Cell (2016)

“Don’t be sorry because there is nothing to be sorry about yet.” – Clay

Number of Times Seen – 1 (27 Nov 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A mysterious signal sent via cell phones begins to turn everyone into Zombies.

My Take on it – During the course of this month, I have reviewed 3 other Stephen King adaptations and this film once again makes me wonder what was so special about things King writes when the adaptations are terrible.

This film was terrible and I really wanted to turn it off so many times because it kept getting sillier and sillier as things moved along.

The premise itself is interesting, but beyond that, the execution of it all was done really poorly.

It’s always fun watching Samuel L. Jackson and John Cusack, but their characters in this one feel like cardboard cutouts and I didn’t care at all what would happen to either of them.

I can now understand how this film could be made and shelved for two months before it was released because it’s really bad and apparently no amount of re-editing could fix that.

It’s really unfortunate that this is another poorly adapted King novel that just doesn’t live up to the standards of having his name on the cover.

Is this a poor adaptation or a poor story?

I’ll never know, because I doubt I will ever have the urge to read this novel.

That in and of itself is a real pity….

Bottom Line – Terrible film with an interesting premise that just doesn’t work at all. Jackson and Cusack are fun to watch again, but neither is able to do much with the cardboard cutout characters that they portray. I can completely understand how this film with was completed two years before it was released could get stuck on a shelf until they decided to finally release it.  Too bad it wasn’t any good at all.  Another poor King adaptation or poor King story?

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In the novel, the protagonist Tom McCourt is white, and the villain Raggedy Man is black, but in the film, this is reversed, as they are played by Samuel L. Jackson and Joshua Mikel respectively. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy


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4 thoughts on “Cell (2016)

  1. This is one i read the opening part of the book but i can’t focus on reading. i did love the opening sequence, which i feel is the point of the movie, technology is too important to the people it can take over their minds. the rest of the film is a mess i will agree there, i am pretty sure King and Cusack disowned it too.


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