THE CELL 2 [BLU-RAY] (2009)


The Cell 2 [Blu-ray] (2009)

Actors: Frank Whaley, Tessie Santiago, Chris Bruno
Directors: Tim Iacofano
Format: Color, Dolby, Widescreen
Language: English
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Number of discs: 2
Studio: New Line Home Video
DVD Release Date: June 16, 2009
Run Time: 94 minutes



In the 2000 flick The Cell Jennifer Lopez (just what did happen to her career?) was a psychic FBI agent who could literally "enter" the mind of other people.

The plot itself was a derivative psycho killer affair that merely served as a clothesline for visionary director Tarsem Singh onto which to hang some really disturbing surrealist imagery inspired by the likes of Jan Svankmajer, Hieronymus Bosch and Salvador Dali. In fact, without its flimsy Silence of the Lambs wannabe plotline The Cell would have been the first genuine surrealist flick since Luis Bu?el?s 1929 Un Chien Andalou!

This belated straight-to-DVD sequel however doesn't have the budget for J. Lo or any expensive eye candy so all we are left with now is the idiotic Silence of the Lambs plot about an FBI agent who helps to track down an elusive serial killer by, yes, "entering" his mind. (What she finds there is an old Windows 3.1 screensaver . . . no, really. The budget must have been really really small!)

The only problem is that now the story is so moronic and filled with the sort of frustrating idiocies that wants to make you either tear out your hair or roll your eyes and groan aloud that Stupidity of the Lambs would have been a better title for the movie!

THE DISC: A digital copy of the movie can be found on a separate disc and the sad truth is that The Cell 2 is probably the sort of movie that will actually be improved by watching it on a puny iPod Nano screen!

Image is fantastic as you'd expect from BLU-RAY, but nothing can distract from the stupid screenplay. Not the gratuitous female topless nudity eight minutes into the movie, the pointless car chase twenty minutes later or the hero dangling from a helicopter by the movie's end.

Nope, things simply aren't helped by the fact that The Cell 2 boasts the sort of production values and acting you'd find on some late night TV show you'd rather not watch. (Also watch out for some gratuitous aerial footage over the end titles - what is it with that?)

There is a Making Of feature included but the chances are that you wouldn't want to check it out.


RECOMMENDATION: Start a letter writing campaign that New Line release the original The Cell on BLU-RAY instead. (At the time of writing it is only available on DVD.)



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