Cell 2, The (DVD)
In the thrilling sequel to the 2000 film, The Cell 2 enters the world of Cusp, a demented killer who resurrects his victims in order to torture them again and again. The only hope to stop him lies with Maya, a physic investigator who recently awoke from a one-year coma. The trouble is: Maya was Cusp's first victim, who must now she must go deep inside his disturbed mind. And if she dies inside the killer's brain, she dies in real life!
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
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