Cell 211 (Celda 211) Reviews

September 23, 2020
In addition to its effectiveness as a thriller, it is also a film showing a man in the agonizing process of changing his values. And it is a critique of a cruel penal system.
August 31, 2018
It is packed with Tarantino-style violence... but the plotting is so fine and the suspense so blinding and the character strokes so masterful I was totally gripped.
August 24, 2018
Spanish prison movie Cell 211 is a winner if you're a fan of the nail-biting real-time thriller, using deception, undercover work and con artistry to deliver violence and heart-pounding scenes.
February 23, 2012
A satisfyingly intense and suitably incendiary prison drama that keeps the viewer tightly handcuffed during its first hour before falling victim to the fraud of improbability.
October 28, 2011
From Spanish director Daniel Monzon, this is a white-hot prison drama with a Byzantine plot and enough gore to make Reservoir Dogs look like a petting zoo.
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.
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.
July 15, 2011
It's a neat, topical set-up and, initially at least, Cell 211 possesses the sweaty, coiled intensity of Un Prophte. Alas, the second half is hokum. Que paso?
July 14, 2011
There is something melodramatic and soapy about Cell 211 occasionally, but it really is exciting
July 14, 2011
Monzn's film remains a bracing draft for a great thriller, not the finished article.
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.
July 14, 2011
The twisty plot soon gets knotted, but in the process shows a deeply broken system born of violence and corruption.
July 12, 2011
Just be sure to up your internal disbelief setting from 'suspended' to 'nonexistent'.
July 11, 2011
An outstanding thriller, with enough political and character strokes to lift it out of the straight genre category - but rough and tough enough to stand alongside any given Hollywood hardman buddy vehicle.
January 31, 2011
Celda 211 (Cell 211) requires you to look past a couple of contrivances in order to enjoy its main scenario: How quickly can the ruinous nature of prison life corrupt an innocent, moral man?
October 29, 2010
Nearly every minute throbs with heart-pounding suspense, from the opening scene of a prisoner slashing his wrists with a razor blade fashioned from a cigarette filter to its mournful, blood-soaked conclusion.
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).
September 30, 2010
It's the kind of gutsy, physical performance that wins Academy Awards for Daniel Day-Lewis, but Ammann is just as impressive as a man who must suddenly test his limits and values.