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  • Justin Louallen

Cell Review

Justin here. I'm reviewing the film Cell, which is based on a novel by Stephen King. It stars John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson as survivors of a deadly outbreak that occurs in which people become zombie-like psychos by the use of cell phones. I was kind of curious about this movie because I am a fan of Stephen King's adaptations and this film reunited both Cusack and Jackson from the previous King film, 1408 which I really liked. Cusack plays Clay, a father and writer of a graphic novel who is on his way to meet his son and the carnage occurs at the airport. Along the way, he meets up with Samuel L. Jackson's character Thomas and another group of survivors to find the source of where the outbreak came from. I didn't think this movie was going to be bad, but oh my God I was wrong. This film pissed me off so much that I really cannot believe both of these fine actors agreed to be in this. Stephen King himself also wrote the screenplay, but from what I read, he changed the ending that was different from the book. The direction was so cheap and stale that you could obviously tell that this is a direct-to-DVD movie. The opening credits use a black bar with the credits inside and every scene is just characters killing a zombie, sleeping, and then walking some more. This has some of the worst shaky cam I have ever seen in a horror film since I watched parts of World War Z. The violence is so ridiculously watered down that you hardly even see any of the blood when someone is killed. Don't even get me started on the awful CGI that kept reminding me of another King adaptation, The Langoliers, which is not a good sign. It was so bad that they actually used CGI fire that's so obviously green-screened. The acting was terrible too. The other group of survivors had really cringe-worthy lines and reacted in the most nonchalant way anytime someone was killed. Cusack and Jackson looked bored in this film and not even their presence alone could've saved it. The story had such a stupid premise and was the same zombie movie that I've seen repeatedly in other films. Not to mention, the ending was so bad that I wanted to shoot my screen with a gun. This is one of those rare films that I have little to no pros. So far, this is the worst Stephen King film I've ever watched and I've seen Dreamcatcher. I'm giving this a 1/10.

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