So far, many of you have been fans of the films I’ve recommended, which is great, but I’m going to try and push the limits here.
Any love for Cellular out there? To me it seemed like the ultimate throwaway flick, but I was intrigued by its cast of Chris Evans, Jason Statham and William H. Macy so I gave it a go. The film is directed by stuntman turned B-movie director David R. Ellis, also responsible for Snakes on a Plane and two Final Destination movies. This should be good.
The film follows a woman (Kim Basinger) kidnapped by a man (Jason Statham) for reasons I can’t quite remember at the moment. Money, presumably. After she tries to reach a nearby phone, he smashes it to pieces, and she is forced to randomly cross wires until she can reach just one random number, that of Chris Evans’ cell phone. She must convince him that she’s actually in danger, and once she does, Evans has to figure out how the hell to help her.
You have to admit it’s kind of a cool concept for a film, and it’s surprisingly good in execution. It won’t win any awards, but I’ll be damned if it didn’t have me on the edge of my seat throughout. The non-stop action plotline reminded me of a film like Crank, where the action CAN’T ever slow down due to the premise. Cellular isn’t exactly a classic by any means, but I think it’s a damn decent action flick if you’re in the right mood.
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