- 1 hr 47 min
One of the most famous and visually stunning films by director Tarsem Singh, The Cell stars Jennifer Lopez and Vincent D'onofrio, as an investigator and serial killer respectively. Serial killer Carl Stargher has gone into a coma before the FBI can find out where his last victim is buried, a young girl stuck in a cell filling with water on an automatic timer, and the clock is ticking. Catherine Deane is both a child psychologist, as well as an experienced user in an experimental virtual reality machine that allows therapists to enter the minds of those in a coma. She goes into Stargher's head, attempting to figure out where the last victim is being held before it's too late. Deane discovers that, in Stargher's head, there's an innocent half that was abused by his father and a murderous half that kills people. Despite herself, Deane is sucked into Stargher's brainscape, where she tries to save his innocent half and to confront the killer. However, the killer is in charge of the mindscape, and Deane almost becomes his victim and queen. With the intervention of another agent, though, critical clues are discovered, and the last victim is saved just in the nick of time. After the girl has been saved, Deane reverses the process and pulls Stargher into her head. She presents a flowering garden of Eden for the innocent half, and the killer manifests as a serpent sliding through the greenery. However, what Deane finds is that she can't destroy the serpent and leave the boy; they are, at the end of the day, the same man. The child asks her to end it, and she drowns him as a mercy killing. At the end of the film she adopts Stargher's dog and then goes back to using the treatment method to help other patients in comas, none of whom are deranged serial killers.