Monday, July 11, 2016

Cell (2016)

Director: Tod Williams. Cast: John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Isabelle Fuhrman, Stacy Keach. 98 min. Rated R. Horror/Sci-fi.

I enjoyed Stephen King's novel (especially its opening segment), but as soon as I saw his name as screenwriter, I knew this wouldn't turn out well. And it didn't; because with all of King's genius for storytelling, he's not an expert on horror-movie psychology (the way Kubrick, Reiner or Cronenberg have shown). Samuel Jackson's character looks too calm and all-knowing, the main villain's role is degraded to zilch, and the film just should've been longer for the story to pan out. Ironically, the ending scene is ripped off of The Shining, the movie adaptation King is known to have scorned.

PS: 0% on Rottentomatoes. Nice.

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