Ryan Hewitt, played by Chris Evans who also starred in “Not
Another Teen Movie,” gets a call on his cell phone while running
some errands. On the other line is a panicked Jessica Martin,
played by Kim Basinger, who says she has just been kidnapped and is
using a smashed phone from the attic she is being held in and
Ryan’s phone is the only line with which she could connect.
Ryan is suspicious of Jessica at first, with her pleas for help,
but eventually agrees to help her and to get the police involved.
From this point forward Ryan traverses the city in an attempt to
save Jessica and her family.
The action in “Cellular” begins immediately, almost before you
can get annoyed with Ryan talking about his new cell phone. From
the time Ryan gets the phone call from Jessica, until the end of
the movie, the action keeps going. The audience even gets treated
to a deepening and unpredictable plot, a rarity in most action
Another treat in the movie is Officer Mooney, played by William
H. Macy. Mooney takes it upon himself to investigate Jessica after
Ryan brings the phone to the police station and he talks with
Macy makes wonderfully believable performances in all his
movies. This one is no exception.
Basinger and Evans play well off of each other. After
recognizing Evans, his acting makes it easy to forget his slapstick
role in “Not Another Teen Movie”.
Most of the scenes in the movie are of high speed driving or car
chases. This makes the movie fun to watch. During and in between
the chasing scenes there is enough dialogue to explain what is
happening and keep the story moving.
Judging by the previews “Cellular” looked like a bad movie, but
that was not the case. Going into the movie with low expectations,
“Cellular” is pleasantly surprising, as it was actually a good
“Cellular” is a tense movie with big name actors and an ending
that’s not expected. Despite the weird premise, “Cellular” is fun
and sure to keep your attention.
Two and one half out of four