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Issue: 2004

Cellular (2004) movie review

Help is on the Line


If you hang up, I'll die.

Ryan (Chris Evans) is the ultimate L.A. self-centred dude until one memorable day when Jessica (Kim Basinger) calls him from her crippled phone and tells him that she has been kidnapped and asks him to help save her family.

In a genre filled with "get the girl by violent adventuring", this film uses a life-saving adventure to help a character achieve redemption.

Cellular is the classic kidnap and rescue film. In this case the victim reaches out to a stranger to help her in a city known for surface and self-indulgence. William H. Macy plays the cop who plans to open a day-spa, Ryan encounters a lawyer who threatens a law suit over a crossed line, and unhelpful shop staff who don't listen.

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Movie poster, Cellular
If the signal dies so does she.

In a world when nobody seems to care, Jessica's life is in the hands of an unknown young man whose girl-friend has dumped him for his callous selfishness. Pacy and interesting.

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by Ali Kayn
Australian release 10 February 2005
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Title: Cellular (2004)
Written by: Larry Cohen (story) Chris Morgan (screenplay)
Directed by: David R. Ellis
Running time: 94 mins
Rating: M

The Players:

Official website: Kim Basinger, Chris Evans, Jason Statham, William H. Macy
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