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Cell 211 (Celda 211) Reviews

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July 14, 2011
Expect a Hollywood remake of the Spanish jail-riot thriller Cell 211. Three reasons: it's an international hit; it's pacy and pulsing, and it's trash.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 14, 2011
The twisty plot soon gets knotted, but in the process shows a deeply broken system born of violence and corruption.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 14, 2011
On the surface this is a relatively familiar prison thriller, yet when executed with panache of such disarming brutality and tension, it finds room to distinguish itself in an overcrowded genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 12, 2011
Monzón's Cell 211 speaks on many levels about the nature of man and his passion for life, regardless of being incarcerated, translating well in any language.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 13, 2011
Cell 211 can't claim to be as landmark a prison movie as Shawshank, A Prophet or Ernest Goes to Jail, [but] it's a fine addition to the incarcerated-canon. It's also a worthy entrant into the "Worst. Day. Ever." subgenre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 13, 2011
Any dips into melodrama are levelled out by its unpredictability, sympathies shifting multiple times in a kaleidoscope of greys that refuses to settle into blacks and whites.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 13, 2011
I don't believe that these events would happen like this in the real world, but for 113 tense, charged minutes I was wholly swept up in them.
October 20, 2010
A hard-boiled, lightning-paced look into prison culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 14, 2011
The film is shot in a documentary-style that's enhanced by using actual convicts as extras.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 15, 2011
Director Daniel Monzon's picture - very well acted by the leads - manages to combine extremely clever, unpredictable plotting with plausible but unexpected character development, elevating standard genre fare to something much more substantial.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 6, 2010
It's a great, simple premise, and I will be surprised if we don't get an American remake starring, say, Jason Statham or Christian Bale.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 12, 2011
Just be sure to up your internal disbelief setting from 'suspended' to 'nonexistent'.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 9, 2012
By the last half-hour, the story's seething skepticism towards the surveillance-state and its portrait of a naďve guard turned murderous prisoner make for a mesmerizing movie.
July 13, 2011
In a genre where the expectation of violence is so high, rare is the film that manages to shock and startle with such regularity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 28, 2011
It's a cut above the usual penal picture, intelligent with sharply drawn, memorable characters, a storyline suffused with tension and unexpected turns, and a morass of moral quandaries that could lead the most innocent into irretrievable darkness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 5, 2011
Tough as nails and cunning as a career criminal, Cell 211 is a thriller that gets both brain and nerves whirring.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 15, 2011
There's a riot going on in a Spanish maximum security prison, whose Darwinian savagery is right up there with A Prophet.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 24, 2016
... visceral and intelligent, with layers of political complexities (both national and internal) and personal complications, and a touchy buddy story at the center.
October 21, 2010
What this movie lacks in plausibility (which is almost everything), it makes up for with authentic adrenaline -- and Spanish Goya Awards (it won eight this year).
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 15, 2011
Cell 211 is a brutal piece of filmmaking ... but the shock and gore is warranted ...
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