July 9th, 2016



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Release Year: 2016

Rating: 4.4/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Tod Williams

Stars: John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Isabelle Fuhrman

When a strange signal pulsates through all cell phone networks worldwide, it starts a murderous epidemic of epic proportions when users become bloodthirsty creatures, and a group of people in New England are among the survivors to deal with the ensuing chaos after.

Writers: Adam Alleca, Stephen King, John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Isabelle Fuhrman, John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Isabelle Fuhrman, Clark Sarullo, Ethan Andrew Casto, Owen Teague, Stacy Keach, Joshua Mikel, Anthony Reynolds, Erin Elizabeth Burns, Jeff Hallman, Mark Ashworth, Wilbur Fitzgerald, Catherine Dyer, E. Roger Mitchell, , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

John Cusack - Clay Riddell
Samuel L. Jackson - Tom McCourt
Isabelle Fuhrman - Alice Maxwell
Clark Sarullo - Sharon Riddell
Ethan Andrew Casto - Johnny Riddell
Owen Teague - Jordan
Stacy Keach - Charles Ardai
Joshua Mikel - Raggedy
Anthony Reynolds - Ray
Erin Elizabeth Burns - Denise
Jeff Hallman - Hog-Tied Man (as Jeffrey Hallman)
Mark Ashworth - Bartender
Wilbur Fitzgerald - Geoff
Catherine Dyer - Sally
E. Roger Mitchell - Roscoe

Taglines: When everyone is connected no one is safe


Official Website: Official Facebook

Country: USA

Language: English

Release Date: 3 Jan 2016

Filming Locations: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Did You Know?

Distribution for the film was doomed from the start. Back in 2013, Benaroya Pictures and Miscellaneous Entertainment formed an international sales company, International Film Trust and took the as of yet filmed Cell (2016) to Cannes to sell off distribution rights. No US distributor signed onto the project. In February 2015, new startup distributor Clarius Entertainment picked up US distribution rights for Cell and planned on an late 2015 wide release and the extent of their marketing efforts was uploading a still image with their acquisition press release - no trailers were cut. Clarius released their first three pictures in 2014 and all three were box office flops - Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2013), And So It Goes (2014) and Before I Go to Sleep (2014). Their other films weren't better off: She's Funny That Way (2014) went through a bidding war where Clarius won, however If any of the several studios that were bidding on the film took the rights, the film would have saw its theatrical rollout, but after Clarius left the film in limbo, the producers were only able to sell the pic to Lionsgate for a VOD release and small token theatrical release; My All-American (2015), now as Aviron Pictures, flopped hard, grossing a mere $2 million in theaters; and The Outskirts (2016) saw itself in a similar bind as Cell. Unable to provide payment for She's Funny That Way and its pending litigation, it is more than likely Cell and The Outskirts would go down a similar path. Enter Saban Films, the same company who swooped in to save Rob Zombie's 31 (2016), did the same for Cell on March 31st. Saban's marketing campaign revved up in April 2016, revealing the first official poster and trailer on April 26th as well as US theatrical release date: July 8th, 2016. See more »

Ardai was impaled by the truck's shaft. However, the chassis was not destroyed in explosion as can be seen in the background. See more »

User Review


Rating: 1/10

I remember reading this book and thinking what an amazing Movie it would make. With the right cast and script I knew this could be a winner. I waited for someone to make it and finally they did.

We were getting John Cusack and Samuel L Jackson. How could they not make an amazing movie.

I waited eagerly to view this long anticipated adventure and thought the day would never arrive when I could get the chance to see it.

Then I did.

Firstly it has very little in common with the book I read. the book is very clever and draws you into the story. The movie is not clever and the story is thrown at us.

In The book we care about all the characters. In the movie we don't.

I have to admit I walked out before the end. I just couldn't take anymore.

Why oh why did they not just stick to the books narrative.

I know you have to cut corners but they didn't cut corners, they invented new corners that had nothing to do with the story.

I love Stephen King and have read all of his books but I'm tired of seeing them butchered by Movie makers who just don't understand the story.

Save your money. Don't even bother renting this movie.

Watch TV instead.


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