The Cell

horror / cultfantasy / surreal

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Catherine Deane is a psychotherapist who is brought in to try to enter the mind of a serial killer. Carl Stargher allows his victims to drown for many hours and then hangs himself up by a hook pushed straight into his back...

"Music-video maestro Tarsem Singh makes a visually audacious debut with this hybrid of The Silence of the Lambs and What Dreams May Come. The sci-fi chestnut of a plot has psychotherapist Jennifer Lopez employing state-of-the-art technology to enter the subconscious of comatose serial killer Vincent D'Onofrio to help rescue his latest victim. Tarsem reinforces his credentials as a magpie stylist, employing a veritable barrage of digital trickery to conjure up the nightmarish mindscape of a psychopath. But his grasp of plotting and pacing is less assured, while the stylised sections occasionally sit uncomfortably within the generic thriller framework. That said, this remains an often dazzling showcase for his imagination." - Radio Times Review