Cellular

Starring Kim Basinger, Chris Evans and William H Macy. Directed by David R. Ellis.
Running Time: 94 mins
Rated:
An entertaining thriller for those who enjoy a bit of tension, some mystery and some peril. When a science teacher is abducted from her home without any reason given, she is confined to an attic where the phone is smashed. She skilfully connects a line and reaches a self-absorbed young man who has just been told off by his girlfriend. He promised to do something good during the day. Little did he realise what the chance phone call on his mobile phone would do to him - heroics that he never dreamed of.

Kim Basinger has to spend most of the film looking harassed and speaking desperately down the line. Chris Evans acquits himself very well with quick
wit, action stunts and speed driving, generally outwitting the kidnappers. Jason Statham is menacing as the leader of the gang who are not what they seem. It is op to William H. Macy to bring some kind of calm and humour into the situation as well as to complete the investigation - not without some dangerous and menacing sequences. There is some comic relief as our hero tries to get his phone re-charged but is frustrated by a sale going on and lectures on customer courtesy as well as his hijacking (twice) of the expensive car of an obnoxious litigation lawyer.

Far-fetched, one hopes, but a well-made thriller while on screen.

Fr Peter Malone MSC is the International President of SIGNIS: the World Association for Catholic Communications and an Associate of the Australian Catholic Film Office.