‘Cellular’ leaves viewers waiting for what’ll happen next


Screenshot from the official movie trailer

Ryan Ackerman talks to Jessica Martin on the phone while chasing down the kidnappers.

Emma Andrews, Guest Writer

This movie is an action-packed movie full of suspense that leaves the viewers on the edge of their seats, waiting for what will happen next.

“Cellular” – which is now available on Netflix – was a great movie with a great plot.

In the city of Santa Monica, Ca., main character Ryan Ackerman gets an unexpected phone call from school teacher, Jessica Martin, stating that she has been kidnapped by four men. Ryan at first doesn’t believe what Jessica has told him, but after hearing through the phone one of the men interrogating her, he starts to believe the situation.

The story continues when he drives all around town, running into obstacles throughout his rescue mission. His main goal is to try to save Jessica and her family. He must get them away from the four men, and their dirty cop accomplice, who are trying to get something back from them that can get them into major trouble.

Sophomore Carolina Tellado really enjoyed the plot of the movie and thought it was well thought out. She said, “Overall it was a good plot and it kept my interest and had a very interesting back story to everything which I did not expect.”

The acting in this movie was fantastic. Actress Kim Basinger did a phenomenal job as Jessica Martin and truly captured the emotion of the character.

There were many scenes where Kim had to cry and act sad, distressed, worried and scared throughout the movie. While I was watching, she made me feel whatever emotion she was feeling and brought the plot of the story to life by making it seem like you, the viewer, was there too.

Tellado thought that Kim did an exceptional job with her character as well. She said, “She’s very believable for this role and she made me believe she was really in danger.”

Chris Evans also had fantastic acting skills in this movie. If you’ve seen any of the Captain America movies, you know this man can act. This movie just further proves that.

While watching this movie, Evans honestly made you think that his character, Ryan Ackerman, truly cared about Jessica Martin and her family and wanted to save and protect them.

Another aspect that I found quite well done in this movie was the camera work. The way that the cameramen switched angles within the scenes of the movie genuinely captured the emotion of the characters and the mood of the scene. For example, if a character was supposed to be upset, the cameraman would zoom in onto their face to capture the facial features and focus on the sadness in their eyes.

The production, “Cellular”, reminds me of a 2017 movie called “Kidnap”. They both share striking similarities. For instance, they both involve a hostage scenario and a heroic civilian.

Halle Berry, who plays Karla, the mother in “Kidnap”, along with Ryan are both trying to save the hostage and catch the kidnapper. They both must overcome obstacles to achieve this goal as well.

In contrast, Karla had no access to a cell phone during her chase, while Ryan, depended on his cell phone throughout most of the film.

This film was great and I enjoyed watching it a lot, but things can always be better. For one, I didn’t really like how quickly and randomly the perspective changed. It would be in the perspective of Ryan and then in the blink of an eye it would change to Jessica’s perspective and then Mooney’s (the cop in the film).

This aspect of the film gave me a little bit of a headache and was hard to keep up with. Despite this, everything did end up tying together and making sense in the end.

Tellado also thinks that there were parts of the movie that were more difficult to understand. She said, “It was a very fast paced movie and at some points it was a bit harder to follow, but, in the end I found that I actually really enjoyed the film.”

“Cellular” is a suspenseful movie that keeps the viewers eager and always wondering what will happen next. It had a well thought out plot and a great ending, despite some unanswered questions at the end. The only thing that keeps this movie from not receiving a 5 out of 5 is the constant perspective changes that are hard to keep up with and are a little irritating. Other than that, It was certainly worth my time and I would rate it 3.5 out of 5 cell phones.

Movie facts
Cellular (2004)
Running Time: 1 hour and 33 minutes
Starring Actors: Chris Evans, Kim Basinger, Jason Statham and William H. Macy
Director: David R. Ellis
Producers: Dean Devlin and Lauren Lloyd
Rating: PG-13, violence, terror situations, language, and some sexual references
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Fun Fact: Chris Evans, who portrays Ryan Ackerman, is best known for his role as the renowned Captain America
Rating from Rotten Tomatoes: 55%
My rating: 3.5 out of 5 cell phones