History Film / TheCell

25th Oct '16 4:20:16 PM Circeus
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** Carl's mother doppelgangers are a reference to a painting Music/DavidBowie has in his house.



** The scene of the three identical women frozen in what looks like a scream is a shout out to the painting [[http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b334/susancloud/dawn.jpg?t=1244085062 Dawn]] by Odd Nerdrum.

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** The scene of the three identical women frozen in what looks like a scream is a shout out to the painting [[http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b334/susancloud/dawn.jpg?t=1244085062 [[http://fineartamerica.com/featured/dawn-odd-nerdrum.html Dawn]] by Odd Nerdrum.
24th Oct '16 8:33:23 PM NOYB
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* A room resembling a Roman temple with an albino peacock, where Catherine appears dressed as the Virgin Mary and offers consul to the little boy Carl, and then the room turning dark and worms and a tarantula appearing on young Carl as the evil Carl emerges from a pool of water, and Catherine turning into a warrior princess to battle him, and then back into the Madonna and using a baptism pool to MercyKill the young Carl.

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* A room resembling a Roman temple with an albino peacock, where Catherine appears dressed as the Virgin Mary and offers consul counsel to the little boy Carl, and then the room turning dark and worms and a tarantula appearing on young Carl as the evil Carl emerges from a pool of water, and Catherine turning into a warrior princess to battle him, and then back into the Madonna and using a baptism pool to MercyKill the young Carl.
24th Oct '16 8:31:38 PM NOYB
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J-Lo plays a child psychiatrist named Catherine Deane who is pioneering a revolutionary technology that allows her to [[MentalWorld enter people's minds by rendering them as virtual environments]] so she can converse with their inner-selves (this procedure consists, in case you were wondering, of donning a red rubber suit that looks as though it's made of strawberry twizzlers, having a cloth made of computer circuitry draped over one's face and being suspended from the ceiling by wires). She is currently using this technology to try and coax a boy with a unique form of schizophrenia out of a coma.

Meanwhile, there is a SerialKiller named Carl Stargher (D'Onofrio) on the loose. In order to get his rocks off, Carl abducts young, blonde women and takes them to an abandoned farm (the whereabouts of which is unknown to the other characters). There, he places them in a glass tank wherein over the course of a few hours a shower periodically sprays water on them briefly but then stops, but eventually starts and doesn't stop until the tank is filled and they drown. Carl comes back, takes the bodies out, and then bleaches them so they resemble dolls and puts collars around their necks. He then suspends himself above them via chains attached to piercings in his back and masturbates. Geez... talk about RuleThirtyFour. Carl has just abducted his seventh victim, Julia, and this procedure has begun again. Vaughn plays detective Peter Novak who has been tracking Carl for some time, but just as they finally apprehend him at his house, Carl falls into an irreversible coma on account of his form of schizophrenia... before he could be questioned regarding the whereabouts of the farm where Julia is soon to be drowned.

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J-Lo plays a child psychiatrist named Catherine Deane who is pioneering a revolutionary technology that allows her to [[MentalWorld enter people's minds by rendering them as virtual environments]] so she can converse with their inner-selves inner selves (this procedure consists, in case you were wondering, of donning a red rubber suit that looks as though it's made of strawberry twizzlers, having a cloth made of computer circuitry draped over one's face and being suspended from the ceiling by wires). She is currently using this technology to try and coax a boy with a unique form of schizophrenia out of a coma.

Meanwhile, there is a SerialKiller named Carl Stargher (D'Onofrio) on the loose. In order to get his rocks off, Carl abducts young, blonde blond women and takes them to an abandoned farm (the whereabouts of which is unknown to the other characters). There, he places them in a glass tank wherein over the course of a few hours a shower periodically sprays water on them briefly but then stops, but eventually starts and doesn't stop until the tank is filled and they drown. Carl comes back, takes the bodies out, and then bleaches them so they resemble dolls and puts collars around their necks. He then suspends himself above them via chains attached to piercings in his back and masturbates. Geez... talk about RuleThirtyFour. Carl has just abducted his seventh victim, Julia, and this procedure has begun again. Vaughn plays detective Peter Novak who has been tracking Carl for some time, but just as they finally apprehend him at his house, Carl falls into an irreversible coma on account of his form of schizophrenia... before he could be questioned regarding the whereabouts of the farm where Julia is soon to be drowned.
20th Sep '16 3:13:11 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* RaceAgainstTheClock: Stargher's last victim is held in a mechanism that will drown her after a certain period of time has elapsed, putting pressure on law enforcement to rescue her in time. The film occasionally cuts back to show rising water levels in her cell.



* TickingClock: Stargher's last victim is held in a mechanism that will drown her after a certain period of time has elapsed, putting pressure on law enforcement to rescue her in time. The film occasionally cuts back to show rising water levels in her cell.
20th Sep '16 3:12:25 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* FanService: See MaleGaze, below.

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* FanService: See MaleGaze, below.When Catherine bends over to root around her fridge, the camera focuses on her ass.



* JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind: Obviously.

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* JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind: Obviously.The central premise of the film, with Catherine and Novak entering Stargher's mindscape to find the location of his last victim.


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* TickingClock: Stargher's last victim is held in a mechanism that will drown her after a certain period of time has elapsed, putting pressure on law enforcement to rescue her in time. The film occasionally cuts back to show rising water levels in her cell.
20th Sep '16 3:08:12 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ArtisticLicenseLaw: As WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic points out, Carl is still in police custody when Catherine gives him a MercyKill, yet the FBI let her go without a hitch.

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* ArtisticLicenseLaw: As WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic points out, Carl is still in police custody when Catherine gives him a MercyKill, yet MercyKill. While the FBI let her go without probably could never hope to prosecute a hitch.hero who killed someone in his dreams, they don't even seem to notice what she did.



* CleanCut: That poor, poor horse. Or was it? It didn't appear to actually die... [[FateWorseThanDeath That poor, poor horse!]]
* CostumePorn

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* CleanCut: That poor, poor horse. Or was it? It didn't appear A horse is cleanly cut into a number of pieces by glass panels, which are then separated. Due to actually die... [[FateWorseThanDeath That poor, poor horse!]]
dream logic, the horse is still alive, just with spaces in between its sections.
* CostumePornCostumePorn: The dream world runs on gorgeous, intricate and highly symbolic costumes.
20th Sep '16 3:02:25 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ShoutOut: Many scenes in the movie are homages to various real-life works of art. The aforementioned sliced-up horse scene and the Carl's mother doppelgangers are homages to a sculpture by Damien Hirst and a painting [[Music/DavidBowie one of Tarsem's friends]] has in their house, respectively.
** Carl's victims are also found on a riverbed, [[TwinPeaks dead, wrapped in plastic]]. And before Carl is captured, he sings "Marsie Dotes", which Leland sang in the second season.

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* ShoutOut: Many scenes in the movie are homages to various real-life works of art.
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The aforementioned sliced-up horse scene and the is a reference to a sculpture by Damien Hirst
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Carl's mother doppelgangers are homages a reference to a sculpture by Damien Hirst and a painting [[Music/DavidBowie one of Tarsem's friends]] Music/DavidBowie has in their house, respectively.
his house.
** Carl's victims are also found on a riverbed, [[TwinPeaks [[Series/TwinPeaks dead, wrapped in plastic]]. And before Carl is captured, he sings "Marsie Dotes", which Leland sang in the second season.
20th Sep '16 2:59:58 PM CaptainCrawdad
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''The Cell'' is a 2000 psychological-thriller/horror with some sci-fi elements directed by Tarsem Singh, and starring Music/JenniferLopez, [[Creator/VincentDOnofrio Vincent D'Onofrio]] and Vince Vaughn. It is Tarsem's feature-length film debut; he formerly was a director of music videos, such as Music/{{REM}}'s ''Losing My Religion''. Said background certainly shows in the movie...

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''The Cell'' is a 2000 psychological-thriller/horror with some sci-fi elements directed by Tarsem Singh, and starring Music/JenniferLopez, [[Creator/VincentDOnofrio Vincent D'Onofrio]] and Vince Vaughn. It is Tarsem's feature-length film debut; he formerly was a director of music videos, such as Music/{{REM}}'s ''Losing "Losing My Religion''. Said background certainly shows in the movie...
Religion."



* StrawmanPolitical: Notably averted. The film seems to disagree with Novak's views on the FreudianExcuse, but still treats his view (and any audience members who share said view) with respect.

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* StrawmanPolitical: Notably averted. The film seems to disagree with Novak's views on the FreudianExcuse, but still treats his view (and any audience members who share said this view) with respect.
25th Apr '16 11:22:15 PM aye_amber
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* ShoutOut: Many scenes in the movie are homages to various real-life works of art. The aforementioned sliced-up horse scene and the Carl's mother doppelgangers are homages to a sculpture by Damien Hirst and a painting [[DavidBowie one of Tarsem's friends]] has in their house, respectively.

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* ShoutOut: Many scenes in the movie are homages to various real-life works of art. The aforementioned sliced-up horse scene and the Carl's mother doppelgangers are homages to a sculpture by Damien Hirst and a painting [[DavidBowie [[Music/DavidBowie one of Tarsem's friends]] has in their house, respectively.
15th Nov '15 12:40:55 PM eroock
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* DreamIntro: In opening scene the protagonist is riding a horse in a desert; the horse turns into a statue. The scene is revealed to be a child's dream which the protagonist (a child psychiatrist) has entered using a new technology.
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