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Cell 211

(DVD - 2011 - Spanish)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Cell 211
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On his first day on the job, prison officer Juan Olivier is knocked unconscious in a freak accident and his co-workers carry him to an empty cell. When he awakens, Juan discovers that he has been abandoned in the middle of a riot in a high-security cellblock, home to the prison's most dangerous criminals. If they discover he's a guard, he's dead meat. To survive, Juan must pose as a prisoner and conspire with the riot's vicious leader, Malamadre.
Title: Cell 211
[videorecording]
Publisher: Brooklyn, NY : Kimstim : Zeitgeist Films, 2011
Edition: Widescreen presentation
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (111 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: IFC Films & Telecinco present ; produced by Emma Lustres ... [et al.] ; director, Daniel Monzón
Notes: Title from web page
Originally released as a motion picture in 2009
Special features include making of documentary and original theatrical trailer
Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Summary: On his first day on the job, prison officer Juan Olivier is knocked unconscious in a freak accident and his co-workers carry him to an empty cell. When he awakens, Juan discovers that he has been abandoned in the middle of a riot in a high-security cellblock, home to the prison's most dangerous criminals. If they discover he's a guard, he's dead meat. To survive, Juan must pose as a prisoner and conspire with the riot's vicious leader, Malamadre.
Alternate Title: Celda 211
Branch Call Number: DVD SPANISH Action CELL
Country of Producing Entity: Spain
Performers: Alberto Ammann, Luis Tosar, Antonio Resines, Marta Etura, Manuel Morón, Carlos Bardem.
System Details: DVD ; stereo ; widescreen
Other Language: Spanish dialogue with optional English or Spanish subtitles
Subject Headings: Prisons Officials and employees Drama Prison riots Drama Prisiones Funcionarios y empleados Teatro. bidex Prisiones Tumultos Teatro. bidex
Genre/Form: Action and adventure films
Prison films
Feature films
Foreign films
Topical Term: Prisons
Prison riots
Prisiones
Prisiones
Spanish language edition
Publisher No: KS2085 Kimstim
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In the film Elysium, the planet Earth is a de facto prison for masses of oppressed people. Celda 211 is more brutal than Elysium, but this prison film from Spain has a keen social conscience. Described as “a white-hot prison drama with a Byzantine plot and enough gore to make Reservoir Dogs look ... Read More »


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More than just a prison riot movie. Directed by the great Daniel Monzon with my favorite European actors Luis Tosar and Carlos Bardem .

This film explores the dark side of society between those who own it and control it and the powerless, and the struggles that come about as a result. It shows us how western society gets rid of the unwanted and throws them behind bars without encouraging any positive change in their attitudes, behavior or personalities. And how these men are locked up without any hope or future aspirations in an intolerable violent world. Their only education to become a criminal to greater extent.

How these unwanted, miserable, less than human, loveless characters are confined in a living hell. When they rebel against prison authorities, or attack each other, as a result of their painful situation, this is what gets to be call a prison riot. A great similarity to the prison system in the United States which does nothing to redeem these individuals or prepare them for life outside of prison walls.

Aug 13, 2013
  • tj_is_cool rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Watchable. Some parts of the plot do not make sense.

Jun 30, 2013
  • stse88 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Gripping prison drama with a taut script and very good acting.

Mar 17, 2013
  • karmafarmer rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Not for me... the things I disliked about this were quite similar to my panning points of "The Pusher" Trilogy; so if Cell 211 was enjoyable to you check out another foreign film entry: Nicolas Winding Refn's Pusher Trilogy.

Mar 05, 2012
  • rock_n_roll rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A must see prison movie. Luis is at his best role in his career.

Jan 08, 2012
  • BlueMoonGirl rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Very good prison riot movie. Still based on good-vs-evil but I found myself invested in the main characters.

Dec 18, 2011
  • neonkc rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

esta si es una buena pelicula española muy buena

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