This film is loaded with spiritual implications. Imagine a story about someone getting a call to save people from destruction. Hmm, sounds like the story of St. Paul in the Bible, or even the story in this film!

(2004) Film Review

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CREDITS

Directed by David R. Ellis
Story by Larry Cohen
Screenplay by Chris Morgan

Cast (in credits order)
Kim Basinger .... Jessica Martin
Chris Evans .... Ryan
William H. Macy .... Mooney
Eric Christian Olsen .... Chad
Jessica Biel .... Chloe
Jason Statham .... Greer
Richard Burgi .... Craig Martin
Eddie Driscoll .... Ronnie
Eric Etebari .... Dimitri
Adam Taylor Gordon .... Ricky Martin

Produced by
Douglas Curtis .... executive producer
Dean Devlin .... producer
Tawny Ellis .... associate producer
Keith Goldberg .... executive producer
Lauren Lloyd .... producer
Caroline Rault .... associate producer
Marc Roskin .... co-producer

Original Music by John Ottman
Cinematography by Gary Capo
Film Editing by Eric A. Sears


MPAA: Rated PG-13 for violence, terror situations, language and some sexual references.
Runtime: USA:94 min

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SYNOPSIS
A random wrong number to his cell phone sends a young man into a high-stakes race against time to save a woman’s life in the action thriller Cellular. With no knowledge of Jessica Martin (Kim Basinger) other than her hushed, panicked voice on the other end of the tenuous cell phone connection, Ryan (Chris Evans) is quickly thrown into a world of deception and murder on his frantic search to find and save her. Jessica’s life is in his hands, but what is waiting for him on the other side of the line, and what will it cost him to find out? Cellular also features an impressive supporting cast that includes William H. Macy, Jason Statham and Noah Emmerich. Cellular is directed by David Ellis (Final Destination 2) and produced by Dean Devlin
Click to go to Mike's BlogReview by MIKE FURCHES

I recently went to the movies, and the feature I wanted to see was sold out so I decided to catch a movie that my future son-in-law had told me about, titled Cellular. It didn’t take long to figure out I was going to enjoy this movie. Larry Cohen, who had also written a similar movie titled Phone Booth, wrote this one as well. Cohen again brings us a white-knuckle, deep-breathing thriller that is not only filled with action, it is filled with life lessons.

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THE CALL TO SAVE ANOTHER
VISUAL REVIEW BY DAVID BRUCE

Host of HollywoodJesus.com

Click to enlargeTHE CALL
Cellular is about getting “the call” to a mission of saving a (the) human family. This story concept has powerful spiritual connections to say the least. Because we all have a call in life. A unique call that each of us needs to respond to.

Click to enlargeHUMANITY AT THE CROSSROADS
An innocent woman has been kidnapped by some very evil dudes. The life of her family is threatened if she does not co-operate!. They think she has information they need. But she doesn't -- what is she to do? Locked up by herself in an attic, she pieces together a smashed phone and makes a random call for help by clicking wires together.

Click to enlargeORDINARY GUY, EXTRODINARY CALL
The person receiving the call, a self-centered bogus guy named Ryan, is the most unlikely person for such an important and critical challenge. But, isn’t this the way of great storytelling? Ordinary unqualified people finding themselves faced with extraordinary tasks? As a matter of fact, that’s what the Bible is full of –- ordinary people getting extraordinary calls from God to do the miraculous.

Writer Larry Cohen has struck again.
He also wrote Phone Booth which has tremendous spiritual connections. These two films have the flow of a series almost.

In Phone Booth we are introduced to Stu Shepard, a fast talking hustler, who is cheating on his wife. In the midst of inner-city New York, across the street from a topless joint (symbol of the fallen world), the telephone rings. Stu answers, thinking that it is his girlfriend calling. Instead, it is his judgment call. On the other end of the line is a sniper who tells Stu his number is up, and if he values his life he had better not hang up.
Click to enlargeThe phone booth now serves as a confessional. The sniper, being perched high up in a skyscraper, is very godlike. This is a story about judgment, confession and redemption. One very interesting item is the sign in back of the telephone booth with huge words reading, "Who do you think you are?" For the remainder of the film, Stu enters a course of self-discovery. Also, note the God point of view in the above picture.
Click to enlargeAnd, as if the first sign isn't enough, there is an ad for "penance" perfume plastered on a wall to the side of the phone booth. Penance is "making payment" for past sins. The sniper wants Stu to call his wife and confess his unfaithfulness -- doing penance. Reaping and sowing.

Click to enlargeBack to Cellular:
Just as Phone Booth is about dealing with personal issues/sins, Cellular is about living a life of commitment to helping others!

Responding to the call is transforming for Ryan. He must let go of everything he had planned for himself and totally focus of the importance of others. He puts his life at risk for the sake of others. This sort of self-sacrificing behavior is the highest form of love.

Click to enlargeSUDDEN CALLS, CALL IN PROCESS
Officer Mooney is a cop who also performs incredible, selfless acts of courage to help Ryan, save Jessica, and bring the evil-doers to justice. He is an example of a call that comes slowly and in the context of process. Ryan’s sudden call is nicely contrasted with Mooney’s.

Click to enlargeTHE IMPORTANCE OF CALL
Spiritual calls work the same way. Some “divine calls” come suddenly, other calls are realized over time. How is it for you? The important thing, of course, is to respond. To not respond is a fate that affects not only one's own self but others as well.

How is God speaking to your heart? What is your call, or purpose, in life? Whatever it is, answer that call -- because it is extremely important!

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