A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Graphic, gruesome images, torture, murder, child abuse. Very scary.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Nude corpse, sexual references.
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Some strong language.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette and marijuana smoking, alcohol abuse.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the movie has many gross, upsetting, and scary moments, including child abuse, torture, murder, perversion, mutilation, a terrifying full-immersion baptism, and characters in peril. A character smokes marijuana to calm her nerves. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
I think the idea here was to cross The Silence of the Lambs with The Matrix. THE CELL's so-called plot seems to be just an excuse for lots and lots of stunning but often gruesome surreal visual effects that fall somewhere between the hyper-clarity of a nightmare and the claustrophobic grotesquery of a bad acid trip.
The movie is all sensation, no plot, no logic, no meaning, no effort to explore or illuminate. It is filled with juxtapositions that seem more meaningful than they are, creating an illusion of profundity that dissolves before your eyes.
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