Enter The Mind Of A Killer
A psychotherapist journeys inside a comatose serial killer in the hopes of saving his latest victim.
A psychotherapist journeys inside a comatose serial killer in the hopes of saving his latest victim.
Jennifer Lopez Vincent D'Onofrio Vince Vaughn Catherine Sutherland James Gammon Colton James Dylan Baker Marianne Jean-Baptiste Gerry Becker Musetta Vander Patrick Bauchau Jake Weber Dean Norris Tara Subkoff Lauri Johnson John Cothran, Jr. Jack Conley Kamar de los Reyes Pruitt Taylor Vince Peter Sarsgaard Christopher Janney Nicholas Cascone Joe La Piana Jake Thomas Kim Chizevsky-Nicholls Jennifer Day Alanna Vicente Aja Echols Vanessa Branch Show All…
A Cela, 移魂追凶, Клетка, The cell - La cellula, La Celda
As lovely as it is deeply stupid, like a MATRIX knockoff designed by a committee of Bob Flanagan, Damien Hirst, and Henry Darger. At its best a genuinely unsettling freakout distilled from a lot of ostentatiously grim, intrinsically misogynist pop serial killer imagery, and at its worst reinforcing the stereotypical crap about violent mental illness being rooted almost exclusively in sexual dysfunction and trauma.
Film #11 of "Scavenger Hunt #3" Challenge!
Task #11 : A film about a serial killer!
Director Tarsem Singh's psychological thriller may not have been a 5 star movie but it wasn't for lack of trying! Extraordinarily gorgeous visuals coupled with grotesque imagery that are the stuff of nightmares subjected my eyeballs to a binge of epic proportions!
Jennifer Lopez and Vince Vaughn's characters were quite likable and made the journey into the fantastical world of the unbelievable believable!
But the real stars of the film was the original premise and of course the striking visuals! For the artistic inclined out there the film has many scenes inspired by real works of art!
In the summer of 2000, I was 17-years-old and mesmerized by The Cell, I remember going to see it at the Sunset Drive-In on a few different occasions. Granted, I watched the entire film through a cloud of smoke because if I was at the drive-in, it meant that films were watched while hotboxing in a car (with all of the windows rolled up and at least two or three joints going at the same time). We'd open the car doors to head over to the concession stand in between features and smoke would pour out of the car like something straight out of a Cheech & Chong film, because, let's face it - the only people who really go see…
Mental health has been touched on films probably since the inception of cinema as an art. As many who suffered from any of form of this will tell you, most of these films rarely do a good job portraying them on screen but rather "satanizing" them and giving a bad rap.
Tarsem Singh (The Fall) breakthrough film takes on the subject from an interesting point by taking on the very gruesome police procedurals and thriller of the era (think Seven or Taking Lives), all set in the subconscious (a la Inception), interchanging between the real life and this world of nightmare (heavily influenced by Jorodowsky, but much darker). As The Fall, the direction…
what world do you live in ?
this was an visual myriad trip. like i remember parts of this as a kid but nothing concrete. but it feels like the atmosphere of Jacobs Ladder mixed with Silent Hill thematics & of course a hint of Silence Of The Lambs and i was all the way with it. this got a lot of shit for focusing more on its setting/costume designs but i really think it projected the story in more unique macabre ways. not to mention the directors background of making music videos help deliver aesthetics of mental trauma & the sinister world of being inside an unstable killer’s psyche. i mean storywise is pretty average so i think the visionary aspects elevated it. yeah…
Imagine "Silence of the Lambs" filtered through the fever dream of someone who has spent too much time in a bazaar in Marrakech, and you will have an idea of what "The Cell" has in store for its audience. Combining the stylized, pan-cultural aesthetic of Tarsem's Singh's imagination with an already interesting concept, the film is an effective, sometimes disturbing, thriller. It is slowly paced, but completely engrossing and visually stunning.
I came across an editorial showcasing the late great Eiko Ishioka's costume designs for The Cell and was so fascinated by them that I decided to run with the sudden urge to drop what I was doing and watch the film just to see them. Spoiler alert: they did not disappoint.
Ishioka's creations, paired with Tarsem Singh's instantly recognizable visual palette (replete with the striking fruits of his imagination) and a haunting score from Howard Shore, make The Cell an undeniably arresting piece of sensory-driven entertainment. With solid performances from Jennifer Lopez, Vince Vaughn, and a terrifying Vincent D'onofrio (not to mention supporting work from the ever underrated Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Dylan Baker), this is a strong case…
I don't want to repeat my review for Thir13en Ghosts, but there's one scene in this film which makes not doing that extremely difficult. Very early on when Lopez enter's VDO's world, she lets us know that all the rooms with the dead-eyed women in them contain ideal/fantasized versions of his victims.
Each one seems to resemble its own 90's Music Video. And on my notes, I have marked down a few:
Sheryl Crow - "If It Makes You Happy" (The Blue One)
Silverchair - "Freak" (The Green One)
Mack 10 featuring Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg - "Only in California" (The Grey One)
Sneaker Pimps - "6 Underground" (The Red One)…
style IS substance you morons
this appeals to me so so much on an aesthetic level and it’s pretty much everything i want out of gorgeous maximalist surreal horror imagery (cremaster cycle, some greenaway films, and the music video for closer by nine inch nails came to mind in very good ways). it’s astounding that a big studio spent so much money on a film largely composed of elaborate tableaux of sadomasochistic and expressionistic images. the horror is unreal and scaled up, but the pain and fear is far from illusory, in fact it is nearly all-permeating aside from the space allotted for empathy. the only thing that holds it back a little is some tired representations of mental health diagnoses (no more egregious in this sense than…
Rejoice, weird gays, I have finally re-watched "The Cell" for the first time since I wasn't yet legal to drink. It's ... okay! I wish they'd have really let Jennifer Lopez be the lead instead of turning it into this three-headed creature. Her parts I liked the best (her parts are also the ones that take place within Tarsem's orgy of art direction), though D'Onofrio is suuuuuuuuper scary throughout. It's amazing to me to think about the sheer breadth of miscast roles that we allowed Vince Vaughn to play after "Swingers." This is one of those. Parts of this movie really want to be "The Silence of the Lambs," and other parts want to be this Ken Russell baroque fantasy. Disliked the former, liked the latter. Which makes me a weird gay who ~likes~ "The Cell."
Three stars is probably a bit too generous for this, yet I can't help but imagine a version where the cop guy is someone like William Petersen in Manhunter instead of fuckin' Vince Vaughn. Parts of it earlier on feel like a moodier Total Recall. 2000 release, but this is absolutely a '90s movie. I liked the mind-diving suits which looked like a skintight sleeve of muscle.
Despite the logistical shortcomings this movie is so visually awesome for me I love it anyhow
Like the try hard little brother of The Matrix and Silence of the Lambs. The visuals are absolutely striking, though. Can't help thinking that some solid police work would have solved the case without needing the sci-fi shit at all...
Dope visuals. Jennifer Lopez killed it.
Ok, this one is an aesthetic triumph. When taken as a visual piece, there truly is nothing else like it. The plot is VERY secondary to this. Sure, it is a second-rate interpretation of Silence of the Lambs. But honestly, who gives a fucking shit? When paired with such a visual feast, that should be the least of your worries. The fact that The Cell was a MAINSTREAM RELEASE is another testament to its power. A glorified 100 minute music video, but the only song that matters is mairzy doats and dozy doats (shoutout to Twin Peaks). Fuck, I could write a goddamn dissertation on how the visual style of The Cell perfectly encapsulates the early 2000s/pre-9/11 obsession with maximalism…
Darker than I realized. As with all of Tarsem Singh’s films, the production design is incredible. Some of the CHI hasn’t aged well, but this is bolstered by enough practical effects to still largely work. Not really a performance movie, but Vaughn, DiNofrio and of course JLo are all really compelling and committed to this world. I do wish JLo got to be more of the hero of this story, but she gets to do some really cool shit regardless. What a career. This maybe didn’t blow my mind as much as I’d hope and it’s a little slow, but it’s still incredible to watch.
Almost on the same level as something like The Butterfly Effect, but I can’t not respect the thought and care that was put into the imagery of this one
Definitely a strange, weird, but cool way to get in the mind of a serial killer. Jennifer Lopez looking amazing as always. This movie was also very much so on the artistic side, which kept me interested and wanting for more. Can tell this is from 2000 with the way this one went lol all in all cool to see. DAMN THAT BOOTY i swear to god 😅😍
Very bizarre movie, a strange combination of "Silence of the Lambs" + "The Matrix" + "Jacob's Ladder." I know a lot of people do not like this movie, but I actually really got something out of it. Very impressive production, costume, and makeup design - a great sense of visual style and worldbuilding. At its' core, it kind of feels like a pretty basic Hollywood film in terms of acting, story-structure, music, and the overall filmmaking. I think Jennifer Lopez worked really well for this role, but Vince Vaughn felt kind of out of place. Not a particularly great vert original, but I really enjoyed it and would recommend checking it out. Underrated in my opinion - 6/10.
Some stunning visuals and acting despite its predictability. Just didnt feel fully cooked through in the end.
Can't tell you how many times I saw the cover to this growing up and I FINALLY watched it. Love that for me. Lmao but this is probably the most artistic thing J. Lo will ever be involved with. Would love to hear more about how she got attached to the project and what she thinks about it
this was a semi-fave of mine but i’ve now come to realize it was just the costume design. eiko ishioka is a mastermind
Classic guilty pleasure. This kind of microwaved Thomas Harris-meets-Mudvayne thing was pretty perfect for my dumb ass upon release. The artistic theft in this is insane, with Odd Nerdrum, Damien Hirst, Matthew Barney, and Alexander McQueen being the biggest victims. Even being explained by the plot it’s so egregious. Regardless, I’m still a sucker for some of this 90s/00s mindbender detritus, anything with Eiko Ishioka, radical psychology plots, etc. Would make such a good manga.
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