by Tony Medley
How much did I enjoys
Cellular? There are several things that make me sleepy. One is
french fries. If I have them, or any potato, Iím generally fast asleep
quickly. The second is alcohol. I have no worries about becoming an
alcoholic, because Iíd be fast asleep before I could drink enough to
qualify. And, thirdly, basically anything I eat will make me sleepy. For
these reasons, I generally do not eat before I go to a movie, preferring
to see the movie and eat afterwards.
For Cellular, however,
because my friend had to get back early, we ate first. I had french
fries, and a drink, and a hot meal. I thought I would sleep through the
movie. But I enjoyed Cellular so much, I never even felt a yawn.
Jessica Martin (Kim
Basinger) is suddenly and brutally kidnapped. Fortunately, sheís a
science teacher and sheís locked in a room with a smashed phone that
she puts together, dials a number and gets, at random, Ryan (Chris
Evans), who is in the process of being dumped by his girl friend because
heís immature, and is trying to win her back.
Ryan is initially
uninterested and skeptical about Jessicaís frantic story, but after
she convinces him he gets involved in a realistic (for Hollywood)
thriller that proceeds at a breakneck pace.
The idea for the
story came from Larry Cohen, who wrote the first script, whose
phone-based story last year, Phone Booth (2003), was one of my
most enjoyable films of the year. After Sony executive Lauren Llloyd
left Sony, she bought the rights and hired Chris Morgan to write a fresh
script, which is the one we see here.
Another plus for the
film is the Los Angeles location. The film starts on the Beach and ends
on Santa Monica pier, with visits to the mountains and downtown in
donít like to write about good thrillers because all I can do is spoil
it for viewers. Basinger and Evans do terrific jobs, as does the rest of
the cast. Basingerís performance is exceptional as she must convey
worry and fear as well as courage throughout. This is an award-deserving
performance. Evans, who was last seen in the dismal The Perfect Score
gives a performance equal to Basingerís.
September 25, 2004