Here's a film that has "style" written all over it,
which is great, but what's underneath the graffiti? Is there
anything we should know about?
Yeah, not really. In "The Cell", a process has been
devised for one person to enter the world inside another person's
head. Everything in the movie is designed to get us to that point
where we go inside because that's where some of the most
creative, baroque, and just plain fabulous filmmaking hides out.
Nothing else matters. There's some contrived story about a serial
killer who falls into a coma before the feds can find out where
he has kidnapped a young woman, but pay it no mind. Wait for the
surreal bits where Jennifer Lopez' character visits the killer's
head. Those parts are outstanding.
I think I would have been quite satisfied if all the filler
with Vince Vaughn as the investigating FBI agent had been axed
and all the good bits had been presented simply as a demo reel.
First time director Tarsem Singh has such a strong visual sense
that I'm already looking forward to his next project. I can only
hope he is given the freedom to pursue his vision and not be
hampered by the usual Hollywood studio nonsense.
The Cell (IMDB)