The Cell (35mm)
Jennifer Lopez stars as a social worker who’s involved in a project to share the thoughts of a little boy locked in a coma when the FBI enlists her in an urgent attempt to enter the mind of a serial killer and discover the location of his latest victim before a fatal deadline.
Before going all in on his magnum opus – THE FALL, Tarsem Singh was handed a Hollywood-sized budget, cast and plot on which to splash the surrealistic excess we’ve grown to love, while brashly & playfully referencing artistic influences throughout the feature-length canvas. Hello Dali! With visually luxuriant, disturbing, over-the-top set designs and unsettlingly elaborate costuming that transformed Lopez into a “cyberpunk sphinx” compliments of his go-to, Oscar-winning collaborator Eiko Ishioka, THE CELL divided the world into that of Tarsem devotés verses those determined to tar his entire oeuvre as “style over substance”. Into which camp will you fall?
Directed by Tarsem Singh. Written by Mark Protosevich. Starring Jennifer Lopez, Vince Vaughn, Vincent D’Onofrio, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Dean Norris & Dylan Baker. 35mm.