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Cellular anyone??

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#1 of 26 OFFLINE   Erin C

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Posted September 12 2004 - 06:29 AM

Has anyone seen this yet?
I have been reading some pretty solid reviews,including Roger Ebert who said he liked it better than Phone Booth.

#2 of 26 OFFLINE   RichardReady



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Posted September 12 2004 - 08:49 AM

Saw it the other day and liked it. Probably not in my top 10, but a quite enjoyable hour & a half. Good mix of action, tension, and smiles. I thought that is was much better than Phonebooth, which I thought was a bit disappointing. You do find out "who dunnit and why" a bit early, but even that didn't seem so bad when it was all said and done. William H. Macy was very good in as much as he was used. I really wish that he would have been seen more.

#3 of 26 OFFLINE   Kevin Grey

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Posted September 12 2004 - 11:55 AM

I agree with Richard. A very enjoyable hour and a half in the theater. The filmmakers clearly had a lot of fun with the concept and many of the situations were very clever with a nice amount of humor added in. Basinger was very good and Will H Macy stole the show. I wasn't too hot on Chris Evans initially but his performance grew on me throughout the film and I enjoy Jason Statham in almost any role.

#4 of 26 OFFLINE   Alex Spindler

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Posted September 12 2004 - 12:35 PM

I'll echo those comments. Well done and a level above what I had any reason to expect. It is also superior to recent films likePhonebooth, although the comparison between them is pretty unfair.

For the most part, they managed to be continually inventive with their concept and never wore out the welcome. The action was well filmed and they got a fair amount of suspense during the key portions.

#5 of 26 OFFLINE   DougFND


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Posted September 13 2004 - 06:46 AM

Went Saturday and was pleasantly surprised. I'm recommending it to friends.

#6 of 26 OFFLINE   David Galindo

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Posted September 13 2004 - 04:47 PM

Excellent, and definitely the best thriller this year. Well recommended.

#7 of 26 OFFLINE   Matt Stone

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Posted September 13 2004 - 05:17 PM

Saw it yesterday, and I too was impressed. I feel the same way as Kevin about Chris Evans. He grew on me during the film, and I ended up liking him a lot. Statham was great, and William H. Macy was hilarious. Not the smartest film around, but definitely a guilty pleasure.
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#8 of 26 OFFLINE   BrianB



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Posted September 20 2004 - 02:58 AM

Excellent, and definitely the best thriller this year.

I enjoyed it more than I expected I would but I wouldn't go far - have you seen Spartan?

Cellular was a "fun" concept and played on the over the top concept nicely. Kim Basinger & William H Macy were very good in their roles. The plot moved along at a brisk place, and the film didn't outstay its welcome.
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#9 of 26 OFFLINE   CraigL



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Posted September 20 2004 - 03:41 AM

How long does Chris Evans have his shirt off? That might be the make or break for me. Posted Image

#10 of 26 OFFLINE   Patrick Sun

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Posted September 25 2004 - 01:02 PM

I entered the film with low expectations, despite decent buzz, and came out of the film enjoying the crazy ride the film took the viewers on for 90 minutes.

This is one of those films where the audience gets into the film, and almost thinks it's getting to participate in what's going on on screen. We don't get shortchanged in the tension, or the action, and the film seldom drags. So moving at a brisk pace, even some of the stuff that stretches disbelief gets a pass because the film is having a lot of fun with the concept and execution of the script.

So ratchet down the expectations, and you'll have fun with this film.

I give it 3 stars or a grade of B.
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#11 of 26 OFFLINE   David Galindo

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Posted September 25 2004 - 02:28 PM

have you seen Spartan?

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#12 of 26 OFFLINE   MattGentry


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Posted September 25 2004 - 04:55 PM

Finally got around to seeing it today (just before the atrocity that was The Forgotten) and was pleasantly surprised.

A fast-paced, well-done thriller that had just the right amount of action, comedy, and fun.

However, the one thing that brought this movie down, for me at least, was Kim Basinger. Her performance in the first half was horrible, and only got mildly better towards the end.

William H. Macy, one of my favorite actors, was, as per usual, great, though terribly underused. Jason Statham, love him as I do, was very good as well. And Chris Evans did a very nice job as Ryan. Should prove to be quite a good actor, providing he chooses his roles wisely.

Definitely recommend.

#13 of 26 OFFLINE   Bob Graz

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Posted September 26 2004 - 08:28 AM

I saw Cellular today. I agree with much of what has been written here. The movie exceeded my expectations (which weren't high) and it was enjoyable. It moved right along, had a good mix of action, twists/turns and drama. I'd give it a solid B.

#14 of 26 OFFLINE   Jerry R Colvin

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Posted September 26 2004 - 12:53 PM

Saw Cellular, loved Cellular. Chris Evans will make a good Johnny Human Torch!!

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Posted September 26 2004 - 04:06 PM

Could anyone tell me the extent of Dat Phan's role in Cellular?


#16 of 26 OFFLINE   Justin Hargis

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Posted September 26 2004 - 06:46 PM

Dat Phan's got two short scenes. The latter being a bit longer with more dialogue. Dat Phan is hilarious. Posted Image

#17 of 26 OFFLINE   Dave Hackman

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Posted October 02 2004 - 03:24 PM

Listen, listen I need you to read this, don’t look away or open another application. I was kidnapped and tied to a theater chair by a well shaven man in blue jeans and forced to watch this movie. I have been reconnecting keyboard keys all day so I could relay this message to you and here it is. I would not go to see this unless you have a sense of humor because as a straight thriller this film SUCKSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS Jabba the Hutt’s Trim-Spa body.

Kim Basinger has taken on this role with such zest that she has adopted Linda Hamilton’s Terminator 2 workout and has transformed herself from an attractive women into a Man Baby. She has the arms of a Kenyan marathon runner and the face of crack addict. Wow. Forget superficial things like looks; lets look at her acting and to say she one-ups William Shatner for overacting is an understatement. She takes the Stupid White Female role to a whole new level. Her ability to hit high notes like Mariah Carey during her abduction was an unexpected surprise to say the least. She would go from a frantic pull your hair out moment to a calm valium induced lecture that was so over the top I just wanted to stand up an applaud. I thought she could not be out done, but once I saw her husband played by Richard Burgi who also acted in this manner, I just sat back in my seat in disbelief and embraced this film as a good comedy. One scene that I just died laughing at, was the part where she is trying to incapacitate a kidnapper with her arms trembling like an eruption at Mount St. Helens and her husband tells their son not to watch his mother and too focus on him until she overtook took the man. Wow, now that’s what I call good parenting.

I thought it was ridicules that every stinking person in this film had a phone on his or her ear at the same time, until I left the theater and guess what? It’s true.

I pray that Kim and Richard were told to act like this, because if not this is the worst acting I have every seen and for the Love of Pete, please get some food in Kim before she becomes a strip pole in the next Beverly Hills Cop movie.


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Posted February 25 2005 - 08:05 PM

Can't seem to find any official review thread for Cellular so I guess I'll post here. Got this in today from Netflix. I really enjoyed it.

The performances were good, and for the most part, believable. At first, I didn't think "Ryan" would be able to carry it but he did well. Macy was great as usual. And Basinger was effective. Good Lord, she's hot. :b

An effective thriller that I'm sorry I missed in theaters. Looking forward to seeing this again.

BTW, fantastic video quality and wonderfully immersive Dolby Digital track. New Line Cinema does outstanding work, indeed. Posted Image

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Posted February 25 2005 - 08:46 PM

Thnnkfully, I saw this movie on DVD. I also didn't have to pay to see it, which was another bonus. As a thriller this film was lame. The writing was lame with one improbable action after another. There was an incident with two cell phones and an exotic sports car that was completely ridiculous. What the character did with the phones in that car was physically impossible. The fact that the writer used such a stupid deus ex machina to move the story showed how little he or she cared about what they were coughing up on paper. The characters also did stupid things that no rational person would do.

I agree with another poster here. This film, as an unintentional comedy, was a gut buster. As a serious thriller this movie was Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

Comparing this film to Phone Booth IS unfair: unfair to Phone Booth that is.
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Posted February 26 2005 - 10:53 AM

I watched this last night with the wife and parents. Like Edwin, the fact that it cost me nothing is about the only good thing I can say about it. Posted Image

I don't know that Kim Bassinger did a bad job but something about her performance was odd, her scenes almost seemed detached from the rest of the movie (not sure if that makes sense). Mostly I thought the writing was annoyingly bad.

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