Not one to watch for Jason Statham fans as this was far from his best role to date, he wasn't the main star and his accent yet again was terrible.
Easy watching but slightly laughable.
A young man receives an emergency phone call on his cell phone from an older woman. The catch? The woman claims to have been kidnapped; and the kidnappers have targeted her husband and child next.
Highly unbelievable, yet immensely efficient and entertaining, "Cellular" is a clever thrill ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat for a majority of the 95-minute running time. The cast is great, especially Chris Evans as the everyman who receives a random call on his cell phone by a kidnapped woman (Kim Basinger). Throw in the esteemed William H. Macy as a retiring cop and the teutonic Jason Statham as a menacing baddie and you've got a great cast to help overcome some of the standard suspense flick clichés. If you're one of those people who nitpicks at every last plot detail in movies, complaining about how unbelievable they are, then by all means, skip this one. However, if you can swallow the far-fetched premise and suspend your disbelief for about an hour and a half, then this is the flick for you.
Starring: Kim Basinger, Chris Evans, Jason Statham, William H. Macy
I just couldn't believe this film, I had half expected a second-rate entertaining B-movie which critics did seem to say it is....but how is that possible from what I just watched?
The story follows a mother who gets kidnapped suddenly by a group of men and is locked up in an attic, but of course not before smashing the random phone....in a run down attic and of course, leaving the pieces. She manages to piece the phone together to get a tone and the call gets connected to a young guy who does what he can to save her before the kidnappers get to her husband, who has a connection with them. Chris Morgan should have been booted out before this was even made, he is obviously now going on to write more films, but this is the worst. The premise is simple with potential to be an average thriller but so much stupidity, it bogs the film down. We are introduced to no character within the first 5 minutes and then we are meant to believe this........women can piece a phone together smashed by a sledgehammer, from there you have the self-centered guy who suddenly believes this women and goes mysteriously beyond call of duty, stealing cars and shooting guns and then in comes the cop who has had enough of his career, but not before he gets connected to all this, and you guessed it....he saves the day and changes his mind....and the stupid narrow minded kidnappers mix in to all this as well. Every plot point and character is terribly illogical, that you would hope for a redeeming point. David R. Ellis is usually not a bad B movie director, he has directed above-average films such as Final Destination 2 and Snakes on a Plane and I half expected him to carry this film....he doesn't. From the random car chase sequences to the crashes (we get it, you are good at it), he adds a layer of cheese (William H. Macy's character somehow slides perfectly along the floor from behind a low couch to shoot someone with no way to propel him), but the problem is that with the lack of excitement thanks to stupidity and the surprising lack of tension (and the terrible score), everything just ends up being laughable instead of suspenseful. The acting just gets worse, Kim Basinger hasn't done a solid film in years and it shows, her performance consists of a lot of screaming and tears with no depth for us to care, Jason Statham is at his most wooden, with a character that has no menace or intensity, he plays along with nothing, Chris Evans is about the same in every film, being an irritating pretty boy and he delivers his lines with the same expressions and tones and William H. Macy....well I give him credit for only being half bad, he understands the film trying to be a B movie and he adds an interesting and hilarious performance, but mostly in a bad way.
Within the first 10 minutes of the film, I expected the stupidity and the lack of logic and character to stay for the remainder 80 minutes and I had hoped to at least be entertained along the way. With a lack of suspense and excitement under a layer of cheese, the film just ends up being dull and laughable and not even smart or sharp enough to work as a comedy or spoof, which it came across as.
From the director of Snakes on a Plane comes: Hostage on a Phone.
A fast-paced thriller, that has a lot of unintentionally funny moments, but is still a lot of fun just to watch, without picking it apart too much. And it has Bill Macy as the hero cop.
The story revolves around Kim Basinger being taken hostage by a mean looking Jason Statham , locked in an attic, with a shattered phone. Fortunate for her, she is a high school science teacher, and knows how to connect circuits well enough to make a random phone call for help.
Enter the human torch, Chris Evans, as an average young man minding his own business, until he receives a call that will occupy his day.
Its a high concept film, that takes its idea and does everything it can with it.
Did I mention that Bill Macy is the hero cop?
Jack Tanner: I think all the chemicals from that beauty salon have gotten to your head.
Sgt. Bob Mooney: It's a day spa, you fuck.
This is a chase movie with the obvious differences. It was kinda lacking, but some of the jokes were okay, but everything else needed improvement in truck loads.
The good bit is the end - Chris Evans finally becomes a man and beats the crap outta a crooked cop with the tried and tested, but always true head bashing with a car door.