The Cell

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Star Rating: 5

Directed by Tarsem Singh (in his big-screen debut), this harrowing, mind-bending thriller features a strong supporting cast. Schizoid serial killer Carl Stargher (Vincent D’Onofrio) has been captured at last, but a neurological seizure has rendered him comatose, and FBI agent Peter Novak (Vince Vaughan) has no way to determine the location of Stargher’s latest and still-living victim. To probe the secrets contained in Stargher’s traumatized psyche, the FBI recruits psychologist Catherine Deane (Jennifer Lopez), who has mastered a new technology that allows her to enter the mind of another person. What she finds in Stargher’s head is a theater of the grotesque, which, as envisioned by first-time director Tarsem Singh, is a smorgasbord of the surreal that borrows liberally from the Brothers Quay, Czech animator Jan Svankmajer, Hieronymous Bosch, Salvador Dali, and a surplus of other cannibalized sources.

Rated R, 1 hr. 47 min., 2000

Our Opinion:
This movie is visually stunning. Very artsy bazaar and surreal. At times shocking. You really get the sense that you are in the mind of a psychopathic serial killer. I liked this one for its originality and the art references. This is one you will want to see again and again.

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