The Cell is a 2000 science fiction psychological thriller film directed by Tarsem Singh in his directorial debut, and starring Jennifer Lopez, Vince Vaughn, and Vincent D'Onofrio. The film follows scientists as they use experimental technology to enter the mind of a comatose serial killer in order to locate where he has hidden his latest kidnap victim.
Child psychologist Catherine Deane is hired to conduct an experimental virtual reality treatment for coma patients: a "Neurological Cartography and Synaptic Transfer System" device managed by doctors Henry West and Miriam Kent that allows her to enter a comatose mind and attempt to coax them into consciousness. The technology is funded by the parents of her patient, Edward Baines, a young boy left comatose by a viral infection that causes an unusual form of schizophrenia. Baines' progress has been hampered by a bogeyman-like alter ego whom Deane avoids. Despite Deane's lack of progress, West and Kent reject Deane's suggestion to reverse the feed to bring Baines into her mind, fearing the consequences of him experiencing an unfamiliar world.
|editor||Paul Rubell Robert Duffy|
|events||serial killer telepresence|
|genre||horror science fiction thriller|
|keywords||abuse alter ego bogeyman breathe capture car accident cell child abuse child psychologist child psychology coma coup de grâce dream world dreamscape drown fbi glass injured kill killer car learn lucid dream mercy killing mind monitor prison cell real world scaly snake-man schizophrenia serpent the world is not real twist virtual reality walk young boy|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling|
|producer||Eric McLeod Julio Caro|
|publisher||Kinowelt Filmverleih New Line Cinema|
|theme||psychological horror psychological thriller science fiction horror science fiction thriller serial killer|