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The Cell 2 (2009)

Tessie Santiago , Chris Bruno , Tim Lacofano  |  R |  DVD
1.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tessie Santiago, Chris Bruno, Frank Whaley, Bart Johnson
  • Directors: Tim Lacofano
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 16, 2009
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0026LYLTM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,617 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Cell 2" on IMDb

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This straight-to-DVD sequel to the 2000 Jennifer Lopez picture must play its mind games without Lopez herself. But the idea's still intact: another telepathic mind-melder (played by Tessie Santiago) is employed by the police to get into the brain of a serial killer. She's been clinically dead six times or something, and can "see" in a way others cannot. She was herself once held by the madman, who has figured out a way to wipe his face out of her visions of his dark, torture-filled world. Where the original film directed by Tarsem (the music-video veteran and maker of The Fall) at least provided some gaudy visuals for the already-tired premise, The Cell 2 has 24 producer-director Tim Iacofano at the helm. The sense of overheated episodic television prevails, although the acting can charitably be described as beneath the level of an average TV show. (The exception is the villain, after he's unmasked, but those kinds of roles reliably provide opportunities for mustache-twirling shenanigans.) One begins to miss the old-fashioned simplicity of a normal mad-killer movie; now you've got to keep straight how each scene alters the memories, or unconscious minds, or the ability to foretell things, or... see, already we've lost track. --Robert Horton

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Imagine a serial killer who flatlines his victims and then brings them back to life over and over again, until they beg to die. Beautiful psychic investigator Maya Casteneda was his last victim and swore vengeance on her tormentor before she escaped. Now The Cusp is back, and the FBI taps Maya to help capture the elusive monster. Maya soon discovers the only way she can locate The Cusp is to enter his head. The danger: if Maya dies in the killers brain, she dies in real life! Like The Cell before it, The Cell 2 is a mind-blowing mix of fantasy and reality, science-fiction and thriller that enters a place of fear and power like no other: the thoughts of a psychopath. Chris Bruno (The Dead Zone), Frank Whaley (World Trade Center) and Bart Johnson (High School Musical) co-star.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars "Sequel" That We Really Don't Need July 3, 2009
Format:DVD
Of all the films released in the last decade, "The Cell" would be one of the least likely candidates for a sequel. Well, they decided to make "The Cell 2" anyway, without Jennifer Lopez and Vincent D'Onofrio. In fact, "The Cell 2" could be called in any way you want, like "Kiss the Girls 3" or "Saw 9." Whatever it is, the film is a lifeless rehash of serial killer stories you ever heard, told in the most thrill-less fashion you can imagine.

Tessie Santiago is Maya, an agent who has special powers. Just by touching an object that belonged to someone, she can see things about that person. When an elusive serial killer named "The Cusp" is back, (and this killer, who abducts and tortures victims before killing, is actually responsible for her supernatural powers), she decides to use her unwanted ability again.

The story of "The Cell" (2000) was shallow at best, it is certain, but the original has the impressive visuals thanks to director Tarsem Singh, costume designers Eiko Ishioka and April Napier, and special make-ups by Michèle Burke and Edouard F. Henriques (the last category nominated for Oscar). In the sequel, however, you have none of these nice visuals and designs (except the beautiful filming location of Utah) while the story gets only shallower, with the insipid storytelling, 30 minutes' worth of story dragged out to 90 minutes. Everything is repetitious and obvious in this painfully tiresome film.

I watched this in-name-only sequel partly because it has Frank Whaley. He is not bad, actually he is very good. He deserves a much better script than this one, though.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Where is the cell? December 17, 2013
Format:DVD
"The Cell 2" is missing two important things:
1. Tarsem Singh's breathtaking visuals.
2. Anything related to the original "Cell" movie.

And therein lies the central problem of "The Cell 2" -- it's not so much a sequel as it is a generic serial-killer movie with the slight conceit of a person entering another person's mind. It's a dreary, bleak little story that relies on vague psychic superpowers and the world's least competent FBI investigation to keep things moving... and yet I never managed to care.

A serial-killer known as the Cusp kidnaps young women, tortures them, kills them and then revives them. Maya (Tessie Santiago) was the only victim that escaped, but it gave her psychic powers to enter another person's mind if she handles something they touched. After many failures, she quits the FBI... only for them to come seeking her when another girl is kidnapped.

But because of obviously-planted evidence, they conclude that the local sheriff Harris (Chris Bruno) must be the Cusp. Maya, deeply attached to the man she met twenty minutes ago, knows that he isn't, so she helps him escape so they can find the Cusp. The Cusp has slightly more brains than your average shellfish, so they are able to find his lair in no time -- only to find that he is waiting for Maya.

Any pretense of sci-fi tech or psychological complexity is pretty much thrown out early in "The Cell 2." Now it's all about magical psychic powers and the power of will -- culminating in a truly absurd scene where the Cusp reveals that he studied parapsychology, which somehow taught him how to psychically entrap psychic people in his brain. Yes, it's that stupid.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Writer never watched The Cell August 28, 2010
Format:DVD
If The Cell was directed in the 80s, had the next-best-thing to Jennifer Lopez, and was nothing like The Cell at all, it would be The Cell 2.

Some films are a natural progression from the original, others are The Cell 2. Follow a carnival gypsy as she reads fortunes and looks into the present to unravel a serial killer's secret.

Wasn't the original "The Cell" some nonsense about using technology to enter a killer's mind and being in some whacky killer's mind world? This is some different nonsense about a magical witch using voodoo and items of the victims to see what they see. They're not remotely the same line of movies, might as well call Jurassic Park "Little Women 2". Nudity less than 10 minutes into the film, so there's no need to watch more than 10 minutes of this.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A watchable thriller March 1, 2010
Format:DVD
Some of these reviews seem a bit harsh. This is a direct to DVD film, it does not have the budget of a major motion picture. We need to judge the film against its peers. While the special effects are not award winning, I thought they were acceptable. The crew did well with a limited budget and schedule. The science is indeed goofy, but if we reject horror films with goofy science there won't be much left to watch. I don't want to spoil the film, so I will only say that I liked Frank Whaley's performance and no one seemed to be sleep walking though the film. All in all it is a nice watchable film and I will probably watch it again some time. I give it 3 stars and for the record, I would give the original "The Cell" 4 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Different from the original July 21, 2012
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The Cell 2 is different from the Original, which is not all bad. It has an interesting villain, who keeps "killing" his victims and then bringing them back from the brink of death. While it does not have the name stars that were in the original, the actors do a competent job. Unfortunately, the movie lacks any suspense, and in the end, is a disappointment. Watch the original for great acting and an interesting premise.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time
Nothing compared to the first movie! Don't waste your time!!!!
Published 1 month ago by Cseanr
1.0 out of 5 stars JUNK!!
Bad acting, wish I could get my money back. Cheaply made squeal and the plot is even worse. DON"T WASTE YOUR MONEY!! Wish I had thought to read the reviews before renting.
Published 2 months ago by Wlkrwoman
3.0 out of 5 stars Used
I didn't want to spend to much on this movie because I shouldn't have had to replace it in the first place from someone who had stole it from me but anyway, I hate stickers being... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Nicole
1.0 out of 5 stars not good
the first "the cell" with Jennifer Lopez had a storyline, great set decoration, wardrobe etc. Read more
Published 6 months ago by ken
1.0 out of 5 stars The Cell 2
Simple..... Really nothjing to do with Cell noriginal which I thought was great,,,,

This is just awful..... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Sefachuli
3.0 out of 5 stars the cell 2
Being killed and brought back to life many times has to suck. That's what the victems in this film have to face before being killed for real. Read more
Published on August 20, 2010 by A. Szarka
1.0 out of 5 stars This is a must NOT see!
This makes my top five horrible movies of all times list! Just dreadful. I loved "The Cell" with Lopez and was looking forward to part 2. Read more
Published on January 21, 2010 by Toni R
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worthy of the sequel title
Very bad. I should have trusted my first instinct and not jumped to get this one. Just because a sequel has the same title as the original (The Cell - which was great! Read more
Published on December 2, 2009 by Malcolm C. Browne
1.0 out of 5 stars In Name Only
I rented this movie because of the name. I figure it would have some nice special effects like the original. I knew that it was a direct to DVD sequel. Read more
Published on July 6, 2009 by Amazon Customer
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