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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Clay Riddell
Tom McCourt
Alice Maxwell
Sharon Riddell
Johnny Riddell
Charles Ardai
Hog-Tied Man (as Jeffrey Hallman)


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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10 June 2016 (USA)  »

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The film was originally set to premiere at the Film4 Frightfest on February 26th 2016, however in late January 2016, Fightfest announced on their website that "Due to circumstances beyond our control we have had to withdraw Cell (2016) from the 6:30 PM slot on Friday 26th of February. If you were looking forward to this in particular, we are sorry. There was absolutely nothing we could do about it, and believe us, we tried." See more »


When Ray is introducing Denise he says she's from "Haverhill", but doesn't pronounce it correctly - he says "Have-er-hill", not "Hay-veril" as it's actually pronounced, despite claiming to be from one town over from it. See more »


Tom McCourt: Clay, I'm really sorry about your family.
Clay Riddell: Don't be sorry because there is nothing to be sorry about yet.
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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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Written by Kenneth D. Goodloe, Ted Goodloe, Joe C. Jones, Carl Rudolph McGinnis, Willie Otis Munson
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You may drive a truck through them and they will not even notice
10 June 2016 | by (Near by the river) – See all my reviews

Even though the movie is not completely accurate to the Book, it's still delivers the same basic message.

And the message is this - Modern "Smart-phone" culture turns people into mindless zombies, who are fed through their mobile-phones with information. This information completely overtakes any personal reasoning abilities and turns people into a hive-minded flock who obey.

This is not a horror movie. It's not really a thriller.

This movie is a philosophical reflection of our modern culture.

There is not a lot of action in this movie.

The movie is quite straight forward. No mystery or anything like that.

Its a bit too long for it's purpose but the actors did fine.

The movie is not a sci-fi either. And it's not really a drama.

I'd recommend people watch this movie since it might give you something to think about. About how people submerge themselves in their cell-phones, facebooks, and general online feed of informational stream that is being transferred into their brain 24\7

It's kind of ironic how this story reflects the already present reality. We already have a bunch of "phoners" on the street.

We are all one of them in one way or another.

So this movie is a reflection of what is, not of what is to come. As I said - this is not sci-fi, not horror, not thriller and not a drama. It's a philosophical reflection of reality

"You may drive a truck through them and they will not even notice"

I give it 7 out of 10 since its way too long for such an obvious message. But i'd say, its one of the few King's screen adaptations that are nicely done. It's not boring to watch at all.

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