Cell

2016  R   1:37    stars Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusak

Adapted from the 2006 Stephen King  novel of the same name, The city of Boston descends into mayhem when a signal turns thousands or millions of cell phone users into crazed zombie killers.

Clay Riddell, played by Cusak is a man who is fighting against a mysterious mobile phone broadcast that transforms cell users into zombie killers. Working with Tom McCourt (Samuel L. Jackson) and Alice Maxwell (Isabelle Fuhrman), Riddell struggles to try and stop whoever is behind the attack, and reunite with his son.

This will be the third time that Jackson and Cusack have worked together, having partnered on another King adaption, the 2007 horror film 1408 as well as 2015’s Chi-Raq. This will mark Cusack’s third King adaption in total, as he also appeared in Stand By Me.

Though it explores the zombie trope which has been somewhat overdone of late but,  zombie by definition is someone dead (sometimes brought back by a voodoo spell).  This starts as anyone speaking on the phone at the time of the pulse are all turned, so here the term is more of a metaphor.

When I read the story and added cell + zombies  I absolutely LOVE  the metaphor!  If you are like those of us who do not always have our eyes or ears glued to our phones, you may see what I see… those of you that do (especially those of you that can’t look away for a second when crossing the road… ) ZOMBIE is the Perfect word for you all.

Before you open your mouth in a defensive argument (which proves it a perfect term) You’ve got your arms out in front of you (though slightly bent to have the phone or a tablet in reading distance) you look like the old zombie stereotype with their arms out walking slowly (sadly couldn’t find the image I wanted) while groaning (oh wait that’s my groaning at hearing your conversation…from down the street!)

What the Fu…..(oops sorry almost flubbed there) Why do they have this in an airport? I don’t remember that, and sadly I no longer have my copy as I gave it to someone to read.

Unlike the book (or so I remember) this starts in an airport when the signal comes through, turning all with phone (or earbud) to ear into raging serial killers some even foam at the mouth. In the book it happened in a square or park type area near an innocent enough ice-cream truck.

Clay fights to survive and find his son while battling the the evolving horde of ‘phoners’

I think what I loved most about the book was the metaphor. While the story is good and different from most, to me the metaphor was so much better in an ironic funny (yet uncomfortably…awkward) sort of way.

The zombies are of a hive mind, thanks to the pulse while they were on their phones. I did see a scene from the book in the trailer.  Of course the movie shows some of the more memorable moments from the book like the horde sleeping in the football field and a few other touches.

If you have not seen it yet and have read the book… Skip it. if you haven’t read it then it’s a toss up, though I have read the book twice (and sadly gave it to someone 2 summers ago and now we broke up never got it back)

You can read my review of the book here (it was written only after my first reading)  and watch on AMazon but best wait til cable

 

 

 

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