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Cell 213 (2011/E1 DVD)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: D Film: D

From the Director of Boogeyman comes Cell 213 - a 2011 horror film that with some interesting ideas but a story that feels like a film school student wrote it in advanced screenwriting class.

In the film, Lawyer Michael Grey (Balfour) is summoned to an isolated prison to defend a murderer. When the murderer violently kills himself during their interview, all eyes are on Grey and he is soon sentenced in the same prison, South River State Penitentiary. Forced to deal with a sadistic guard (Rooker) and an enigmatic Warden (Greenwood) and locked in Cell 213, the same as the murderer who put him in prison, God and the devil battle for Grey's soul, while the question of his guilt and innocence hangs in the balance.

There are a few scary moments here and there but overall the film feels a little implausible like its hard to imagine that Grey (our dumb protagonist) would be convicted of first-degree murder because he had no reason to pre-meditate the killing. And, if he's such a hot-shot lawyer, why couldn't he convince judge and jury that it was temporary insanity? Also why would Grey be sent to the very prison run by the chief witness against him? So many logistical questions in the plot in the opening that by the time the big twist comes it all starts to lose the viewer.

Sound and Picture on the disc are standard for the format with a standard 16.9 anamorphic widescreen image (2.40:1) that looks fine for DVD and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track. Subtitles on the disc in English SDH. Total running time for the film is 109 minutes.

No extras are on the disc with the exception of a trailer.

All in all this effort isn't all that grand - a film that wasn't released on Blu-ray is usually a sure sign.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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