When a mysterious cell phone signal causes apocalyptic chaos, an artist is determined to reunite with his young son in New England.
Well, it’s a good thing I don’t remember anything about the book besides a mild feeling of distaste, particularly at how it ended, because it appears those who did read Cell found this a dreadful adaptation.
As a film, I cannot say I found it fared any better.
The beginning was very promising. There was gore (of which I am not even a fan but here was quite appropriate), action and most of all quite a lot of tension. I have to admit I gaped at the screen for at least a full minute when all hell broke loose.
However, as the narrative evolved, both the events and dialogues felt forced, despite Cusack’s and Jackson’s talent. I had quite a lot of trouble accepting let alone enjoying Jackson’s performance. What a shame.
It’s obviously a plot motivated story, both to figure out how to deal with what is happening and to get the main character reunited with his son, because there sure isn’t room to care about any of the other characters.
Still, I couldn’t even care for the two main ones. And they sure seemed to embrace the whole apocalyptic scenario quite well.
Also, the only time we get even close to an explanation is when the characters get to the school and after that it all just goes downhill. A complete waste of time.
The pace becomes incredibly slow at some point and I was actually bored. The creepy factor was so underused. Boy oh boy there was so much potential there to give me nightmares.
The ending was predictable and some things just did not make any sense, like the red-hooded character.
With so many movies of the genre out there, I cannot say I recommend this one. It could have been so much better. I just don’t understand how King himself was a co-writer and this is what came out to the public. What a disappointment.
Extra star for the premise and actors, who sadly were not even given a chance to perform at their best.