Sunday, August 6, 2017

Movie review: The Cell 2

 After being tortured by the vicious serial killer Cusp and being in a coma for a year, Maya has developed psychic abilities enabling her to link with other people. Now the Cusp is back and Maya must enter his mind to try and save his next victim before she is killed.

Tessie Santiago (Maya), Chris Bruno (Harris), Frank Whaley (Duncan), Bart Johnson (Skylar), Michael Flynn (Kassel), Amee Walden (Penelope).

This one kicks off with some pretty good background, character development, and plot setup. You really don’t need to have seen the first film at all, this one stands by itself. That said, if you are expecting a sequel, this isn’t it. This film has very little to do with the first film at all and though I hate comparing films to one another, The Cell 2 is nothing more than a simple crime thriller with none of the impact of the first film. Where the first had awesome costuming and effects, this film felt cheap and low budget with bad CGI used through most of the film until the end.

Acting was disappointing to say the least. Santiago was horrible and was apparently picked for her latino background and nice body. Bruno was a little better but not much, and Johnson was ridiculous. Whaley put on a decent performance but even he couldn’t save the acting in this one.

Camera work, sets, background, and effects were also disappointing with a couple of goofs and several inconsistencies. Dialogue wasn’t bad but could have been better. Overuse of cheap CGI was annoying until the end when some good fantasy sequences were used.

Overall, this is a mediocre crime thriller that most people will figure out in the first 30 minutes if they are still paying attention to the film. As a sequel to The Cell, this is a total failure. As a stand-alone film, typical serial killer fodder with little imagination.

Violence, blood, gore, foul language, mild nudity and the possibility of causing a brain aneurysm so save this one for older teens and above.

Released: 2009
Reviewed: 7.18.17
Star rating: 2 out of 5
Genre: Crime Thriller, Thriller, Psychological Thriller, Horror, Sci-Fi

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