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The Cell

Year: 2000
Director: Tarsem Singh
Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Vince Vaughan, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jake Weber
One of the films that made me realise Vince Vaughan had gone straight from indie star to B grade hack after such auspicious beginnings in Swingers (but before his current renaissance thanks to the likes of Dodgeball and The Wedding Crashers).

Vaughan is the detective who's enlisted the help of a psychologist (J Lo) to enter the mind of the comatose serial killer using a revolutionary (but highly implausible) technology. They've captured the guy, but his last victim is still hidden somewhere, and the clock's ticking on the time-release death he has planned for her.

The opportunity for unique visuals is plumbed as much as it can be as both Lopez and Vaughan chase each other and the killer's consciousness around a nightmarish mindscape, but it's all pitted against the backdrop of a by-numbers cop thriller and didn't make too much of an impact on me.

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