Deliverance by Cell Phone
Starring: Kim Basinger, Chris Evans,
William H. Macy, and Richard
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 87 minutes
Distributor: New Line Cinema
Director: David R. EllisPRODUCERS: Dean
Devlin and Lauren Lloyd
Producer: Dean Devlin and Lauren
Writer: Chris MorganBASED ON THE NOVEL
Address Comments To:Mark Ordesky, President
Fine Line Features
Robert Shaye and Michael Lynne
New Line Cinema
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Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: (310) 854-5811
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GENRE: Action Thriller
As noted above, audience members looking to poke holes in the story will not enjoy themselves, but those who can put down their defenses and get caught up in the story will find genuine suspense. It’s easy to sympathize with the characters, as Jessica Martin is a resourceful and tenacious mom trying to save her family, and Ryan is the incredible samaritan who risks his life to save the Martins. Even though he doesn’t know her, Ryan goes to incredible lengths to help Jessica. Intuitively, he knows that it is his moral obligation to do anything he can.
Even though his aim is high, since the Martins are in fact victims of a cruel plot, Ryan breaks some rules. Crazy circumstances lead him to steal a car, and his reckless driving (to catch up with the kidnappers) leaves a wake of dangerous car wrecks behind him. Most of the immoral actions are clearly performed by the bad guys, however. There is nearly constant foul language in CELLULAR, as might be expected from an action thriller about hostages locked in a struggle with their kidnappers.
A better script would have heightened the thrills, because the plot holes and coincidences are sometimes distracting. Still, CELLULAR is quick and fun entertainment.
CELLULAR requires complete suspension of disbelief but is an exciting, fast-paced chase movie. Even though his aim is high, Ryan breaks a few rules. Most of the immoral actions are clearly performed by the bad guys, however. There is nearly constant foul language and light sexual innuendo, which taint the movie’s moral worldview. Audience members looking to poke holes in the story will not enjoy themselves. A better script would have heightened the thrills, because the plot holes and coincidences are sometimes distracting. Still, CELLULAR is quick and fun entertainment.