The Cell (2000)
The whole movie is tonally weird, shifting from an FBI procedural in the Silence of the Lambs vein to a Hellraiser-style nightmarescape. All the grotesquerie feels contrived — particularly serial killer Carl Rudolph Stargher’s ridiculous method of killing his victims — but you have to respect director Tarsem Singh’s unapologetic commitment to his vision.
You also have to respect Jennifer Lopez for agreeing to star in something so dark and strange. She’s surrounded by a cast stacked with great actors including Vincent D’Onofrio, Vince Vaughn, Dylan Baker, Peter Sarsgaard and Dean Norris.
It’s one of those movies we respect for the cast alone — but also the vision.