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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Clay Riddell
Tom McCourt
Alice Maxwell
Sharon Riddell
Johnny Riddell
Charles Ardai
Jeff Hallman ...
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 26, 2016. However, in late January 2016, Frightfest announced on their website, that "Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have had to withdraw Cell (2016) from the 6:30 P.M. 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 »


The open credit sequence clearly takes place at the Atlanta Airport (Harttsfield Jackson), signs are clearly seen throughout the Delta terminals, Boston Airport announcements are dubbed in until we see John Cusack come off the airplane. 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 »


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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Well it's a Stephen King movie.
28 June 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm a big Stephen King fan and have read many of his books, but Cell was one I had never read. When I heard of it, the concept sounded kind of neat but I just never got around to it. After seeing the movie though, maybe I was in the right not reading it.

They're some good King movies(Shawshank, Green Mile, e.t.c), and countless laugh-out-loud terrible ones. Cell is on a completely new level of crap. Clay (John Cusack) is an artist waiting at an airport to fly home to see his family. All of the sudden, everyone in the airport receives a strange sound from their phones. This turns then into crazed maniacs that know practically nothing except death. They're not technically zombies, they only beat and kill people. In all the chaos, Clay runs into Tom (Samuel L. Jackson). The two decide to stick together to find Clay's family.

The only redeeming thing about this movie is the acting is just barely passable.

Most things in this movie just make 0 sense. Clay's paintings of a man who is basically a prophet is the guy behind all of the chaos which they never explain. The crazed people are only active in the day, and at night they recharge just by laying there. You can't expect the audience to just understand what's going on just by one piece of dialogue.

THE CGI AND EFFECTS SUCK SO BAD, MY STICKY NOTE BALL ANIMATION LOOKS MORE REALISTIC THAN THIS GARBAGE! How were these effects allowed! The first 10 minutes a plane crashes and it is the absolute worst! It looked like it ran at 15 fps. It's inexcusable and makes me regret being born.

In the end is it the worst movie ever?: No. Is it one of THE WORST Stephen King movies?: YES TIMES TEN. And with all the terrible King movies, that's saying a lot.

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