What if you could engineer a situation where you take a ‘regular Joe/Jane’ or someone slightly ‘different’ and even better ‘alienated’ and turn them into whatever you wanted?
I watched this film when it came out with a friend of mine, it was the last movie we went to see before going our separate ways and I think it was me who chose to watch this one because it had the longest running time but by the end of it we realized we should have chosen a comedy.
Anyway I’m not going to review it but here’s some info from Wiki:
The Cell is a 2000 American science fiction psychological thriller film and the directorial debut of Tarsem Singh, starring Jennifer Lopez, Vince Vaughn and Vincent D’Onofrio. It received mixed reviews upon its release, with critics praising the visuals, direction, make-up, costumes and D’Onofrio’s performance, but commenting on the Silence of the Lambs-inspired plot, the emphasis on style rather than substance and the somewhat masochistic images.
Child psychologist Catherine Deane (Jennifer Lopez) is an expert in an experimental treatment for coma patients: a virtual reality device that allows her to enter into the minds of her patients and attempt to coax them into consciousness. When serial killer Carl Rudolph Stargher (Vincent D’Onofrio) falls into a coma before the FBI can locate his final victim, Agent Peter Novak (Vince Vaughn) persuades Deane to enter Stargher’s mind and discover the victim’s location. Stargher’s victim is imprisoned in a cell in the form of a glass enclosure that is slowly filling with water by means of an automatic timer.
Deane enters Stargher’s twisted mind, where she is confronted by both the violent and the innocent parts of the killer’s psyche. The innocent half shows her the abuse he suffered at his father’s hands and the birth of his pathology when he drowned an injured bird as a mercy killing. Deane attempts to nurture the innocent side of Stargher’s mind, but his murderous half thwarts her at every turn.
Despite Deane’s best efforts, she becomes trapped in Stargher’s dark dreamscape. Novak volunteers to enter Stargher’s mind and attempts to rescue Deane. He frees her from Stargher’s hold and discovers clues to the whereabouts of his victim. Novak relates his revelations to his team and they are able to track down the location of Stargher’s victim (Stargher had been entrusted by a company to take care of an advanced water pump, which he used to fill the cell with water). Novak discovers Stargher’s secret underground room and saves Stargher’s victim just in time. Meanwhile, Deane decides to reverse the process and pull Stargher’s mind into her own. She presents Stargher’s innocent side with a paradise, but his murderous side is always present and manifests as a serpent. This time, however, Deane has all the power; she attacks the serpent/Stargher only to discover that she cannot destroy one half without killing the other. Stargher’s innocent side reminds her of the bird he drowned, and she kills him to put him out of his misery. She adopts Stargher’s dog and successfully uses her new technique on her other coma patient (Colton James).
Some of the scenes in The Cell are inspired by works of art. A scene in which a horse is split into sections by falling glass panels was inspired by the works of British artist Damien Hirst. The film also includes scenes based on the work of other late 20th century artists, including Odd Nerdrum, H. R. Giger and the Brothers Quay. Tarsem—who began his career directing music videos such as En Vogue’s “Hold On” and R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion”—drew upon such imagery for Stargher’s dream sequences. In particular, he was influenced by videos directed by Mark Romanek, such as “Closer” and “The Perfect Drug” by Nine Inch Nails, “Bedtime Story” by Madonna, and the many videos that Floria Sigismondi directed for Marilyn Manson. During a scene, Jennifer Lopez falls asleep watching a film; the film is Fantastic Planet.
This is not to justify anybody with such behaviours on either side i.e. the mind control/mind raping/soul destroying side of the ‘security surveillance’ nor the violent, inhumane psychopath they just happen to be following in the film – but just how far would ‘people’ would go to make someone into one ‘side’ or the other, why and how they’d get away with it. A bit like the film ‘Inception’ (2010).
Oh and btw looking up ‘cybernetic’, ‘psychotronic whore’, ‘mollusc’, ‘hybrid’, ‘drone’ and a whole load of other crap doesn’t apply to me, especially the ‘Myra Hindley’.
Note – I mentioned Fantastic Planet HERE titled ‘Who/What are the Blue Beings, why are we inspired by them? Although being a US film it could also conveniently be a dig at the former USSR, like the English and the French the ‘feud’ never ends.)
There is a heck of a lot of symbolism (including religious) in this film which you can see from the pictures and it makes for a very gruesome metaphor, the film is practically a vehicle and anybody wanting to explain or interpret it could have a field day. Again I’m not going to bother right now (maybe later) but basically it shows in a subtle yet obvious way (subtle i.e. artistically and easy to dismiss for those not really looking and hidden in plain sight for those who ‘know’ or think they/we do) both ‘sides’ are one and the same ultimately (so you have to be careful if you’re in the middle and not affiliated lol). Just to point out the use of the serpent and the mercy killing of the bird were streamlined, initially in the film they seemed like ‘good’ and ‘bad’ but ultimately they can and were used together as one thing such as winged serpent beings or Caduceus, or in this case for transformation. An innocent is turned into a villain and taken out by super villains acting as good folk. It’s ironic, Mum and I once shared the same dream on the same night and we both had the same reaction, both involved the killing of an innocent bird and right afterwards three ‘interesting’ networks came along. It’d be more interesting however to look into the ‘history’ of the symbolic so-called cat people [or at least group of] being conquered by a group of serpentine people, I hesitate to call them reptile/reptilian since it’s getting more complicated nowadays with the ‘groupings’.