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
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 »
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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