The Cell

Enter the mind of a killer
Enter the mind of a killer
D: Tarsem (Singh)
Warner Bros/New Line/Radical Media (Julio Caro & Eric McLeod)
USA 🇺🇸 2000
107 mins


W: Mark Protosevich
DP: Paul Laufer
Ed: Paul Rubell & Robert Duffy
Mus: Howard Shore
PD: Tom Foden
Cos: Eiko Ishioka & April Napier

Jennifer Lopez (Dr. Catherine Deane), Vince Vaughn (Agent Peter Novak), Vincent D'Onofrio (Carl Rudolph Stargher), Jake Webber (Agent Gordon Ramsay), Dylan Baker (Henry West), Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Dr. Miriam Kent)

Strange psychological horror tale about a child psychotherapist who must enter the mind of a comatose serial killer in order to discover where he has hidden his latest victim.
The story is nonsense and the acting performances are all rather average, but where the film excels is in its unique visual style which is quite unlike any other film which follows a similar plot route.
Jennifer Lopez is completely miscast in the lead, but doesn't do a terrible job despite this. The film received an Academy Award nomination for its achievement in the makeup category.

Vincent D'Onofrio & Jennifer Lopez in The Cell
Vincent D'Onofrio & Jennifer Lopez in The Cell