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'Cell': EW review

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Cell

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
98 minutes
Wide Release Date:
07/10/16
performer:
John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson
director:
Tod Williams
genre:
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

We gave it a C+

Based on Stephen King’s 2006 best-seller about a virus that turns people into zombies via their cell phones, Tod Williams’ modest, middling chiller takes an intriguing satirical premise and dilutes whatever potency it had on the page. The opening 10 minutes, when John Cusack’s graphic-novel-writing hero watches in horror as the plague first breaks out at a Boston airport, are promising in a chaotically gonzo way. And the final 10 minutes, when Cell flirts with a grim denouement reminiscent of King’s The Mist, are chilling. Unfortunately, everything sandwiched in between is pretty standard on-the-run-from-the-walking-dead stuff. While it’s nice to see Cusack and costar Samuel L. Jackson downplay rather than go big, Cell has a been-there-done-that quality that winds up feeling a bit disappointing. C+

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