Movie #53 Cellular
(2004, US, d. David R. Ellis)
Cellular‘s greatest strength is the pacing of the film. It’s fast and moves from one place to another in a second without feeling overwhelming. I remember seeing it in theaters in 2004 and being swept off my feet. Watching it now, however, it’s merely pretty good. Obviously outdated, the film is about a regular Joe (played by Chris Evans) who receives a call from a kidnapped woman who doesn’t know where she is. He must stay on the phone with her (since the phone she’s using is broken and it randomly connected her to him when she clicked a couple wires together) while he runs around and tries to save her. It’s still extremely fun to watch and it’s nice to see a popcorn flick with a solid idea behind it. I think where the movie falls apart though is in the editing and some of dialogue. The editing kind of threw off the mood of the film and the dialogue was so…”teen”y. I guess, then, that the first mistake was to have Evans’ character be some guy who’s trying to get back his ex.