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Cell (2016)

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When a mysterious cell phone signal causes apocalyptic chaos, an artist is determined to reunite with his young son in New England.

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Tod Williams

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Stephen King (based on the novel by), Stephen King (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cusack ... Clay Riddell
Samuel L. Jackson ... Tom McCourt
Isabelle Fuhrman ... Alice Waxman
Clark Sarullo ... Sharon Riddell
Ethan Andrew Casto ... Johnny Riddell
Owen Teague ... Jordan
Stacy Keach ... Charles Ardai
Joshua Mikel ... Raggedy
Anthony Reynolds ... Ray Huizenga
Erin Elizabeth Burns Erin Elizabeth Burns ... Denise Link
Jeff Hallman Jeff Hallman ... Hog-Tied Man (as Jeffrey Hallman)
Mark Ashworth ... Bartender
Wilbur Fitzgerald ... Geoff
Catherine Dyer ... Sally
E. Roger Mitchell ... Roscoe
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When a strange signal pulsates through all cell phone networks worldwide, it starts a murderous epidemic of epic proportions when users become bloodthirsty creatures, and a group of people in New England are among the survivors to deal with the ensuing chaos after. Written by mystic80

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When everyone is connected no one is safe


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Rated R for disturbing violent content, terror, brief sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Distribution for the film was doomed from the start. Back in 2013, Benaroya Pictures and Miscellaneous Entertainment formed an international sales company, International Film Trust, and took the as-of-yet unfilmed Cell (2016) to Cannes to sell off distribution rights. No U.S. distributor signed on to the project. In February 2015, new start-up distributor, Clarius Entertainment, picked up U.S. distribution rights for Cell (2016), and planned on a late 2015 wide release. The extent of their marketing efforts was uploading a still image with their acquisition press release, no trailers were cut. Clarius released their first three pictures in 2014 and all three were box-office flops, Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2013), And So It Goes (2014), and Before I Go to Sleep (2014). Their other films weren't better off: She's Funny That Way (2014) went through a bidding war, which Clarius won. If any of the studios bidding on the film had won the rights, it would have had a theatrical roll-out, but after Clarius left the film in limbo, the producers were only able to sell the film to Lionsgate for a video-on-demand release, and small token theatrical release. My All-American (2015), now as Aviron Pictures, flopped hard, grossing a mere two million dollars in theaters, and The Outcasts (2017) saw itself in a similar bind as Cell (2016). Unable to provide payment for She's Funny That Way (2014) and its pending litigation, it is more than likely Cell (2016) and The Outskirts (2017) would go down a similar path. Enter Saban Films, the same company who swooped in to save Rob Zombie's 31 (2016) and now did the same for Cell (2016) on March 31st. Saban's marketing campaign revved up in April 2016, revealing the first official poster and trailer on April 26th, as well as U.S. theatrical release date: July 8, 2016. See more »

Goofs

At about 31 minutes one of the phone crazies runs into a clearly identifiable Ponderosa Pine tree. There are no Ponderosa Pine trees within a thousand miles of Boston. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Riddell: What's the name of the place we're going?
Clay Riddell: Canada.
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Crazy Credits

After the closing credits have finished, the catalyst signal from the movie plays for approximately 5-10 seconds, with no image, as if attempting to convert the audience. See more »


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To Be Loved (Forever)
Performed by The Pentagons
Written by Kenneth D. Goodloe, Ted Goodloe, Joe C. Jones, Carl Rudolph McGinnis, Willie Otis Munson
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Don't bother.
15 August 2016 | by dubvidsSee all my reviews

Any movie set to star John Cusack is bound to be a flop. Due to horrible amounts of cosmetic surgery Cusacks range of facial expressions range from a strange open mouth look to occasional movements of his eyelids. Jackson does his B-grade best in his support role but the real issue of this nonsense movie is its complete lack of anything that makes a great book to movie adaption happen.

Cell was my first King book and it was enjoyable, with a light hearted message about conformity and mass consumption in the digital age. Characters were likable and the story flowed at a good pace.

The movie jumps from one chapter of the book to the next. With large variations and huge plot gaps, mostly for budget reasons I imagine. The plot is slapped together with no obvious direction and characters come and go without any feeling of attachment/likability or explanation of who they are or why they are there. I only knew who was who, because I had read the book, had I not it would have made no sense.

I had my hopes up when I read this movie was happening many years ago now. Once again Kings book has not been done justice. The ending made no sense but at that point I didn't care and was happy it had finished.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 2016 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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