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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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Clay Riddell
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Tom McCourt
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Alice Maxwell
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Sharon Riddell
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Johnny Riddell
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Jordan
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Charles Ardai
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Raggedy
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Ray
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Denise
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Hog-Tied Man (as Jeffrey Hallman)
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Bartender
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Geoff
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Sally
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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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Eli Roth was going to write and direct the adaptation, but dropped out, due to creative differences. See more »

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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 »

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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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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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Mr. Telephone Man
Written by Ray Parker Jr.
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A decent film, despite itself.
13 June 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am not a purist when it comes to adaptations, and I didn't hate this, at the same time I didn't love it.

It almost would've worked better as a miniseries.

Cell is a quasi zombie story by Stephen King, circa 2005, it's basically the thing Kirkman ripped off while developing The Walking Dead. The novel is a lumbering, melancholy at and times humorous take on the zombie genre and the mass market emergence of mobile communication devices.

The filmmakers do their damnedest at placing it into a modern timeframe, but it's almost too well adapted. While I'm not against changes and remakes, they almost would've been better off just sticking to the material and going all in.

Either way, I don't hate, it's just that the noncommittal to either the source material or the new take left the movie in a sort of state of limbo.

Overall, I'm glad I saw the film, I just wish it was willing to pick a side and just run with it.


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