The Cell

The Cell

Tarsem Singh (2000)

18 Certificate


Our Score
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.


A psychologist uses hi-tech gadgetry to enter the minds of coma patients and persuade them to wake up. The FBI approaches her to use the process on a comatose serial killer in the hope of finding out where he has imprisoned his latest captive. However, she soon finds the murderer's psyche is a twisted and disturbing place. Sci-fi thriller, starring Jennifer Lopez and Vince Vaughn.

Cast & Crew

Catherine Deane Jennifer Lopez
Agent Peter Novak Vince Vaughn
Carl Stargher Vincent D'Onofrio
Dr Miriam Kent Marianne Jean-Baptiste
Agent Gordon Ramsey Jake Weber
Henry West Dylan Baker
Dr Theodore "Teddy" Lee James Gammon
Julia Hickson Tara Subkoff
Director Tarsem Singh
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EntertainmentGuidance: Contains violence, swearing, sex scenes and nudity.Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 15 Sep 2000