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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.


Tod Williams


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


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Lloyd Kaufman, the co-Founder of Troma Entertainment and director of films like The Toxic Avenger (1984) and Tromeo and Juliet (1996), makes a cameo in the opening airport scene as the bystander in a blue Hawaiian shirt. See more »


When the main characters set fire to the dormant zombies on the sports field, it is all too obvious that the flames were added digitally in post-production. 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 »


Referenced in Sean Bradley Reviews: The Dark Tower (2017) See more »


You'll Never Walk Alone
Performed by Frank Simes
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
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A decent film, despite itself.
13 June 2016 | by Nixon_CarmichaelSee 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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Release Date:

10 June 2016 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA


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Dolby Digital


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