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Special Features Include:
-New transfer, enhanced for widescreen viewing
-Optional English and Spanish subtitles
-Making-of documentary (28 mins)
-Original theatrical trailer
Top Customer Reviews
It is Juan Oliver's first day as a prison guard at a maximum, high-security facility. While the old guards show him around and joke about the inmates, a riot breaks out in another part of the prison. A guard is knocked down as an inmate grabs his keys. More and more angry inmates spill out of their cells. Fires are set as guards in riot gear try to contain the prisoners. But when Juan is hit on the head by falling debris and loses consciousness, the guards panic! With a band of angry inmates coming right at them, they drag their new comrade in a cell, slam the door and run.
Juan awakens in a dark cell to the smell of urine and sounds of chaos. Confused, his head throbbing, face down and grit in his teeth, Juan realizes his only hope of survival--either become an inmate and live or die a prison guard on his first day at work!
Juan soon comes face to face with Malamadre, the "baddest of the bad" who has the power to get whatever he wants. Surrounded by prisoners with fists in the air, Malamadre booms out his plan for a total takeover. Hoping to win Malamadre's trust and buy himself more time, Juan ventures to point out a hole in the plan. The room falls dead silent. Juan knows the prison layout, its security devices and the politics of negotiating, but will this knowledge help him? Or, is it just a matter of time before he is found out?Read more ›
sadly it hasnt really gotten much press or attention (maybe due to the fact that it is spanish and wasnt promoted properly)
On arrival he is shown around by his new work mates, they explain the facility is falling apart and as they do so, a piece of the ceiling collapses and hits Juan on the head, rendering him unconscious. They take him into the empty, but spooky, Cell 211. This happens to coincide with the signal for the riot to begin. Juan is out cold and his new colleagues decide to make a brave but strategic withdrawal, leaving him in the cell.
This is also no ordinary wing it is the Segregation Wing as we would call it (DSS in Spain). It houses the worst prisoners including lifers and those with full blown AIDS. It is run by a rather unsavoury character called Malamadre (Luis Tozan - who is very impressive). Juan comes around and realises that he is in the middle of a riot and quickly realise that his best bet to survive the carnage is to pretend to be a new inmate.
What unfolds in less than predictable, it is taught, well acted, brutal and gripping. The plot turns and twists are informed more by lack of professionalism on the part of the authorities than on the guile of Juan - but that plays a big part too. The inmates are all believable especially the Colombians and the ETA guys who are in a separate part of the wing, but the prisoners know all about it.Read more ›
Cell 211 is fundamentally a movie about the uncertainty that, usually unnoticed, pervades modern life, the risks that are not acknowledged until circumstances and happenstance force them upon us. We are typically oblivious, not even off-handedly acknowledging the things that could go wrong. If it were otherwise, we'd go mad because there are just too many unforeseeable horrors. If you're naturally lucky or exceptionally privileged, the force-feeding of unexpected and terrible outcomes can be minimized. After all, rich people don't become prison guards and rarely go to jail. But the risks, even for them, are never completely eliminated. That's just the way the world works. That's why risk assessment has become formally institutionalized in modern organizations.
Even those who are ostentatiously cynical and who complain about the bad hand they've been dealt or the corruption and incompetence that pervade our world are vulnerable to the nastiest surprises. Cynicism is no safeguard against being taken frighteningly unaware.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am a major fan of all prison based films where there is a major upheaval and unrest. Cell 211 begins well but soon starts to look gimmicky, the end a sort of a predictable one... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Harkanwar Anand
I'm a big fan of spanish movies. I didn't hear about this film until it won the Goya for Best Film. I rented it and then bought after watching it a dozen times. Read morePublished on March 24, 2013 by lepfan
Here is a masterpiece of filmmaking and storytelling virtually unknown in the US. (It won most of the major "Goya" awards in its native Spain. Read morePublished on December 14, 2012 by wendy forward
An excellent character driven thriller. The two leads are outstanding and hotter than hot! There were a few minor points that confused (or tricked me) but overall a great film.Published on October 7, 2012 by Timothy McGivney
Not quite your usual prison movie. Both lead actors give compelling performances. Now I'm off to search for other films that feature these actors.Published on March 24, 2012 by SherylB
Here is my exchange of emails with DaaVeeDee about the blu-ray disc "Cell 211". You be the judge whether you want to purchase any product from this seller. Read morePublished on March 4, 2012 by Raymond
A new prison guard drops in for a look-see the day before he's to start work. A riot erupts. He's trapped in the cell-block with the rioting prisoners. Read morePublished on November 25, 2011 by Michael Harbour
I so looked forward to this film. It's high concept from the word go: a new prison guard named Juan, still in civvies, gets caught up in a prison riot in the wing housing the worst... Read morePublished on September 7, 2011 by Cary Watson
I highly recommend this film, however the buyer needs to be aware that it is in PAL format, and I had to spend more than the movie cost me to have it transferred into a viewable... Read morePublished on January 28, 2011 by krazycat